Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Tobacco (PANT)
Maine is seeking to increase the percentage of schools that teach about
all of the following in a required course:
- Physical, psychological, or social benefits of physical activity.
- Health-related fitness (i.e., cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular endurance, muscular strength, flexibility, and body composition).
- Phases of a workout (i.e., warm-up, workout, cool down).
- How much physical activity is enough (i.e., determining frequency, intensity, time, and type of physical activity).
- Developing an individualized physical activity plan.
- Monitoring progress toward reaching goals in an individualized physical activity plan.
- Overcoming barriers to physical activity.
- Decreasing sedentary activities such as television viewing.
- Opportunities for physical activity in the community.
- Preventing injury during physical activity.
- Weather-related safety (e.g., avoiding heat stroke, hypothermia, and sunburn while physically active).
- Dangers of using performance-enhancing drugs such as steroids.
- Implement a professional development plan that includes 12 suggested topics from
CDC’s Guidelines to improve the quality of physical education.
- Provide training and follow-up support to physical education teachers in using the
Physical Education Curriculum Assessment Training.
Maine is seeking to increase the percentage of schools
that use at least three of the following strategies anywhere in the school to promote
- Price nutritious food and beverage choices at a lower cost while increasing the price of less nutritious foods and beverages.
- Collect suggestions from students, families, and school staff on nutritious food preferences and strategies to promote healthy eating.
- Provide information on the nutrition and caloric content of foods available.
- Conduct taste tests to determine food preferences for nutritious items.
- Provide opportunities for students to visit the cafeteria to learn about food safety, food preparation, or other nutrition-related topics.
- Host a joint training for food service directors and school health coordinators to foster
collaboration in employing strategies that promote healthy eating within the cafeteria.
- Support school participation in the Farm to School program by providing technical
assistance on best practices for food service directors and school health coordinators.
- Collaborate with other state partners to update school nutrition guidelines that
incorporate Institute of Medicine standards.
Maine is seeking to increase the percentage of schools that
implement a tobacco-use prevention policy in all of the following ways:
- Provide visible signage.
- Communicate the policy to students, staff, and visitors.
- Designate an individual responsible for enforcement.
- Have a process in place for addressing violations.
- Use remedial rather than punitive sanctions for violators.
- Tailor consequences to the severity and frequency of the violation.
- Communicate student violations to their parents and families.
- Collaborate with Partnership for a Tobacco-Free Maine to develop a tobacco
policy assessment and implementation tool.
- Partner with Maine Youth Advocacy Network and Maine Youth Legislative Council to
share data regarding statewide tobacco policies.
- Create a communication plan to disseminate information to school health coordinators,
school administrators, and other educators about tobacco policies and their enforcement at
the district and school level.