Parents for Healthy Schools Resources

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CDC’s Parents for Healthy Schools are a set of resources and tools to help schools, school groups, and school wellness committees encourage parent engagement in school health. Parents for Healthy Schools includes facts sheets, a guide with training and evaluation materials, and an e-Learning course. Schools and school groups can use these materials to do the following:

  • Educate parents about
    • school nutrition environment and services.
    • school-based physical education and physical activity.
    • managing chronic health conditions in school settings.
  • Provide parents with practical strategies and actions to improve the school health environment.
  • Provide suggestions for ways to track progress in engaging parents in changing the school health environment.

Parents for Healthy Schools also includes tip sheets called, “Ideas for Parents”. Use these tip sheets to give parents information and suggestions on how to support their child’s school with providing students opportunities for healthy eating, physical activity, and health services for chronic conditions, like asthma and diabetes.

Tools For Schools and School Groups
  • Deliver the PowerPoint presentation to parents through PTA/PTO meetings, school wellness committees, or other networks.
  • Look for signs of change and collect parent feedback using the check-in questions and the evaluation form for the PowerPoint presentation.
Ideas for Parents
Schools provide students with opportunities to learn about and practice healthy eating. The school nutrition environment refers to the foods and beverages that are available to students throughout the school day, as well as information and messages about food and nutrition that students encounter on school grounds.

Ideas for Parents provides information and suggestions for how parents can get involved in the following aspects of the school nutrition environment and services:


Schools can create an environment that offers many opportunities for students to be physically active throughout the school day. A Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program increases physical activity opportunities before, during, and after school and increase students’ overall physical activity and health.

Ideas for Parents provides information and suggestions for how parents can get involved in the following aspects of physical education and physical activity that align with a comprehensive school physical activity program:


Schools can support students with chronic conditions to be healthy and ready to learn.  Many schools offer health services and may have a full-time registered nurse or other health staff to help students with emergencies and manage health conditions, like asthma and diabetes.  Some school districts may have school-based health centers that can deliver direct medical, dental, nutritional, and mental health services to students and sometimes their families.

Ideas for Parents provides information and suggestions about how parents can support schools in managing students with chronic conditions in areas including the following:


Schools are critical environments for establishing tobacco-free social norms, educating youth about the harms of tobacco product use, and preventing students’ secondhand exposure to tobacco smoke and e-cigarette aerosol. It is important to establish and enforce a tobacco-free campus policy that prohibits the use of any tobacco product, including e-cigarettes, on school grounds and during school-sponsored events—by everyone, at all times—and prohibits students’ possession of any tobacco product at school.

Ideas for Parents provides information and suggestions for how parents can get involved in establishing a tobacco-free campus.

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