Supporting Healthy Schools

CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

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Supporting Healthy Schools

When parents, families, and communities are engaged in children’s school activities, students get better grades, choose healthier behaviors, and have better social skills.

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School health activities are also more successful when parents and caregivers are involved.
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What Parents Can Do to Support Healthier Schools

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Ask that water be
available all day.

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Join the School Wellness Team
to support healthy practices.

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Encourage educators to
reward kids with extra time
for recess or a special game
instead of unhealthy snacks.

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Encourage kids to sign up
for after-school physical
activity offered by the
school—or volunteer to lead.

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Talk with neighbors about
forming a walking school
bus—taking turns walking
safely to and from school.

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Support safe walking and
biking routes to school if
the community does not
already have them.

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Page last reviewed: August 8, 2019