The goal of PTA’s health and wellness programming is to be a resource for PTA leaders in partnering with schools and families to create environments that encourage healthy lifestyle choices. Examples of these resources can be found on the National PTA website:

Healthy Schools

Create Healthy Homes 

Healthy Habits Program

 

PTAs have a role in advocating for and supporting health and wellness changes at every level of a child’s learning environment.  PTAs and schools should work together to address the topics most relevant to their local school needs. The goal for Healthy Lifestyles programming is to help school and home environments make the healthy choice the easy choice. 

 

​Action Items for PTAs:
 
  • Add a Health & Wellness/Healthy Lifestyles Committee to your Board
  • Recruit a Faculty Champion and feature this person in newsletters, on website
  • Plan your events for Healthy Lifestyles Month celebrated each November. 
  • Follow USDA's Team Nutrition on Twitter
  • Read this 2013 report from the CDC "Make a Difference at Your School"
  • Ask about your School Wellness Policy
  • ​Identify who is on your school's Wellness Council. If appropriate, join. ​ 
  • Schools in Cobb County can support Cobb2020, a community-wide initiative to promote healthy lifestyle choices


PTA Launches Smart Snacks Webpage

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 provided USDA with the authority to establish nutrition standards for all foods and beverages sold outside of the school lunch and breakfast programs. The ruling commonly known as "Smart Snacks" went into effect on July 1, 2014 and applies to all competitive foods sold on a school campus during the school day. 

National PTA has officially launched the Smart Snacks webpage for state and local leaders and PTA members! The webpage contains information regarding the Smart Snacks federal nutrition standards and resources from partner organizations that will assist in implementing the standards.

 

The National PTA's implementation guide, A PTAs Guide to Smart Snacks in Schools, will be distributed to state and local PTAs. National PTA is also working with key contacts in targeted states to provide education and trainings around the standards to ensure compliance. If you are interested in a web or in-person training for your state or local PTA, contact the School Nutrition Policy Fellow at schoolfoods@pta.org.

This ruling has elicited many questions. The Food and Nutrition Services Department of Cobb County School District has compiled a list of FAQs that answer many of these.  There are any number of fundraisers that are non-food and ​also ​healthy foods​ that your ​PTA can consider.

Check out the Texas PTA "Healthy Fundraising Flyer"

 

Team Nutrition is an initiative of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service to support the Child Nutrition Programs through training and technical assistance for foodservice, nutrition education for children and their caregivers, and school and community support for healthy eating and physical activity. PTA Health & Wellness chairs can help schools identify materials that can be ordered from USDA and then shared with your families. Check out the Resource library as well for ideas on events, middle school programs, social media resources and more.

 

Studies have shown that children’s physical well-being has a significant effect on their learning and long-term success.

 

When children are well-rested, well-nourished, and physically fit they are more ready to learn. Georgia has high child obesity rates, so let’s do our part to understand the issue and effect change.

 

Every parent wants his or her child to be happy and healthy. Families share the responsibility of ensuring their child’s well-being along with teachers, community members, and health care professionals. Learning the facts about various health concerns is key to this common effort.

 

These articles and resources contain research that show the connection between academic achievement and fitness:

 

Children’s Health Channel

Journal of Adolescent Health Active Living Research