Our understanding of student wellness has expanded in recent years, with a recognition that a student’s cognitive, physical, mental, social, and emotional health are inextricably connected. Healthy school communities are more important than ever in helping to nurture the “whole child,” including helping students develop social and emotional learning (SEL) skills and fostering an atmosphere of school connectedness to engage students and better support their academic learning and growth whether conducting in-person or online learning.
America’s schools continue to play a crucial role in fostering student wellbeing, particularly those that rely on school meal programs, extracurricular activities and the social/emotional support of the school community. Investments in growing healthier school communities show the promise of a lifelong return on investment (ROI).
We’ve included the below materials so you can learn about what is at stake with our school communities and how you can get involved.
Healthier School Communities: What’s at Stake Now and What We Can Do About It
Healthier School Communities addresses why healthy schools matter today: what’s at stake, what progress has been made, what challenges we face and what key opportunities exist.
Youth Voice: Empowering Positive Change
When it comes to creating healthier schools, the need exists for more and better opportunities for empowering youth. Indeed, students may be their own best innovators and advocates.
Sustainability and the Changing food Environment in Schools
There’s a growing focus on sustainable nutrition issues in schools and according to a 2020 GENYOUth Insights survey, students themselves care about this topic and want to learn more.
Physical Activity: A Crucial Pillar of Wellness
Experts have called on schools to adopt more strategies to help children participate in high-quality physical education and other physical activity opportunities before, during and after school.
School Breakfast: Alternative Solutions Take Center Stage
Serving school breakfast — especially through alternative options such as Grab and Go and Breakfast in the Classroom — is possibly the easiest, most cost-effective and most directly helpful step schools can take to improve school and student wellness.