Healthy Lifestyles

Did you know that adding a Healthy Lifestyles program to your PTA unit can benefit children and their families but can earn chances to help fund these type programs?  Summer is a great opportunity to spend time with family and experience new things but it is also a time of planning for PTA units.   PTA units should use the Summer to plan for programs or events they wish to sponsor during the next school-year.  Here are a few ideas on what your PTA unit can do:

National PTA Programs

Improving Energy Balance Toolkit: Provides local PTAs with tools and resources to use in partnering with schools and engaging families in addressing an everyday healthy lifestyle practice known as energy balance – balancing what we eat with exercise.

Healthy Lifestyles Month: Learn about National PTA’s Healthy Lifestyles Month which is during the month of November.  Get ideas for celebrating and best practices for integrating healthy lifestyles into your school.

Fire Up Your Feet: A healthy fundraising option available to all schools and PTAs that encourages families to walk more to and from school—and in daily life—while keeping track of their steps.  Participate in their Activity Challenge for chances to earn money for your school.

To find out more about these programs, visit the National PTA’s website at www.pta.org and look under the tab for At School

California State PTA Grants

The California State PTA grant funds are available for PTAs in good standing to develop and implement programs and projects at the unit, council and district PTA level.  Healthy Lifestyles Grants are available from the California State PTA to develop, promote and implement programs, projects and activities that will improve the overall health of children and adults. Refer to the Insurance and Loss Prevention Guide for approved activities.  Grant applications are due by October 16 and awards range from $500 – $2000.

To find out more, visit their website at www.capta.org and look under programs within the PTA Leaders tab.

Other Resources:

TogetherCounts™ is a free online resource funded by the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation to promote families eating together and doing physical activity together.  Visit the Enrichment Zone area of their website for their FREE resources to bring energy balance to clubs, camps, meetings and more. Fun and flexible, Enrichment Zone helps kids develop an active, healthy lifestyle. Get kids moving everyday using all or part of their new four-module program. – See more at:http://www.togethercounts.com/at-home/enrichment-zone#sthash.pltogLN9.dpuf

BOKS (Build Our Kids’ Success) is a free before and after school physical activity program aimed to get children moving in the morning and their brains ready for a day of learning.  BOKS program is designed for K-5, but can also be run in grades 6-8 with their modified curriculum.  The curriculum can be implemented by parents, PE teachers, staff, or other community members.  To find out more visit www.BOKSKIDS.org.

Lysol Healthy Habits Contest:

Contest runs from August 4, 2015 – October 16, 2015.  Show Lysol how you promote healthy habits in the classroom with a video (60 seconds or less) and you could win valuable gift cards worth $200 to $500 therough the Lysol Heathy Habits Contest.  For information, visit www.Lysol.com/heathyhabits.

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

The USDA has many literature, books, cookbooks, posters, and other materials centered around healthy lifestyles completely free for your school to use to help promote the local school wellness policy.  Order the materials or learn more by visiting their website at  www.fns.usda.gov and the only requirement is that the materials are shipped to an actual school address.

If you have questions about any of these programs, feel free to contact SDUCPTA at sducpta@yahoo.com

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