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...

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)

Using Data to Drive Decisions

Data-driven decisions are a necessity in this era of accountability and high-stakes testing. It simply isn’t good enough to implement health and wellness efforts because “we just know we’re making a difference” without having data
to support...

Using the WSCC Model to Address Youth Tobacco Use, Marijuana Use, and Vaping

Youth use of electronic smoking devices or vaping products, such as JUULs, is rising in Colorado. 46% of all Colorado high school students reported ever using an e-smoking device and 26% report use in the last 30 days (2015 HKCS). Although it is i...

Practice Makes Perfect! Developing Health Mastery Using the Health Skill Models

We’ve all heard the idiom “two birds, one stone.” Wouldn’t it be great to address both 21st Century skills and Health Education skills using consistent skill models in nearly all subject areas in all grade levels? This training will introduce newl...

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 Scho...

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 students.

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 what substance use is and i...

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 Brief, an overview of what scho...

Video and Tip Sheet-Talking to Youth About Vaping

This video identifies steps to engage in conversation with youth about the dangers related to vaping. There are also many additional great resources on<...

SHAPE America’s 2020-2021 School Reentry Considerations: K-12 Physical Education, Health Education, and Physical Activity

SHAPE America’s 2020-2021 School Reentry Considerations: K-12 Physical Education, Health Education, and Physical Activity provides schools with recommendations and school reentry considerations based on the guidance for schools provided by the Cen...

Action for Healthy Kids: Game On Activity Library

The website, Action for Healthy Kids, has put together many resources for families to be active at home. This link will take you to the Action for Healthy Kids website where these resources are available.

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.

Carlos’ Colorful Salsa (2nd Grade Nutrition Education Lesson)

This hands-on nutrition education lesson encourages students to eat a variety of vegetables every day. Students learn about farming, plants, and the cultural aspects of the Espanola Valley, and they make and eat a colorful salsa together with thei...

Messaging for Multilingual Families-Health Education

When it came to notifying our parents and guardians that schools were about to begin Comprehensive Health units, we ran into logistical issues with distribution of letters and connections with home. We were finding that our translated letters did ...

Moving More at Home

Help families move more with our free tools, resources, games, activities, and more designed to make physical activity easy and fun for all!

Family Activity Planning Guide

When families are physically active together, they can have fun while encouraging healthy choices. Hang this chart on a wall or refrigerator and track your family activity goals each month!

All Weather Family Activities

Kids need 60 minutes of physical activity every day! Both youth and adults can spread out their physical activity by engaging in short bouts of movement throughout the day. To help you get started, here are some simple, inexpensive, all-weather ac...

Nature-Based BINGO

Celebrate the natural world around us using this handy BINGO card filled with nature-friendly activities.

Active At-Home Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger hunts are fun activities that can support curiosity, learning, and physical activity. Whether indoors or outside, there are plenty of things around us to explore. For a fun, simple activity that can get the whole family moving while at h...

10 Tips for Taking Screen Breaks

These tips from experts and parents can help balance screen time, physical activity, and family connection.

Choose Your Own Family Adventure

Answer 3 simple questions to choose your family’s own custom adventure – a fun activity that will get everyone up and moving this summer, together!

Time-Saving Physical Activities for Busy Families

Time-saving strategies for getting the whole family active while accomplishing routine tasks.

School Meals Marketing Social Media Toolkit

Partners of the Colorado Blueprint to End Hunger have developed a free set of social media graphics and content to help with marketing school meals to a broader set of parents. The resources are free.

Uncharted- Podcast #2 By Two Colorado Educators

In this episode, I interview Aqua Stovall about her experiences of leading in education through post-Katrina recovery in New Orleans and the parallels we can all draw to the current COVID-19 pandemic. -Leading Schools/Kids Out of The Storm…<...

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 ...

Video Stress Reducing Tips By Student Leaders

The Asset Education website provide a short video series about created by student leaders about stress reduction:

People across the world need to be equipped with tools to help them cope now. There is a...

Food Day Curriculum To Use in Schools During October (or anytime)

These lessons are designed to be taught as part of Food Day events in your
community, but they can be used at any time.

Teaching these lessons, we believe, will be a rewarding experience for you and your
students. Your students ...

Teaching Science Through Cooking With Kids

With patience and creativity, children can learn more about the science behind food and nutrition by experimenting in the kitchen. Explore answers to questions such as, “what is baking soda and why is it important?” “how do our taste buds work?” a...

Using Common Household Items to Foster Play with Kids

Enjoy some fun and games with common household items using this resource provided by Colorado Action for Healthy Kids. This resources shows how to utilize some imagination to bump up the fun and activity level of kids using what you already have a...

Farm to School Curriculum

From the Colorado Farm to School Task Force, this excel spreadsheet is compilation of all the best FTS curriculum available in an easily searchable format. Need to identify school garden science curriculum for middle schoolers? Easy! Just click on...

Farm to School Primer-Farm to School in Colorado

How do schools get more farm product into their school meal programs? This tool provides an overview of farm to school efforts already underway in Colorado. This is a useful tool for a school or district taking steps to advance local procurement.<...

Qualifying for Provisional Programs in Colorado

A toolkit for Districts to increase their identified student percentage.

Signs of Abuse and Neglect Resources for Teachers

Information on what to look for, how to prepare a report, what to expect when reporting and the dos and don’ts of reporting.

Website: Coping Skills for Kids & Teens

Coping Skills for Kids provides products and resources to help kids learn to cope with the daily challenges of life. These  resources for educators and parents help young people develop coping skills related to COVID19, anger, anxiety, and more.

Social Emotional Workshop Blog and Resources

Social Emotional Workshop is a subscription-based service that provides weekly emails with social, emotional, and behavioral intervention ideas, and exclusive access to The Toolbox, a growing library of bite-size counseling resources.

16 Social-Emotional Learning Games from Proud to be Primary

These social-emotional learning games from Proud to be Primary are great for the classroom or home use. Teach positive social interactions, encourage relationship skills, and practice effective communication.

12 Games to Teach Social-Emotional Learning from Playworks

Playworks creates a place for every kid on the playground to feel included, be active, and build valuable social and emotional skills. Here are some of the games and activities our schools use to make recess fun for all students.

SEL Activities from Everyday Speech

Everyday Speech is providing users the ability to share interactive social skills games and materials with parents, 100% free, through July 1.
Parents will have access to the same videos, worksheets, and games that are normally used in schoo...

SEL Activities from

Free Social Emotional Learning Activities from include lessons, activities, and printables in the following skill areas: Communication, Cooperation, Emotion Regulation, Empathy, Impulse Control, and Social Initiation.


Calm for Bedtime

Put your kids to bed with the Calm app. Calm is helping kids around the world fall asleep so that their parents can also get a little peace and relaxation. So, why is everyone downloading the Calm app? Sleep Stories are bedtime tales that include ...

Leader In Me-Family Resources (Social-Emotional Learning)

Over 3,800 resources can be found on Leader in Me Online!
School staff members can access thousands of resources including lesson plans, videos, classroom materials, and on-demand professional development courses as...

Behavioral Threat Assessment and Management (BTAM): Best Practice Considerations for K–12 Schools

Behavioral threat assessment and management (BTAM) is a fact-based, systematic process designed to identify, assess, and manage potentially dangerous or violent situations. School safety experts, law enforcement officials, and the United States De...

APS Covid-19 & Remote Learning

This link provides a summary of the current targets that APS is focused on, along with a list of places to receive support (meals, technology, utilities etc.). Students, parents, staff and community stakeholders are encouraged to visit often for u...

Staff Checklist Challenge

Have a bit of fun with the entire staff at your school. Get into teams and have fun ‘competing’ against each other, towards a fitter and healthier lifestyle.

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 of physical inactivity, a b...

Employee Wellness Staff Interest Survey

This short survey is designed to determine employees’ interests, while at the same time giving employees a chance to better understand the concept of a wellness program.

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.

Model Local Wellness Policy

This “Basic” district-level wellness policy template meets the minimum Federal standards for local school wellness policy implementation under the final rule of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation Hea...

Learning at Home-Getting Connected Online

Browse ways to get students and homes connected for online learning. This resource is provided by the CDE and covers online resources, best practices for educators and families, getting connected, guidance on e-learning technology and looks at onl...

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