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Healthy Lifestyles

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 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

Advocate to:

Participate in family-oriented programs:

  • Improving Energy Balance ToolkitProvides 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.

Learn More

  • 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.
  • Together Counts (Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation): A nationwide program inspiring active and healthy living.
  • Parents for Healthy Schools (CDC): A a set of resources to help schools, PTAs and school wellness committees engage parents to create healthy school environments.