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.
Parents have a powerful role in supporting children’s health and learning. Engaged parents help guide their children successfully through school, advocate for their children, and can help shape a healthy school environment. CDC has developed a set of resources called Parents for Healthy Schools to help schools and school groups (e.g., parent teacher associations (PTA), parent teacher organizations (PTO), school wellness committees) engage parents to create healthy school environments.
These resources will:
- Educate parents about
- School nutrition environment and services
- School-based physical education and physical activity
- Managing chronic health conditions in school settings
- Provide parents with practical strategies and actions to improve the school health environment
- Provide suggestions for ways to track progress in engaging parents in changing the school health environment.
Click here to access the Parents for Healthy Kids resources.
Preparing for a new school year can be stressful for both kids and parents. Appointments, checklists, and important school deadlines can make it overwhelming. Check out USAGov’s list of tips and resources to start the school year off right.
Knowing the right questions to ask your child’s doctor can be difficult and stressful. Learn what to expect for each visit and how to keep track of the doctor’s guidance for kids from newborns to college students with these age-specific resources from KidsHealth.
Parents play a key role in preventing and responding to bullying. If you know or suspect that your child is involved in bullying, there are several resources that may help.
- Recognize the warning signs that your child is involved in bullying. They could be being bullied, bullying others, or witnessing bullying. Although these signs could signal other issues, you should talk to your child if they display any sort of behavioral or emotional changes. Many times kids won’t ask for help, so it is important to know what to look for. If your child is at immediate risk of harming himself or others, get help right away.
- Learn what bullying is and what it is not. Understanding what bullying is is the first step in forming a plan to prevent or respond to bullying with your child. Many behaviors that look like bullying may be just as serious, but may require different response strategies. You can also learn about:
- Cyberbullying often requires different strategies than in-person bullying. Learn how to work with your kids to prevent cyberbullying and how to respond when it occurs.
- Utilize tips and tools to talk to your child about bullying. Opening lines of communication before your child is involved in bullying makes it easier for them to tell you when something happens. It is also important to work with a school to help prevent bullying before it starts.
- If you know or suspect bullying has occurred, learn how to find out what has happened with your child. Understanding what has happened can also help in communicating with school or community officials about the situation.
- If you have determined bullying has occurred, learn how you and school or community officials can work together to support your child, whether they were bullied, bullied others, or witnessed bullying. Learn also about considerations for specific groups.
- If bullying is occurring at school, learn about what your state requires schools to do in your state’s anti-bullying law. Learn also about federal laws that require schools to address harassment based on race, color, national origin, sex, and disabilities and ways to report situations that have not been adequately addressed to the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice.
- If you have worked with your child and your school and need additional assistance, find resources to help address the situation.
The National Hunger Hotline staff connects callers with emergency food providers in their community, government assistance programs such as SNAP and WIC, nutritional assistance programs and various services that promote self-sufficiency.
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Most parents think schools should help address the health of students, yet many parents are not involved in creating healthy school environments for their children. Get involved with your school by joining their Healthy School Team!
Schools, parents, and students benefit from parents being involved in their children’s school. Students who have parents involved in their school lives are more likely to:
- Get better grades,
- Choose healthier behaviors such as biking or choosing better food and drink options,
- Have better social skills, and
- Avoid unhealthy behaviors like smoking.
The CDC wants parents to have the information on how they can support their children’s school. When parents are involved, the school is happier and healthier place to be, and their child’s grades and performance are improved.
What is Parents for Healthy Schools?
Parents for Healthy Schools is a set of resources that school groups, such as PTA/PTO and school wellness committees, can use to get parents involved in promoting healthy schools.
There are four resources included in Parents for Healthy Schools.
Parents for Healthy Schools: A Guide for Getting Parents Involved from K‒12
- Provides an overview on:
- School nutrition.
- Physical education and physical activity.
- Managing chronic health conditions like asthma or diabetes in schools.
- Explains how parents can be involved in school health and gives guidance on how the resources can be used.
Parents for Healthy Schools: Making a Difference in Your Child’s School PowerPoint Presentation
- Explains the importance of a healthy school and identifies ways parents can take action in promoting a healthy schools.
- Includes an evaluation form.
Ideas for Parents
- Suggests key questions and shares ideas parents can consider when asking about a health topic or wanting to take action.
- Identifies ways to track whether parents are becoming more involved in efforts to make schools healthier.
These four resources were developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in collaboration with key federal and professional and non-profit organizations.
Who Should Use these Resources?
Any school or group in the school that works with parents. These groups include:
- National Parent-Teacher Association (PTA)
- National Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO)
- School wellness committee
- School health personnel and advisory council
- Action team for partnerships that is part of the National Network of Partnership Schools
Others, such as school nutrition directors, school administrators, school nurses, teachers, parents, and community members or organizations, interested in working with parents and getting them involved in the school can also use these resources.
For more information, visit Parents for Healthy Schools website.