Health & Wellness
School Health Grants – 5 Kansas Schools Will be Awarded up to $1,000 each. Apply today!
Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK), National PTA and ALDI have joined forces to support school-based efforts that help children develop healthy habits. Grants of $1,000 each will be awarded to support 2016-2017 school year wellness initiatives in California, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri and Texas (five grants awarded per state). Priority will be given to local PTA units who apply!
Applications are due September 16, 2016. Learn more information and apply here: http://www.actionforhealthykids.org/tools-for-schools/apply-for-grants
Prescription Medicine Precautions
With three times as many prescriptions filled in the U.S. than in 1980 and five times as many dollars spent on over-the-counter medicine, there are more medicines in the home today than ever before. Medicines play a vital role in treating diseases, relieving symptoms and extending lives, but they can cause serious harm to kids who accidentally ingest them, take a medication prescribed for someone else, or do not follow dosing guidelines by drug manufacturers. Learn how to keep your children and teens safe from medication poisoning: http://bit.ly/1S2pSpe
Action for Healthy Kids
Winter/Spring 2016 Webinars
These nine can't-miss webinars have everything you need to create a heath promoting school including:
hosting health fairs and Every Kid Healthy Week events;
engaging parents in school health; and
growing your school garden.
Fuel Up to Play 60 is excited to announce the launch of FUTP60 en espanol, during Hispanic Heritage Month! You can access the digital Spanish-language pages through the “en espanol” button that appears at the top of the FuelUptoPlay60.com homepage.
If you’d like to bookmark the page or share in communications, the direct URL is espanol.FuelUptoPlay60.com.
Spanish-speaking adult audiences will have access to culturally relevant content, including a FUTP60 Overview, two guides – the first contains information on how parents can get involved in school and the other contains information on how parents can get involved at home, and a take-home letter template about the program to give to students for their parents.
Spanish-speaking students who join FUTP60 via the en espanol page will have access to the student Dashboard, including messages, challenges, polls, points status and reporting functions.
Both adults and students have access to the Spanish-language Playbook.
Encourage Spanish-speaking friends to visit FuelUptoPlay60.com and click on the “en espanol” button to learn how they can active the program in Spanish!
Back to School Challenge – Become a Fuel Up to Play 60 School
Go here and learn how you can implement Fuel Up to Play 60 at your school! Fuel Up to Play 60 also offers funding opportunities to improve the healthy eating and physical activity options in schools. There is up to $4,000 per year available to qualifying K-12 schools enrolled in Fuel Up to Play 60.
Take a look at the funding application now to guarantee your submission before the November 4, 2015 deadline.
A Health & Wellness Update from National PTA President, Laura Bay.
This summer, I participated in the Fuel Up to Play 60 Student Ambassador Summit in Chicago. Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Dairy Council and the National Football League, in collaboration with USDA, to help encourage today’s youth to lead healthier lives.
The Student Ambassador Program gives youth a voice in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program by bringing together youth leaders so they can inspire healthy change for themselves, their schools and their communities – and I spent an entire day with 150 student ambassadors. The day began by listening to the students share their experiences from the earlier days of the summit while we all enjoyed a balanced breakfast from the build-your-own-breakfast bar. The students showed excitement, were energized and eager to share their leadership experiences.
Read More about our National PTA President and Fuel Up to Play 60
Kansas 2015 School Nutrition Poll
Kansas parents and voters believe that healthy food in schools helps children learn and do their best.
Kansas has dropped sharply from one of the healthiest states in the early ’90s to the middle of the pack.
This article from the Topeka Capitol Journal explains.
On July 1, 2014, the Smart Snacks guidelines - which originated from the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 - went into effect. All schools enrolled in the National School Lunch Program must comply with the nutrition guidelines for what is considered "competitive foods" - more commonly referred to as "Smart Snacks". Kansas PTA and National PTA are providing all families information to what this means for our students in Kansas schools.
USDA recently published practical, science-based nutrition standards for snack foods and beverages sold to children at school during the school day. The standards, required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, will allow schools to offer healthier snack foods to children, while limiting junk food.
The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 directed the USDA to establish nutrition standards for all foods and beverages sold to students in school during the school day, including foods sold through school fundraisers.
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 requires USDA to establish nutrition standards for all foods sold in schools — beyond the federally-supported meals programs. This new rule carefully balances science-based nutrition guidelines with practical and flexible solutions to promote healthier eating on campus. The rule draws on recommendations from the Institute of Medicine, existing voluntary standards already implemented by thousands of schools around the country, and healthy food and beverage offerings already available in the marketplace.
Smart Snacks in School lays out targeted, science-based nutrition standards for beverages that reflect current nutrition science and progress being made in States and local communities across the country, as well as through existing voluntary efforts. The new standards allow variation by age group for factors such as portion size and caffeine content. While water is available on an unlimited basis, USDA has established reasonable, age-appropriate portion size standards for all other beverages in order to reinforce the important concepts of moderation and balance in student diets.