Healthy Living Through Environment, Policy and Improved Clinical Care (EPICC) Program

Tools & Resources

Resources

Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds Classroom Physical Activity Book

A Walking School Bus is a group of children who walk to and from scchol with one or more adults. Learn how you can set up a safe walking school bus in your neighborhood. The Utah Department of Transportation has unveiled a walking school bus app to help parents locate and coordinate with other walkers in their neighborhoods, and it alerts parents when their children make it to school. You can find the app for android and apple devices.

Funding Opportunities

HealthierUS School Challenge
Application Deadline: Rolling

The HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) is a voluntary certification initative established in 2004 to recognize those schools participating in the National School Lunch Program that have created healthier school environments through promotion of nutrition and physical activity. Monetary incentive awards are available for each HUSSC award level. Schools can submit an application at any time during the year.

Webinars

Evaluation Made Easy: Learn How to Evaluate your Farm to School Activities, USDA Farm to School Program
Second Series: Weekly on Thursdays, October 23-November 20, 2014 12:30 PM MST

USDA Farm to School Grant recipient The Colorado Farm to School Task Force is partnering with Spark Policy Institute to host two series of free webinars in the coming months that will provide participants with the knowledge and tools to implement farm to school program evaluations. The five 60-minute webinars in each series will cover specific sections of Task Force's Evaluation Toolkit, including:

  1. Toolkit Overview and Evaluation Plan Design,
  2. Outcomes, Indicators, and Measures,
  3. Choosing and Adapting Tools,
  4. Collecting and Analyzing Data,
  5. Reporting Results. 

Participants who complete the five week series can receive five hours of continuing education credits and will be invited join the Farm to School Evaluation Toolkit Google Group to share experiences and learn from each other as they implement their evaluations. In addition, the first 20 sites that have completed the training and developed their evaluation plan are eligible to receive four hours of free technical assistance from Spark Policy Institute. 

School Health Guidelines

Utah State Office of Education Core Curriculum Responsible Healthy Lifestyles 3-6

Utah State Office of Education Elementary Core Curriculum Responsible Healthy Lifestyles 3-6
Standards of learning that are essential for all students grade 3-6. They are the ideas, concepts, and skills that provide a foundation on which subsequent learning may be built.

Utah State Office of Education Secondary Health Core Curriculum

Utah State Office of Education Secondary Health Core Curriculum 7-12
The standard and objectives in the HEalth Education and Core Curriculum incorporate the National Health Education Standards providing Utah's students commonality with students across the nation.

Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs: A Guide for Schools

Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs: A Guide for Schools
A guide for schools and school districts to develop, implement, and evaluate comprehensive physical activity programs.

MMWR: School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity

School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity
Guidelines to develop, implement, and evaluate school-based healthy eating and physical activity policies and practices for students

Fit, Healthy, and Ready to Learn

A School Health Policy Guide: Fit, Healthy, and Ready to Learn
Information with scientific data, analysis, examples of state and local best practives, and evidence-based model policies that can be adapted by schools, districts, and states

Recess Guidance for Schools

Recess Guidance for Schools
The Utah Department of Environmental Quality, the State Office of Education and the Utah Department of Health collaborated to develop a set of air quality guidelines for schools to use in determinin whether to cancel outdoor recess on bad air days.

Physical Activity

Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (PECAT)

Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (PECAT)
The Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (PECAT) will hlep school districts conduct a clear, complete, and consistent analysis of written physical education curricula, based on nation physical education standards. The PECAT is customizable to include local standards.

Nutrition

Smart Snacks in School Smart Snacks in School
United States Department of Agriculture published practical, science-based nutrition standards for snack foods and beverages sold to children at school during the school day. The new standards, required by the Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, will allow schools to offer healthier snack foods, while limiting junk food.
Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool

Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT)
The Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (PECAT) will hlep school districts and schools conduct a clear, complete, and consistent analysis of health education curricula, based on National Health Education Standards and the Centers for Diease Control and Prevention Characteristics of an Effective Health Education Curriculum.

Employee Wellness

School Employee Wellness
Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE) have developed School Employee Wellness: A Guide for Protecting the Assets of Our Nation's Schools. It is a comprehensive guide that provides information, practical tools and resources for school employee wellness programs.

Health and Academics

Image of Healthy Kids Cover Health and Academic Achievement
Healthy, successful students help build strong communities. CDC’s new resources, Health and Academic Achievement, is a synthesis of evidence showing that the health of students is linked to their academic achievement.