The Healthy Lifestyles program provides family-centered education and tools that connect them with schools and advocate for healthy changes in nutrition and physical activity. In a healthy school:
- All foods, beverages and snacks sold or served meet National School Nutrition Standards.
- All students have opportunities to be physically active on a regular basis.
- All students have access to regular physical education.
- Districtwide wellness policies are developed, implemented and evaluated with input from students, parents, staff and interested community members.
What PTAs Can Do
- Improve student nutrition
- Increase physical activity and physical education
- Establish School Wellness Policies
- Model positive health behaviors
Participate in family-oriented programs:
- Improving Energy Balance Toolkit: Provides local PTAs with tools and resources to use in partnering with schools and engaging families in addressing an everyday healthy lifestyle practice known as energy balance – balancing what we eat with exercise.
- Healthy Lifestyles Month: Learn about National PTA’s Healthy Lifestyles Month, ideas for celebrating and best practices for integrating healthy lifestyles into your school.
- Fire Up Your Feet: A healthy fundraising option available to all schools and PTAs that encourages families to walk more to and from school—and in daily life—while keeping track of their steps.
- Healthy Schools Program (Alliance for a Healthier Generation): An evidence-based initiative that will helps schools improve physical education, health education, and nutrition.
- HealthierUS Schools Challenge (USDA): A voluntary certification initiative recognizing those schools enrolled in Team Nutrition that have created healthier school environments through promotion of nutrition and physical activity.
- Let's Move: A comprehensive initiative, launched by the First Lady, dedicated to solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation.
- Fuel Up to Play 60 (National Dairy Council and the NFL): An in-school nutrition and physical activity program to help students make positive changes in their schools.
- Thriving Schools (Kaiser Permanente): A targeted, multiyear initiative offering free tools and resources to improve the health of students, staff and teachers in K–12 schools.
- Parent Leadership Series (Action for Healthy Kids): Teaches parents how to work collaboratively within their school communities to improve policy and practices related to school nutrition and physical activity.