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Saving lives protecting people saving money through prevention
Saving Lives. Protecting People.Saving Money through Prevention.

Opportunities to Support Healthy, Active Schools

Division of Population Health

May 16, 2013

Cdc s division of population health school health branch
CDC’s Division of Population HealthSchool Health Branch

Key Priorities:

  • Increase quantity and quality of physical education and physical activity

  • Improve the nutritional quality of foods provided in school

  • Improve the capacity of schools to manage chronic conditions

  • Increase the number of schools implementing comprehensive tobacco-free policies

School health activities
School Health Activities

  • The school health branch conducts the following activities to prevent chronic disease and promote the health of children and adolescents:

  • Funding and support

  • Research synthesis and translation

  • Evaluation

  • Professional development and training

  • Cross-cutting collaboration

Coordinated school health
Coordinated School Health

Health Education

Family & Community Involvement

HealthPromotion for Staff

Physical Education


Healthy School Environment

Counseling, Psychological & Social Services

Nutrition Services

FUNDING AND SUPPORT NEW FOA: State Public Health Actions to Prevent and Control Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity and Associated Risk Factors and Promote School Health

Support implementation of evidence-based practices for:

  • Healthier nutrition environments in schools

  • Comprehensive school physical activity programs

  • Capacity to manage chronic disease

  • Fund public health departments in all 50 states and District of Columbia.

  • Strengthen partnership between public health and education – MOU/MOA

  • Healthy nutrition environment policies and practices
    Healthy Nutrition Environment: Policies and Practices

    • Nutritious and appealing school meals that comply with federal requirements

    • Marketing and promoting healthier foods and beverages

    • Standards for competitive foods consistent with the Institute of Medicine Nutrition Standards for Foods in Schools

    • Access to free drinking water

    • Implementation of strong local wellness policies

    Quality p hysical e ducation and physical activity
    Quality Physical Education and Physical Activity

    Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program (CSPAP)

    • Quality physical education as the foundation

    • Physical activity before, during, and after school

    • Staff involvement

    • Family and community engagement

    Managing Chronic Conditions in Schools

    Chronic Conditions

    • Asthma, Food Allergies and Anaphylaxis, Diabetes and other chronic conditions

      Policies, processes and protocols to meet daily management and emergency care needs of students with chronic conditions.

    • Guidance

    • Professional development and technical assistance

    Research synthesis and translation making research applicable and usable for practitioners
    RESEARCH SYNTHESIS AND TRANSLATIONMaking research applicable and usable for practitioners

    Research synthesis projects
    Research Synthesis Projects

    Research translation products
    Research Translation Products

    Program evaluation and evaluation research work
    Program Evaluation and Evaluation Research Work



    Rapid Evaluations

    Evaluation Technical Assistance

    Professional development and training training tools for healthy schools

    • National cadre of master trainers to provide workshops on using and implementing CDC's school health tools.

      • School Health Index: A Self-Assessment and Planning Guide (SHI)

      • Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (PECAT)

      • Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT)

      • School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity

    CDC Healthy Youth

    For Schools, Teachers, Parents:

    For Kids:


    • For more information please contact Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    • 1600 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30333

    • Telephone: 1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636)/TTY: 1-888-232-6348

    • E-mail: [email protected] Web:

    • The findings and conclusions in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Division of Population Health