put the act into action!
Achieving the goals of the Healthy School Act will require that all school stakeholders administrators, principals, teachers, parents, students, advocates, Councilmembers, volunteers, and others help implement and promote the Act.
You can play an important role in helping implement the Healthy Schools Act. That means getting involved at your own school, in the community, through your business or organization, or other creative ideas you can think of.
Here are some suggestions for getting involved:
1) Educate yourself about the Act.
2) Join your school’s efforts, and check on its progress.
Look at your school’s School Health Profile to gauge your school’s progress on implementing the Healthy Schools Act. (Click here for DCPS and here for charter schools.) And then get involved: for example, you can help your school create a wellness team, or join your school’s wellness team to help identify areas where your school is implementing the Act well, and where it might need support.
3) Help your school get national recognition.
The Healthy Schools Act requires that D.C. schools now meet gold level HealthierUS Challenge Gold Award Level standards for school meals.
When D.C. schools meet the HealthierUS School Challenge Gold Award criteria, they can apply for national recognition and receive plaques, banners, and monetary awards:
- $2,000 – Gold Award of Distinction
- $1,500 – Gold
- $1,000 – Silver
- $500 – Bronze
Take a look at the HealthierUS Challenge Application.
To learn more about the application process for the HealthierUS Challenge awards, contact D.C. Hunger Solutions.
4) Learn what information District schools and agencies need to share with the public.
The Healthy Schools Act requires that important information is made available to so that the public can know whether schools are complying with healthy schools requirements. For a checklist on what schools, government agencies, and the Healthy Schools and Youth Commission need to do to comply with the reporting requirements, check out the Healthy Schools Act: Reporting and Public Disclosure Requirements (coming soon).
District agencies with a role in implementing the Healthy Schools Act
- Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE)
- D.C. Public Schools, Office of Food and Nutrition Services
- Office of Public Education Facilities Modernization (OPEFM)
- Department of the Environment (DDOE)
- Department of Parks and Recreation
- Department of Health
5) Promote school health and wellness.
There are lots of opportunities to get involved in improving school wellness. Here are just a few examples of what you can do:
Take a look at this website’s Healthy Schools News page for events and opportunities at your school or in your neighborhood.
Check out the First Lady’s Let’s Move initiative, which is working to end childhood obesity. Let’s Move recognizes the crucial role schools can play in promoting healthy eating and active living.
Find out if your school is a member of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation Healthy Schools Program. This national program with about 80 schools participating in the District provides direct, individualized training, expertise and implementation guidance to help schools accomplish DCPS and public charter school wellness goals. For more information, contact Precious Calloway, Washington, DC Relationship Manager for the Healthy Schools Program at (202) 905-3095 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Share news on the Healthy Schools Act website about what your school is doing to promote wellness. Contact Alex Ashbrook, Director, D.C. Hunger Solutions, at 202.986.2200 x3019 or by email email@example.com for more information.