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Free Resources to Support Healthy Sleep for Children

Better sleep leads to better performance. In the classroom, on the field, and in life. The Alliance for a Healthier Generation and Sleep Number campaign, Sleep Smarter. Perform Better. campaign, is designed to raise awareness about the importance of improving child and youth sleep. Visit HealthierGeneration.org/SmarterSleep to access free healthy sleep resources and fun activities for children of all ages.

How to Find Smart Snacks this Summer

We are thrilled to share a new resource from our partners at the Alliance for a Healthier Generation – the Healthier Generation Store with Amazon Business.  This tool is the first verified online store dedicated to selling products that meet the USDA Smart Snacks in School Standards.

With the Healthier Generation Store, you can make sure your school or district is meeting the Smart Snacks Standards, even outside of the cafeteria. From school stores and vending machines to fundraisers and classroom celebrations, the Healthier Generation Store can even be used for events thrown by student groups or the PTO/PTA.

If you’d like to get started in time for summer, it’s simple! With a free Amazon Business account, you can enjoy business-level pricing, tax-exempt purchasing, and free standard shipping on eligible orders of $25 or more.  Learn more at HealthierGeneration.org/Amazon today.

Girls Are Athletes

Fact: Girls today in the United States are far less likely than boys to be physically active or participate in sports. This means girls are missing out on vital physical, social and emotional health benefits.

But why? One reason: too many girls lack the confidence to get in the game.

We can change that. Join the #GirlsAre movement and help the Alliance for a Healthier Generation empower girls to see themselves as athletes and feel strong, powerful and confident.

Sign the #GirlsAre Pledge

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week!

This week, we’re celebrating all the hard-working teachers who are impacting students’ lives and improving health at school. Check the latest blog from the Alliance for a Healthier Geeration blog highlighting fun and easy ideas to show your appreciation. Remember to #ThankATeacher at your school who is making a difference!

New Rules for Wellness Policies: What You Need to Know

In late July, the USDA released its final rule on local school wellness policies, which will help to make policies stronger, more collaborative and more effective.

What does the final rule mean for your school? Find out by watching a quick video from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.

Healthy School Teams Focus of 2015 Florida PTA Leadership Convention

11742656_983803101652164_1829086630013573625_n (2)On July 17, state and national school health and wellness leaders came together to address over 800 participants at the 2015 Florida PTA Leadership Convention.  Parents, students, and community leaders listened to keynote presentations from Dr. Howell Wechsler, CEO, Alliance for a Healthier Generation and Ms. Laura Bay, National PTA President.  Dr. Wechsler stressed learning through movement, the importance of physical activity/recess in school, and how offering healthy alternatives as rewards for good behavior will make a difference in the health and well-being of children and their learning environments.  Dr. Wechsler also commended Florida for leading the nation in the support for physical activity and healthy eating within schools.

Dr. Wechsler later joined Ms. Bay, as well as several FL leaders for a school health and wellness panel.    Participants eagerly asked questions of the panel, determined to take the knowledge gained through the Florida PTA Leadership Convention and implement it within their schools.

During the second day of the convention, participants had the opportunity to learn about the new Healthy School Team requirement, fundraising, and resources from the Florida Department of Agriculture, Florida Action for Healthy Kids, and Dairy Council of Florida.

For assistance with the new Healthy School Team requirement, please visit the Florida Department of Agriculture’s website

For resources available to assist your Healthy School Team, please visit Action for Healthy Kids’ website

For information on how the Florida Dairy Council can assist your Healthy School Team, please visit Fuel Up to Play 60’s website