Parents, teachers, principals and other school leaders ready to take on the HealthierUS School Challenge now have a new place to turn for practical advice, tools and resources: the Go for the Gold online resource center (GoForTheGoldCPS.org).
The site was created with advice from schools that have overcome challenges to promote wellness as part of Go for the Gold, a partnership of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and Healthy Schools Campaign to support schools in meeting the high standards for food, fitness and nutrition education set by the HealthierUS School Challenge, a cornerstone of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative.
At the heart of the site is a “Become a Healthier School” toolkit focused on:
- school lunch and breakfast
- nutrition education
- in-school snacks, rewards, celebrations and fundraising (competitive foods)
- recess and in-classroom physical activity
- physical education
- school policy
- building a team
. . . and more.
These sections feature easy-to-understand explanations of the challenge requirements plus ideas for getting started, case studies from diverse schools and downloadable tip sheets to share with a team. Chicago schools will also find an overview of CPS policy on each issue and links to local organizations that can bring resources to support schools’ efforts.
Learn more and check out this free resource center at GoForTheGoldCPS.org.
P.S - One of the best parts of the site is the chance to hear success stories and innovative advice from school leaders who have created healthy environments. Check out their stories here.