Healthy Schools Resources

Free Guided Meditation Script Library

This resource was shared by one of our student wellness teams as great mindfulness scripts to do with students! “Bubble Blower Magic” was shared as the favorite script. […]

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Making the Case for Ideal Learning in Colorado

With support from Trust For Learning, Early Milestones Colorado new policy brief: Making the Case for Ideal Learning in Colorado connects and evaluated alignment between the Principles of Ideal Learning with the Colorado Early Learning… […]

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Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook

This resource is intended to to provide people with much needed support as they deal with different emotions during the global pandemic. The workbook can be viewed online, and also is available for download in… […]

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The Science of Happiness

A free eight-week online course that offers practical, research-backed tips on living a happy and meaningful life. Created by UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, the course will zero in on a fundamental finding from… […]

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Sources of Strength-Resources for Practicing Strength at Home

Sources of Strength is a public health program that focuses on promoting mental health and building protective factors that increase connection, coping, resiliency, and wellness. This in turn prevents suicide, violence, bullying, substance abuse, and… […]

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Centennial Mental Health Community Newsletter

Do Not Underestimate the Power of Gratitude. In this newsletter, you will find information on the importance of showing gratitude and helpful ways to incorporate it into your everyday life. You will also find phone… […]

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Operating Schools during COVID-19: CDC’s Recommendations

As communities in the United States consider how to safely re-open K-12 school buildings and in-person services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers updated considerations for mitigation strategies that K-12 school administrators can… […]

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Safe Schools During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Schools are facing many challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. Find guidelines and helpful suggestions about safe school operation in this article from healthychildren.org. […]

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Cooking Matters at Home Toolkit

As families navigate the Coronavirus crisis, planning and preparing meals can be an incredible challenge in an already stressful time. Cooking Matters at Home offers ideas for how families can use what foods are available… […]

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Coronavirus Isolated LGBTQ Students from Community-Now They’re Going Back to School

The pandemic has isolated everyone, including the LGBTQ community. This is a good article with resource links at the end. […]

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Tobacco-Free Schools: Effective Partnerships & Policy

Take the first steps toward working with schools and districts to create and maintain a tobacco- and nicotine-free environment. In this training, participants will build foundational knowledge by learning about the laws and policies that… […]

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Effective Teams

Building a high-performing team is a skills-based process that can be learned and practiced. This training will highlight how high-performing teams create a climate of trust and develop shared responsibility to achieve collective results. Participants… […]

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Maximize Your Meetings

Design and lead meetings that are productive and generate progress. Participants will learn how to begin and close meetings, maximize meeting time, manage conflicts, identify and accomplish meeting tasks, and reach their goals. […]

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Practice, Practice, Practice: The Road to Students Mastering Health Skills

Practice makes perfect. When it comes to skills-based health education, practice is the hinge that connects instruction and mastery. Providing real-life, engaging practice opportunities in the health education classroom is vital to ensuring that students… […]

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December Meeting Presentations – Colorado Healthy Schools Collaborative (CHSC)

This PDF includes presentation slides from the December 9, 2020 Colorado Healthy Schools Collaborative Meeting, including CDE’s COVID-19 Updates. […]

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Making Students Feel Safe

This video, produced by Edutopia, showcases how one school has used a trauma-informed approach to help students feel safe. Edutopia is a trusted source shining a spotlight on what works in education, by showing people… […]

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Food Justice is Racial Justice

How can we shift power in our communities to create a more just food system? What community capital and resources can help us create systemic change in the ways we grow, prepare and eat food?… […]

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You Can Lead a Horse to Water…3 pages of humor and wellness work buy- in tips :-)

Annie Baker, July 2020 Everyone has heard the idiom, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make them drink”.  It basically means that you can do everything in your power to help… […]

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Getting Started with Storyvine

Storyvine captures video in a structured way using a customized video templates that ask specific questions, one at a time. This type of structured storytelling yields better stories and keeps the content authentic. Use Storyvine… […]

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Using the WSCC Model to Integrate SEL in Schools

This resource introduces schools to social and emotional learning (SEL), including the benefits of SEL for students, teachers, and parents, as well as SEL tools for managing transition, stress, and trauma. This 10-page publication also… […]

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Healthy Kids Colorado Survey Promotional Video

Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (HKCS) and Colorado Healthy Schools Smart Source (Smart Source), are Colorado’s widely-administered surveys on the health and well-being of young people and school health policies and practices that support youth health…. […]

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Dolores, Colorado Resource List

This directory of Dolores, Colorado resources provides information related to: Interpersonal violence programs Food assistance programs Housing and utility assistance programs Transportation programs If you don’t see a resource that is right for you or… […]

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Montezuma County Resources

This directory of Montezuma County, Colorado resources provides information related to: Interpersonal violence programs Food assistance programs Housing and utility assistance programs Transportation programs If you don’t see a resource that is right for you… […]

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Montezuma Inspire Coalition

Our vision is for youth of all ages and backgrounds in Montezuma County to respect, care for, and enjoy themselves, their communities, and the natural world. By encouraging them to share these values with their… […]

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Inside Out LGBTQIA Youth Resources

Resources for youth that identify as LGBTQIA. […]

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Uniting for Young People’s Success

School-based health care is a powerful investment in the health and academic potential of children and adolescents. This model delivers convenient, accessible, and wide-ranging primary and mental health care services to students where they already… […]

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Student Health Advisory Council Mural T-Shirt Campaign

One of our previous SHAC youth, now a freshman at CSU, and the artist of the mural mentioned below, developed this video and t-shirt campaign. The t-shirt campaign was 21 days in October 2020 and… […]

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Assessing Readiness & Building Resilience in the Clinical Workforce: A Foundation for ACE Screening Integration

This webinar provides strategies, promising practices, and resources to support health care providers and clinical leadership as they assess their own organizational readiness and build workforce resilience to successfully integrate Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) screening… […]

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Coronavirus: Mental Health and Wellness During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Mental Health and Wellness during COVID-19 […]

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Meeting Recording – September Colorado Healthy Schools Collaborative

This recording include the final hour of the September 16, 2020 meeting. The content presented includes: CDE’s COVID-19 Updates New resources from The Hub Updates on the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey and Smart Source […]

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September Meeting Presentations – Colorado Healthy Schools Collaborative (CHSC)

This PDF includes all presentation slides from the September 16, 2020 Colorado Healthy Schools Collaborative Meeting, including: Session Overview Slides Do Something Extraordinary Keynote Session CDE’s COVID-19 Updates Overviews from The Hub and HKCS/Smart Source […]

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Back to School Toolkit

Hand-picked resources from our school health experts to help families start the school year feeling confident and connected. […]

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Engaging Father Figures in School Health Initiatives

Strategies from schools and experts identify how to include father figures in family engagement efforts. […]

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Tips for Engaging Families in Health

Use these evidence-based strategies for engaging families in healthy behaviors, both at home and at school. […]

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Student Vision Board

Encourage students to creatively fill out and share their vision boards at home and school to help the adults in their lives learn more about them. […]

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5 Ways to Foster Social-Emotional Skills

Try these simple ways to develop social-emotional skills in your children and teens. […]

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Colorado Healthy Schools Collaborative September Agenda

Agenda for September CHSC Meeting. Learn more about the meeting here. […]

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Delta County School District: Caring, Challenging, Learning…Every Student, Every Day!

Delta County School District is located in the Gunnison River Valley in west central Colorado and serves 5,000 students across five diverse communities. Delta County School District believes it is their role to model and… […]

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Weld RE-1 School District: Row as One to a Healthy Horizon

Weld RE-1 is a rural school district in Northern Colorado and serves nearly 2,000 students across the towns of Gilcrest, LaSalle, and Platteville. Although students and staff are separated by many miles, the district has… […]

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Cross-Sector Collaboration to Address Substance Use in Jeffco Public Schools

By leveraging multiple funding sources, Jeffco Public Schools, RMC Health, and Jeffco Public Health collaborated to create a district-wide system of support for school-based nurses responsible for substance use prevention in Jeffco high schools. As… […]

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School Health Programs and Best Practices – AFHK Archived Webinars

View archived webinars from Action for Healthy Kids on school health best practices and family engagement: Mobile Meals and More: School Re-Opening and Planning for School Nutrition (July 2020) The Power of Parents: Health at… […]

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Whole Child Health – AFHK Archived Webinars

View archived webinars from Action for Healthy Kids on Whole Child Health topics: Mobile Meals and More: School Re-Opening and Planning for School Nutrition (July 2020) The Power of Parents: Health at Home (May 2020)… […]

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Introduction to Skills-Based Health Education: Daily Lesson Planning, Mastery, and Assessment

Maintain healthy behaviors, change unhealthy behaviors, and delay the onset of risky behaviors for all students. Research shows that to reach these goals, health teachers need to specifically teach health skills. Teachers will first have… […]

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Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model

The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model is the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development’s (ASCD) Whole Child approach, but takes a more specific health and wellbeing focus. The WSCC Model highlights the… […]

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SHAPE America- Reentry Resource Toolkits

Thanks to Clay Ellis, SHAPE AMERICA Central Region Leadership team member, for sharing these resources with the community! You can find a guide for PE/Health, a Teaching Strategy Workbook, and an At Home Survey for… […]

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Substance Use Issue Brief

Substance use refers to the consumption of alcohol or other drugs such as nicotine, marijuana, and prescription drugs. Students who use substances may either misuse and/or abuse them. In this Issue Brief, an overview of… […]

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School Climate Issue Brief

School Climate is a comprehensive term that refers to the quality of school life for everyone in the school community. School climate encompasses the social, physical, and academic aspects of a school. In this Issue… […]

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Call to Action: Physical Activity and COVID-19

Blog on how physical activity can be a valuable tool for controlling COVID-19 infections and maintaining quality of life. Written by: James F. Sallis, Ph.D., FACSM, is a health psychologist and Michael Pratt, M.D., M.P.H.,… […]

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Ideas 4 School Health Website – Informational Flyer

This flyer provides a short summary of information about the contents and highlights of the IDEAS for Health Website. […]

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Virtual Chat – PA & COVID-19 Times

What does #COVID19 mean for youth and family physical activity? Join @UCSDHealth  JimSallis for a virtual informal conversation this next Monday June 1st where scholars will share recommendations and answer your questions on physical activity… […]

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The Dual Capacity Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships

n 2014, researcher and family engagement expert Karen Mapp released a pioneering framework for how schools can productively and equitably engage parents in their children’s learning experiences. The framework, designed with the U.S. Department of… […]

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Storytelling Tips

This tip sheet provides some idea starters for telling stories about your work. […]

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Physical Activity Issue Brief

Physical Activity (PA) is a critical component of a healthy school and tool to improve and maintain students’ overall wellbeing. In this Issue Brief, an overview of what physical activity is and its effects, risks… […]

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10 Essential Components of Local School Wellness Policy Checklist

This document outlines the ten required components of the local school wellness policy (LWP) as defined by the USDA final rule of 2016. […]

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Getting Started With Groups on The Hub

A quick reference guide for using The Hub’s group feature. […]

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Suicide Issue Brief

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among teenagers in the United States. Often suicide occurs as a result of multiple stressors and health issues paired with feelings of hopelessness and despair. Mental health… […]

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Bullying Issue Brief

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior which occurs in the context of a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior often includes a person or group of persons targeted based on their appearance, behavior, race, religion,… […]

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Bullying Issue Brief

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior which occurs in the context of a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior often includes a person or group of persons targeted based on their appearance, behavior, race, religion,… […]

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Manhattan Middle School Allies Day Video

Manhattan Middle School in Boulder, CO, has worked diligently over the past five years to create an Allies Club that now has more than 100 student members. This group meets weekly to explore diversity as… […]

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Tobacco Education Program: Second Chance

Second Chance is a web-based tobacco education program for middle and high school youth who have violated a tobacco policy at school or a law in the community. It is a FREE on-line, interactive, and… […]

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Social Emotional Climate: WSCC Menu Advocacy Brief

As schools pursue the strategies for each component of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model, using evidenced-based strategies increases their likelihood of successful results. This document provides a sampling of the benefits… […]

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Health Skills

Learn how to support students and encourage them to maintain healthy behaviors, change unhealthy behaviors, and delay the onset of risky behaviors. Visit the RMC Health Resources and Tools page to access a variety of… […]

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Essential Components of Effective Tobacco Prevention for Schools

To be effective in preventing youth tobacco use, school districts and schools need to look beyond classroom instruction and toward developing a more comprehensive approach. This document outlines five essential components for effective school tobacco use… […]

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Developing Comprehensive Tobacco-free Schools Policy: Policy Language Examples

This resource includes policy language examples from school districts across Colorado. The examples address the required components of the Colorado Tobacco-free Schools Law and the Teen Tobacco Use Prevention Act. […]

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School Level: Implementing A Collaborative Approach to Learning and Health

The guide defines a step-by-step process for schools utilizing a Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) approach and features “travel guides” for experienced teams seeking in-depth support in specific areas (high functioning teams, meeting… […]

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2017 Healthy School Champions Magazine

The Healthy School Champions Program recognizes Colorado schools for their success at creating a healthy school environment and implementing effective school health efforts. The program celebrates schools that have excelled at creating health and wellness… […]

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