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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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Over 10 million US children head to after school programs when the school day ends. Young people who stay for after-school programming spend a large part of their waking hours on the school campus. Out-of-School-Time (OST) programs provide youth with safety and supervision. Research shows that some OST programs can support student academic achievement and may play a role in reducing health disparities.  OST programs can also provide opportunities for children to get physical activity and to learn and practice healthy eating. Additionally, programs that follow evidence-based practices aimed at improving personal and social skills of youths are linked with positive social behaviors. However, CDC research suggests that families in rural communities have less access to school-based OST programs than those in urban areas.

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