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Additional Resources

Over the last five years, several electronic resources have been developed to help school administrators, food service directors, physical education teachers and classroom teachers implement anti-obesity efforts in schools. Here are a few samples:

  • Action for Healthy Kids (www.actionforhealthykids.org) was created out of the 2002 Healthy Schools Summit and has affiliates in all 50 states and Washington D.C. The affiliates focus on making changes in the school environment to address healthy eating and active living for children.
  • Children in Balance (www.childreninbalance.org) is the umbrella initiative at Tufts University that engages in childhood obesity research and disseminates the tools and resources from this research, including Shape Up Somerville.
  • National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity (www.schoolwellnesspolicies.org) has compiled a clearing-house of resources for school administrators to improve, implement and evaluate their School Wellness Policies.
  • PELINKS4U (www.pelinks4u.org), based at Central Washington University, offers a comprehensive array of news and resources for physical education professionals serving grades K-12.
  • The School Nutrition Association (www.schoolnutrition.org) and Framingham State’s John Stalker Institute (www.johnstalkerinstitute.org) provide a number of tools for food service directors including continuing education credits, and ways to promote and cook healthier meals in schools.