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American Public Health Association
133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition
December 10-14, 2005
Philadelphia, PA
APHA 2005
Session: School Wellness Policies
3057.0: Monday, December 12, 2005: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM
School Wellness Policies
The purpose of this session is to provide participants with information on the development and components of wellness policies in schools to reduce childhood obesity and improve the health of school children. The reauthorized Child Nutrition Act of 2004 requires local schools districts to develop school wellness policies by school year 2006-2007. This session will provide important information about specific federal requirements. Also a unique collaboration between Arkansas Departments of Health and Education will be explained. Partially funded by the Master Tobacco Settlement and Act 1220 for childhood obesity, public health nurses and community promotion specialists are providing a network of support to schools to address physical inactivity, obesity and tobacco use in addition to other identified health issues. To provide a parallel international perspective, explanation of the Every Child Matters initiative in London will be explained. Through an act of Parliament, changes planned under this initiative are aimed at improving the health, safety and achievement on young people. The main policy objectives will be explained.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the session, the participant in this session will be able to: 1. Identify key policy components or requirements for school wellness policies 2. Describe sources of and uses of technical assistance and personnel training for wellness policies and services 3. Identify importance of evidenced-based procedures for policy development and change
Organizer(s):Maria Theresa Wessel, EdD, CHES
Moderator(s):Deitra E. Wengert, PhD, CHES
8:30 AMCollaborating on the Design and Implementation of School Wellness Policies
Dana S. Carr, MPH, Julie S. Fort, MPH, RD, Sarah M. Lee, PhD, Alicia Moag-Stahlberg, RD, LD
8:50 AMGetting to Wellness: Effective and Practical Approaches for Establishing Local Wellness Policies
Brenda Z. Greene, MFA, William Potts-Datema, MS, Nora Howley, MA, James F. Bogden, MPH
9:10 AMConnecting health and education
Andrea D. Ridgway, MS, RD, LD, CDE, Susanne Tullos, RN, MNSc, MSBA
9:30 AMChange for children  [ Recorded presentation ]
John Harvey, FFPHM (UK)
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.
Organized by:School Health Education and Services
Endorsed by:Alternative and Complementary Health Practices; Food and Nutrition; Maternal and Child Health; Public Health Education and Health Promotion; Public Health Nursing
CE Credits:CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing

The 133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition (December 10-14, 2005) of APHA