Photo: 2009 Parents United leadership training
parents from across Chicago are gathering to kick off the Parents
United for Healthy Schools/Padres Unidos para Escuelas Saludables 2010
Parent Leadership Institute.
This intensive four-day training brings
together experienced parent advocates to build on skills developed in working for wellness in Chicago schools and communities. The
participants will take part in training led by other parents who have
successfully made changes in their schools as well as from elected
officials and school leaders.
The training includes a focus on leadership development, social justice, strategies for building a successful school wellness team, and knowledge of issues such as recess, school improvement plans and the new healthier school food that Chicago Public Schools will debut this fall. The training also includes an emphasis on empowering parents to be part of the city-wide Go for the Gold campaign to help schools meet high standards for food, nutrition education and physical activity through the USDA’s HealthierUS School Challenge, the program that First Lady Michelle Obama is urging schools to join as part of the effort to reverse the trend in childhood obesity in a generation.
Parents United for Healthy Schools/Padres Unidos para Escuelas Saludables is a coalition that brings together parents, educators and community leaders from across Chicago. It was formed in July 2006 by Healthy Schools Campaign out of concern for the skyrocketing rates of childhood obesity in Chicago, particularly in low-income African American and Latino communities. Parents United engages parents to support health-promoting changes to food and fitness in schools. The coalition has been active in advocating for recess at a district level and helping make wellness a priority at the school level.
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Exercise break at 2009 parent leadership training