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Healthy Lifestyles

Improving the Health and Wellness of Families

National PTA is committed 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' ability to thrive.   

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

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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 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.

Get Started Talking about Physical and Mental Health

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 physical health and mental health regularly with your families and taking some action steps to move closer to leading healthy lives. And start small!

  • Resources to be physically healthy
  • Tools to proactively strengthen our mental health and social and emotional well-being
  • Information on how to support our planet and local communities

We will also create opportunities for peer-to-peer sharing throughout the year.

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Three Pillars of Healthy Lifestyles


Our Healthy Lifestyles initiative includes the following three pillars. Click on each to learn more.

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

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

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