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Do you have tools that help you encourage creating a healthy school or district? Are those tools flexible enough to meet the specific needs of schools in your community? The Healthy Schools Toolkit is a new resource designed to help educators build healthy schools from the inside out to ensure all students are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.

Begin the journey toward healthy schools today by downloading the Healthy Schools Toolkit.

The Healthy Schools Toolkit is informed by research with two school districts in the St. Louis region to uncover how people, embedded in school systems, and armed with the right messages can make school health an actionable priority. One of the clear insights was this: there is no one-size-fits-all solution to the complex issues schools face. With this principle in mind, this toolkit was designed so that schools and districts can tailor it to meet their specific needs. You can choose which tools to use based on the resources and time you have and information you need.

The Healthy Schools Toolkit was developed by Health Equity Works, a research-based initiative in the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, as part of Together for Healthy and Successful Schools, an initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. To learn more about the toolkit and the initiative, visit the project website.

 

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SNAP-Ed teaches people to shop for and cook healthy meals. SNAP-Ed can help people learn how to make their SNAP dollars stretch. SNAP-Ed works with partners to make the healthy choice the easy choice.

The SNAP-Ed Toolkit is a collection of evidence-based interventions. You can search through the different categories and filters to find what you need. This toolkit helps SNAP-Ed Implementing Agencies across the country find evidence-based interventions and explore the SNAP-Ed Evaluation Framework in order to strengthen our impact on our goal to help SNAP-eligible households make healthy eating and physical activity choices on a limited budget.

The SNAP-Ed Evaluation Framework and Interpretive Guide is also available on the SNAP-Ed Toolkit site.

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The American Fitness Index, published by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the Anthem Foundation, was released this week. The ACSM/Anthem Fitness Index evaluates America’s 100 largest cities using 33 health behaviors, chronic diseases and community infrastructure indicators. The American Fitness Index is used as an assessment and evaluation tool to educate community leaders on the importance of key indicators of physical activity. Access the report here.

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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.

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Sustainability in the context of diet is not a new issue. The challenge is how to turn today’s more complex, nuanced definition of sustainability into a feasible reality.

This particularly difficult for those living in low- and middle-income contexts and in countries where tremendous inequalities force policy makers to make difficult decisions about what to prioritize. The rapid demographic transition underway worldwide, with increasing wealth, urbanization, and other factors driving a growing demand for meat also contributes to the challenge of sustainability.

Click here to read more in a report of the proceedings from the 2018 Food Forum of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

 

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For far too long, discriminatory laws and policies have prevented people from living healthy lives.

Everyone deserves good jobs and schools, healthy food, safe neighborhoods, quality health care, and affordable housing. But some folks are excluded from accessing these basic needs because of unfair policies that create barriers to health in underserved communities. Changing existing laws and policies is the most effective method for undoing the harms of discriminatory policies and advancing health equity across America.

ChangeLab Solutions is proud to announce A Blueprint for Changemakers: Achieving Health Equity Through Law & Policy. This new resource presents legal strategies and best practices to help policymakers, practitioners, and communities improve health outcomes.

The Blueprint outlines ways to leverage the unique power and efficacy of local policy solutions, incorporate health in all policies, and engage diverse community members in the policy process. At its core, the Blueprint focuses on comprehensive strategies to address the fundamental drivers of health inequities.

ChangeLab Solutions developed A Blueprint for Changemakers in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a national committee of advisors.

Click here for more information.

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