School Health Index
Self-assessment tools developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Currently tools are available for five of the eight areas of coordinated school health:
- Safe schools
- Physical activity
- Tobacco use
Guidelines for Offering Healthy Foods at Meetings, Seminars and Catered Events
A colorful guide created by the Public Health Nutrition faculty, staff and students in the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, one of the top public health schools in the country.
California Healthy Kids Resource Center
The California Healthy Kids Resource Center maintains a comprehensive collection of health education materials for use by teachers, administrators, university faculty, local educational agency staff, and other professionals who work with preschool through twelfth grade students in school settings and after-school programs.
Content standards, adopted by the California State Board of Education, were designed to encourage the highest achievement of every student, by defining the knowledge, concepts, and skills that students should acquire at each grade level.
Resources Pertaining to the Relationship Between Health and Academic Achievement
Making the Connection: Health and Student Achievement
A presentation from the Society of State Directors of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation.
Our Journey to Good Health
An article by Patrick Cooper, Superintendent of McComb School District in McComb, Mississippi, highlighting the district’s increase in student achievement since implementation of the Coordinated School Health, Wellness and Safety Model.
Physical Fitness and Academic Achievement
A study from the February 2005 online edition of the Journal of Exercise Physiology that examines the relationship between physical fitness and academic achievement. Scores on the Fitnessgram® are compared to reading and mathematics scores on the Stanford Achievement Test. Results indicate a consistent positive relationship between overall fitness and academic achievement. Abstract and full paper are available.