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Improving the Health and Wellness of Families

National PTA is dedicated to improving the overall health and well-being of families across the country because we know living a healthy lifestyle is a key component to our students' success.

The Healthy Lifestyles initiative offers educational resources and engagement opportunities that inform students and families on ways to make better-informed health decisions.

Active, Healthy Families

What Does Living Healthy Mean?

Prioritizing you and your families’ overall health is important to living happy, meaningful lives. And living healthy means more than just eating a well-balanced diet, it includes your physical, mental and emotional well-being.

Children grow and learn in many different ways. It is the shared responsibility of families, schools and communities to develop the “whole child.” This means looking at all aspects of children holistically, from social, emotional and cognitive skills to academic subjects like literacy and math. Together they can ensure that every child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.

As parents and leaders, you do not need to have all the expertise about what it means to be healthy or be a perfect model of health. We just encourage you to prioritize talking about both physical health and mental health regularly with your families and taking some action steps to move closer to leading healthy lives. And it can start small!

National PTA’s Healthy Lifestyles Initiative includes the following three pillars. Click on each to learn more about the focus area!

Healthy Bodies


Being physically healthy by following a healthy diet and doing regular physical activity.

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Healthy Minds


Proactively strengthening our mental health and social and emotional well-being.

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Healthy Earth


Supporting our planet and local communities to build the best future.

Healthy Lifestyles Month

November is National PTA’s Healthy Lifestyles Month. Hear from Past National PTA President Leslie Boggs about how you can celebrate with us in this video!

Become a School of Excellence

In addition to the resources below, consider tying your efforts to becoming a School of Excellence! All of the resources and opportunities below cover efforts that could strengthen your work in building family-school partnerships. Learn more about the process and enroll at

School of Excellence