Game On: Putting School Wellness Policies into Practice
Methods: AFHK utilized their signature school wellness framework, Game On, to pilot a 3-year model to ensure schools align with district wellness policies. AFHK worked with twenty CPS elementary schools to build wellness teams, develop school-level action plans, implement nutrition and physical activities, engage parents and community, and submit applications to the HealthierUS School Challenge and CPS LearnWELL program to certify their school environments as health-promoting.
Results: 100% of schools have established and maintained school wellness team and school-level action plans, 95% of schools submitted a HealthierUS School Challenge application.
Conclusion: Game On as a 3-year model has proved to be a successful tool to support schools in aligning with CPS wellness policies and improving the school environment.
Learning Areas:Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Describe how Game On, a school-based wellness framework, can improve school health. Discuss best practices and strategies for implementing district-level wellness policies in schools. Discuss the importance of a strong district wellness policy and support to school level implementation of the policy.
Keyword(s): Nutrition, Physical Activity
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have served as the Game On: Putting Policies into Practice project manager since the project's inception two years ago. As the School Program Manager for Action for Healthy Kids, I support Illinois schools in their efforts to create healthy schools and serves as the lead contact for Chicago-area grant-funded schools as they implement their funded initiatives.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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