Partnership Launches Learning Forums
Your School Wellness Policy: The Next Step
The Partnership is hosting a school wellness learning forum as a series of conference calls in January through May, 2012.
The first was on School Nutrition in January. The participants included superintendents and other adminstrators, directors of school health services, nurse leaders, directors of food services, a school committee member, and MA Department of Public Health nutrition specialists. Offering healthy and delicious food in schools and educating students, parents, and staff about nutrition and healthy cooking was the focus. For the proceedings of this forum including useful suggestions and a link to the new State nutrition guidelines, click here: School Nutrition Forum.
You can download the forum proceedings here: School Nutrition Forum.
The second forum was on Physical Activity in Schools. Representatives of Safe Routes to School, Fuel Up to Play 60, and a State Recreation Department as well as seven school districts participated. Many suggestions were given on how to get students - and staff, parents, and community - moving. For the proceedings of this forum, which include links to programs and contact information, click here: Physical Activity in Schools Forum.
You can download the forum proceedings here: Physical Activity in Schools Forum.
School Wellness Committees was the topic of the third forum. Speakers from the MA Department of Public Health and MA Department of Elementary and Secondard Education discussed the State Standards for School Wellness Advisory Committees and the Federal Child Nutrition Reauthorization of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which goes into effect in August 2012. Representatives of schools with active and successful wellness committee also spoke. The discussion group included school administrators, nurses, nutrition specialists, and health and wellness coordinators and educators. For the proceedings of this forum, which include helpful links to programs, click here: School Wellness Committees Forum.
You can download the forum proceedings here: School Wellness Committees Forum.
Grant Writing for School Wellness was the topic of the fourth forum. All the speakers and other participants have experience in writing successful grants proposals; several also have experience in reading and evaluating proposals. Useful advice was exchanged. For the proceedings of this forum, including concrete tips for writing successful grant proposals and helpful links, click here: Grant Writing for School Wellness Forum.
Seventh Annual Meeting - June 3, 2011
Click here for information and presentation downloads from our fifth annual educational conference held January 28, 2011 - Weighing the Evidence: Changing Policy, Systems, and the Environment for Preventing and Managing Heart Disease, Stroke and Diabetes co-sponsored by Diabetes Coalition of Massachusetts
Click here for information and presentation downloads from our fourth annual educational conference held January 29, 2010 - Take It to Heart: Nutrition Matters for Preventing and Managing Heart Disease and Stroke.