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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 actively promote healthy choices, physical activity, and balanced nutrition. Read this success story to learn… Read More

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 successfully implemented a comprehensive program to support the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development of… Read More

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) Your Child’s Brain: What’s Going On in There? El Cerebro de su hijo: ¿Qué está… Read More

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 Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as national recommendations for physical education, health education, recess, and… Read More

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. Read More

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. Read More

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 their classmates and teacher. Read More

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!… Read More

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!… Read More

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 activities that the whole family can enjoy together!… Read More

Nature-Based BINGO

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

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 home, hunt for the following items and add your own… Read More

10 Tips for Taking Screen Breaks

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

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!… Read More

Time-Saving Physical Activities for Busy Families

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

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 at home. Read More

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. Read More

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 brief discussion of what schools can do to address and improve… Read More

The IDEAS 4 School Health Website – A website on Evidence Based Resources to help improve school health & academics

There is a significant amount of literature concerning policies, programs, and practices for comprehensive school health; however, there remained a need to curate the existing evidence-based strategies into a high quality and usable resource for researchers and practitioners. The creation of this website responded to this need. This site is… Read More

The IDEAS 4 School Health Website – A website on Evidence Based Resources to help improve school health & academics

There is a significant amount of literature concerning policies, programs, and practices for comprehensive school health; however, there remained a need to curate the existing evidence-based strategies into a high quality and usable resource for researchers and practitioners. The creation of this website responded to this need. This site is… Read More

Public Health in the Rockies: August 26-28, 2020

This conference is a gathering of individuals associated with public health from Colorado, Wyoming and surrounding states. Conference attendees will consist of a wide variety of participants from the public, private and non-profit sectors, as well as the medical, academic and community settings. The theme of the 2020 Public Health… Read More

Empowering Wellness: Manitou Springs School District 14 Video

Manitou Springs School District 14 is the 2017 Healthy School Champions recipient of the Platinum Governor’s Award for School Health and Wellness.  Manitou Springs is implementing school health into their systems, policies, structures, and culture.  They have a vision for putting health at the center of what they do, and a… Read More

A Way of Wellness: Fraser Valley Elementary Video

Fraser Valley Elementary School in Fraser, CO, is the 2018 Healthy School Champions recipient of the Platinum Governor’s Award for School Health and Wellness.  Fraser Valley has embedded health as a core component of their mission, vision, policies, and instructional model.  They have a systematic approach with a shared leadership model… Read More

Buffalo School District: Engaging Youth as Leaders in School Wellness

Colorado’s Buffalo School District RE- 4J has truly empowered students to be leaders and agents of change. The district wellness committee is comprised of and led by 15 high school students, and those students have fostered incredible change for the school and community in regards to health and wellness.  The… Read More

Paving the Way: Putting Wellness Policy into Action

Welcome to Part II of the Local Wellness Policy Webinar Series.  The Colorado Education Initiative and the Office of School Nutrition at the Colorado Department of Education partnered to help you update and implement your Local Wellness Policy (LWP) per adopted regulations that expanded the requirements in accordance with the… Read More

Paving the Way: Guidance on Updating Your Local Wellness Policy

Welcome to Part I of the Local Wellness Policy Webinar Series.  The Colorado Education Initiative and the Office of School Nutrition at the Colorado Department of Education partnered to help you update and implement your Local Wellness Policy (LWP) per adopted regulations that expanded the requirements in accordance with the… Read More

Unleash the Responsible Classroom: How Social-Emotional Learning Fits into Physical Education

This workshop will empower participants to explore the five core competencies of social emotional learning. During the day, participants will experience activities, dialogue, and ideas on how to implement the competencies into your pedagogy, while supporting students to develop a 21st century skill set. Participants will leave with resources that… Read More

Teaching With the Brain in Mind Part 3

Brain-based learning is not new – it’s natural.  Understanding the way your brain takes in information, focuses its attention, creates memories, and works are key in planning, designing, and teaching effectively for all learners. Participants will explore concepts related to brain integration, application of neuro-considered strategies, and the creation of… Read More

Teaching With the Brain in Mind Part 2

Get back onto the road of learning while considering the brain and how it operates, thinks, and processes information.  Take out your travel log from our Part 1 workshop or jump right in and join us as we travel and experience new “destinations” including neuroplasticity, learning to learn, mindfulness, using… Read More

Teaching With the Brain in Mind Part 1

This training workshop will focus on design, methods, and the creation of an environment that naturally enhances student learning. You will experience a variety of principles and strategies while discovering more about our brains. We will demonstrate techniques that apply brain-based learning modalities in education which assist the learning processes… Read More

Integrating Physical Activity Into the School Day

This workshop is designed for classroom teachers, physical educators, specialists, and administrators that are interested in integrating physical activity in the school setting. Evidence-based research will be presented on the positive impact of physical activity on academic performance, behavior, and overall health and wellness. Participants will learn a step-by-step process… Read More

Physical Education Assessment Strategies K-5 and Secondary Physical Education

Assessment doesn’t have to be scary! Learn new activities and see how simple assessments can be put into action in your teaching. Be ready to smile, sweat, and learn Standards Based Activities that can be fun, challenging, and meaningful. To schedule a workshop, please contact Wellness Training Specialists. Read More

Physical Education Tech Camp

Join us at Physical Education Tech Camp and learn about the latest fitness technology designed for PE from some of the top PE teachers. Find out how this technology can help you objectively assess, monitor, and document student progress while enhancing your PE program. To schedule a workshop, please contact Wellness… Read More

Strategies for Teaching Health Education in Physical Education

This K-12 workshop focuses on implementing activities and strategies that integrate Health Education into the Physical Education setting through standards-based instruction and best practices. Participants will leave with activities, lessons, and resources to use the next day, and need to come ready to be active. To schedule a workshop, please… Read More

Quality Professional Development Levels of Support

This resource provides a description of tiered levels of support, offered by the University of Northern Colorado Active Schools Lab, for organizations that want to ensure their new or existing professional development (PD) services (e.g., workshops) are effective based on evidence-based characteristics of quality PD. Read More

Game On Progam

Action for Healthy Kids’ “Game On Program” is a flexible and adaptable multi-year framework that supports America’s schools in creating healthier school environments for students, staff, and the communities they serve. This no-cost, online, step-by-step guide provides all the information and resources a K-12 school needs to host a successful… Read More

Introduction to WSCC Menus of Evidence-based Practices

This document overviews how to use the Menus of Evidence-Based Practices, based on the 10 components of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model. The Menus are resources for school and district educational professionals to utilize in the planning process for creating a comprehensive health improvement plan. Read More

Bicycle Safety Lesson Plans (Grades 3-6)

This resource includes lesson plans for implementing a bicycle safety program in school curriculum, particularly in physical education classes, for students from third through 6th (or even 8th) grade. These lesson plans introduce a variety of skills that can help children stay safe while they ride their bicycles and have been… Read More

Alliance for a Healthier Generation – Healthy Schools Program

Is your school ready to join the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program? This link will take you to a sign-in page where you will have access to free guidance, tools, and resources to implement healthy policies and practices that improve student performance, attendance, and behavior. After signing-in, you… Read More

Highly Effective Teaching in K-12 Physical Education: Putting All the Pieces Together

The new teacher evaluation can seem like a puzzle.  However, putting the pieces together seems far less daunting when you work on it together.  In this workshop we will sort through the quality standards to see how they fit into Physical Education and Health authentically. Each standard: content and pedagogy,… Read More

UNC Tap Talks

This is a quarterly event with faculty from the University of Northern Colorado’s School of Sport and Exercise Science where community stakeholders can informally discuss their ideas surrounding schools as centers for active learning. Read More

UNC Summer PAL Academy

The Summer Physical Activity Leadership (PAL) Academy, hosted by the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) Active Schools Lab, is an annual professional learning conference consisting of presentations and discussion facilitated by both practitioners and researchers on topics relating to school health and wellness. Previous conference themes have included “Physical Inactivity… Read More

SES 513: Integrating Physical Activity into the Classroom

Evaluate and explore current methods for bringing physical activity into the regular classroom, while developing a team of teacher champions at your school. This FREE, online, 16-week course is available to classroom teachers statewide who are ready to become teacher champions at their own schools to improve academic performance, increase… Read More

Creating Healthy Schools: What Parents Need to Know

Learn how to work collaboratively to improve school policy and practices related to healthy eating and physical activity. This half-day introductory workshop covers 1) making the case for healthy schools, 2) the school health landscape in Colorado, 3) best practices in nutrition and physical activity, and 4) engaging your school… Read More

Physical Education and Physical Activity: WSCC Menu of Evidence-based Practices

This menu provides a user-friendly overview of evidence-based practices for the Physical Education & Physical Activity component of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model. Read More

Recess Before Lunch Guide

When students go to recess before lunch they do not rush through eating. They tend to eat a more well-balanced meal, including more foods containing vitamins such as milk, vegetables, and fruits. This guide outlines the benefits of Recess Before Lunch and steps and considerations for implementing this change. Read More

Recess Before Lunch Educational Presentation

When students go to recess before lunch they do not rush through eating. They tend to eat a more well-balanced meal, including more foods containing vitamins such as milk, vegetables, and fruits. This presentation describes the benefits of scheduling recess before lunch and explores the anticipated challenges and solutions to… Read More

The Importance of Health and Wellness in Schools Video

This video shares the importance of addressing health and wellness in schools. We know that to create healthy and engaging learning environments, we need to give kids what they really need to succeed. We need to work for a systemic, strategic, and coordinated approach to supporting the whole child, which… Read More

Physical Education and Physical Activity: 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 and evidence-based strategies of the Physical Education and Physical Activity WSCC component as found in… Read More

Smart Guide: Physical Education and Physical Activity

The Smart Guides focus on each of the 10 component areas of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model. The Physical Education and Physical Activity Smart Guide provides a description of the component, examples of how other components support physical activity, examples of administrator support and student engagement,… Read More

Walk to School Colorado! Toolkit

This toolkit was created to make organizing a Walk to School Colorado event easy to implement. The kit includes all the necessary steps in the planning process, including assessing your community’s interest in the program. Check out the resource for many tips on preparing for your event, including resources for… Read More

Safe Routes to Schools – Community Coalition Building Toolkit

This toolkit is designed to help interested groups through the steps to organize a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) coalition in their school(s) community. The 5 Es of SRTS (education, encouragement, engineering, enforcement, and evaluation) form the basis of the steps. The toolkit guides you through the eight steps to… Read More

Pedestrian Safety Lesson Plans (Grades K-2)

This resource provides lesson plans for implementing a pedestrian safety program in your school curriculum, particularly in physical education classes. The curriculum is a combination of indoor and outdoor lessons that can be used together or separately, depending on time and space available. Each lesson builds on the concepts and skills… Read More

Learning Landscapes Toolkit

Learning Landscapes are designed to provide elementary students with physical and mental challenges in a stimulating and aesthetically appealing environment. This toolkit is designed to promote use of the Learning Landscapes throughout the day, with activities targeted to increase physical activity before and after school, at recess, as well as during… Read More

Integrating Health and Wellness for Student Success: The Story of Archuleta School District

When Colorado students are living in poverty, come to school hungry, or feel unsafe, this affects their ability to learn. In Archuleta School District’s Pagosa Springs Middle School they believe in the strong connection between student learning and health and wellness. Educators have woven health and wellness into the fabric… Read More

Alliance for a Healthier Generation – Healthy Schools Framework

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation works to empower students to develop lifelong healthy habits by ensuring the environments that surround them provide and promote good health. The Alliance’s Healthy Schools Program helps to create and sustain healthy environments where students, especially those in greatest need, can learn and flourish. Read More

Health and Wellness: A Leadville School and Community Success Story

In 2016, Lake County Intermediate School in Leadville was recognized with the Healthy School Champions Platinum Governor’s Award for School Health and Wellness. However, it wasn’t long ago that health outcomes for Leadville kids weren’t so great. That’s why educators across the district began focusing on meeting students’ basic health… Read More

Children’s Hospital Colorado – Health and safety information for families and schools

This website from Children’s Hospital Colorado provides content and resources for youth and child health, safety, and well-being on a wide range of topics that you can share with parents, caregivers, and families in your school community. The site features tips and advice for families, as well as the ability… Read More

Destination: Healthy Schools Successful Students – A Roadmap & Guidebook to Implementing a Collaborative Approach to Learning and Health at the School Level

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 facilitation, developing success stories development, data collection and usage, and community involvement). Read More

Core Subject Bicycle and Pedestrian Lesson Plans (K-8)

This resource provides lesson plans for bicycle and pedestrian topics in core subject matter areas such as math, social studies, reading, writing, science, and more. Includes resources for Kindergarten through 8th grade. The lesson plans integrate walking, bicycling, active transportation, and healthy living into core subject areas and are arranged… Read More

Bicycle Rodeo – Train the Trainer

These resources will help schools or districts with organizing a bicycle rodeo- a clinic to teach children the skills and precautions to ride a bicycle safely. All materials are available for download and use. Included are a sample PowerPoint presentation that you can modify when developing a training for bike rodeo facilitators… Read More

Alliance for a Healthier Generation – Model Wellness Policy

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation developed an excellent wellness policy template that meets the requirements of the local wellness policy final rule. A local wellness policy guides a school district’s efforts to establish a school environment that promotes students’ health, well-being, and ability to learn. This wellness policy is required… Read More

Physical Education and Physical Activity Leadership, Master of Arts in Teaching

Today, schools everywhere are implementing comprehensive school physical activity programs. The University of Northern Colorado (UNC) offers the Physical Education and Physical Activity Leadership, Master of Arts in Teaching.  This is one of the first master’s programs in the nation to prepare school professionals to fulfill the highly valued role… Read More

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