Building Healthy Schools Grant Program: Best Practices

Model Wellness Council

A school wellness council is vital to the success of a school district’s healthy living initiatives; members of a school wellness council are responsible for the development, planning, and implementation of wellness programs and oversight of policy revision and maintenance. An effective wellness council is diverse and comprises district wide representation, including but not limited to, administration, teachers, coaches, students, food service personnel, and community members. Easton Area School District and Bangor Area School district have developed an innovative and effective approach to the development and institution of their respective councils. Read more.

Water Access

Because schools are an environment where children spend a majority of their day, they have a unique opportunity to shape both academic success and student health. One way that schools can promote healthy living is by providing clean, safe drinking water and promoting drinking water over sweetened beverages. Having clean and free drinking water available to students during the school day promotes overall hydration, cognitive functioning, and prevents dental cavities, if fluoridated. William Penn School District believes that both academic achievement and health are important for shaping the lives of their students and have taken strides in ensuring that their students receive healthy drinking options throughout the school day. As a result of funding from the Building Healthy Schools grant program, they have adopted a model that promotes, produces and encourages drinking water among students and staff. Read more.

Brain Breaks

Because schools are an environment where children spend a majority of their day, they have a unique opportunity to shape both academic success and student health. One way that schools can promote healthy living is by providing clean, safe drinking water and promoting drinking water over sweetened beverages. Having clean and free drinking water available to students during the school day promotes overall hydration, cognitive functioning, and prevents dental cavities, if fluoridated. William Penn School District believes that both academic achievement and health are important for shaping the lives of their students and have taken strides in ensuring that their students receive healthy drinking options throughout the school day. As a result of funding from the Building Healthy Schools grant program, they have adopted a model that promotes, produces and encourages drinking water among students and staff. Read more.