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Schools are a key environment for improving the health of students, staff, and parents alike.

Useful links for those working to improve health in Oklahoma schools:

BE Active: Connecting Routes + Destinations – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Package of products to promote and increase physical activity in communities. The products available include an implementation resource guide, a visual guide, and real-world examples. >>Read more.

Healthy Schools – CDC Guidance and resources on topics including school nutrition, physical activity, obesity, & chronic health conditions; the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child framework; and professional development resources for staff in departments of education, departments of health, and school settings. >>Read more.

Parents for Healthy Schools – CDC ‘s parent engagement site. Parents have a powerful role in supporting children’s health and learning. >> Read more.

School Health Index (SHI) – CDC

  • A Self-Assessment and Planning Guide E-learning –  Training for those interested in implementing the School Health Index. >> Read more.
  • School Health Index Online Tool – A self-assessment and planning tool for promoting health and academic success in schools. The SHI is meant to be completed by school health teams. >> Read more.

Strategies for Recess in Schools – CDC & SHAPE America – Recess planning & evidence-based strategies to give youth opportunities to be physically active. Recess helps students to achieve the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity that can improve strength and endurance; enhance academic achievement; and increase self-esteem for children and adolescents. >> Read more.

PE Kansas Lesson Plans – Kansas State Department of Education – K-12 physical education curriculum designed to help teachers quickly generate a lesson plan. Select just a warm-up or a whole host of activities for your desired age group. >> Read more.

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Kick Butts Day occurs annually in March, and is a national day of activism that empowers youth and other advocates to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco.

Visit for activity ideas, event registration, and tons of other resources that will help make your event a success.

For more tips on KBD and youth engagement, see what our guest bloggers have done in past years:

Watch for webinars from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids in the months leading up to Kick Butts Day to help you prepare.

If your community is hosting an event for Kick Butts Day,

  1. Share what you have planned here in the forum (login required), or be inspired by others’ local events. (login required)
  2. Register your event here to get on the national map from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids!

Are you working on Kick Butts Day or other youth engagement programs throughout the year?

Connect with statewide tobacco prevention coordinator Chantel Hartman (@chantelhartman) — she is gathering up-to-date contact information for SWAT team members / youth advocates and adult partners.

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The AARP Livable Communities Roadmap to Livability Toolkit is a beneficial tool for anyone working on active living and transportation. Some of the topics mentioned include:

  • Community Listening Session Toolkit
  • Transportation Workbook
  • Health Services and Community Supports Workbook

Don’t be deceived! The toolkit is meant to create healthier communities for all individuals. Click here for the full resource.

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Schools are a key environment for creating health behavior change. Enhance your work in this area with the resources below addressing school wellness policies and a sample 24/7 tobacco-free policy.


>>Head back to the main page for wellness actions within different sectors.

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One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to talking about and implementing health policies. General information about various topics is listed below as a starting point for local wellness initiatives. Among these resources you can find: what a policy is; health facts about tobacco, nutrition, and physical activity in Oklahoma; and a toolkit for worksite smoking cessation.


>>Head back to the main page, Tools for Local Wellness Actions, for more data, templates, and tools for advancing wellness actions within different sectors.

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The documents located below provide valuable resources for negotiating health policies with the business sector. Some examples include advocating for smoke-free public housing and developing a workplace wellness policy.


>>Head back to the main page for wellness actions within different sectors.

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Looking for resources to improve health for people employed by cities and government agencies? Below, you will find resources about active transportation, tobacco-free local government properties, and healthy food retail policies.


>>Head back to the main page for wellness actions within different sectors.

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For people working with community institutions and organizations, this page contains great resources about creating wellness policies in child care facilities and out-of-school time programs, as well as enacting healthy event policies at local events. Click on the links below for more information.



>>Head back to the main page for wellness actions within different sectors.

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