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Schools and Communities:Partners for Prevention

Santa Clara County

Public Health Department

and fit for learning™

Santa County Office of Education

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Shared Vision – We care about the kids

  • Public Health affects the communities

    • Affordable health care

    • Promotes access to healthy foods

    • Works to encourage safe places to play

  • Healthy communities lead to healthy kids that are ready to learn

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Santa Clara County Public Health Department (SCCPHD)

  • Improve the health of more than 1.8 million Santa Clara County residents through leadership, mobilized community-wide planning, action and advocacy.

  • Focus areas include disaster preparedness, communicable disease, surveillance, epidemiology and health promotion.

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Chronic Disease & Injury Prevention

…to improve health and wellness and prevent chronic diseases among Santa Clara county’s residents by increasing access to healthy environments, healthy food, and physical activity through culturally appropriate education, policy development, community engagement, and local and regional leadership.

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Programs that Support Chronic Disease & Injury Prevention Efforts

  • Bay Area Network for a Healthy California

    • Houses all Campaigns and Programs

      • Power Play!

      • Retail

      • Latino

      • African American

      • Worksite

      • Bay Area Nutrition and Physical Activity Collaborative (BANPAC)

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Network for Health California - Local Incentive Awardee Grant

Works with the following:

Santa Clara County Office of Education (FFL)

Works with qualified schools in the county

Regional Grant Team

Second Harvest Food Bank

County Community-Based Organizations

Social Services

Steps to a Healthy Santa Clara – 5 year community action plan includes work with Santa Clara County Office of Education (FFL) and five school districts

Project LEAN

Tobacco Prevention and Education Program

Traffic Safe Communities Network

Programs that Support Chronic Disease & Injury Prevention Efforts

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What is Grantfit for learning™?

  • Fourth year of improving the health of our students

  • Focus upon nutrition, physical activity and wellness

    • Developed Resource Guides

      • Extensive input and contributions from community partners regarding the content

      • Standards-based activities organized by monthly themes

      • Further exposure to resources and support through community partnerships

      • Alignment of school wide health and wellness messages

      • Promotion of school wide events

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The Value of Health and Learning Grant

  • The importance of health as a priority within school improvement

    • Student behaviors linked to achievement

    • School climate and environment

    • Barriers to learning

      • Attendance

      • Nutrition

      • Emotional health and well being

    • Teacher-student and staff relations

    • School connectedness and motivation to learn

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The Value of Health and Learning Grant

  • Results from the California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) indicate that environmental changes and school connectedness may be an important component of any effort to turn around low performing schools and improve test scores.

    Taken from presentation involving West Ed. and the California Department of Education

  • In Santa Clara, students in schools with Coordinated School Health programs have higher API scores than those that don’t.

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93 Grant


API Quintile

Percent who engaged in any physical activity

1st (Lowest)





5th (Highest)



API Score

Physical Activity and API Scores (Concurrent Relationship)

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80 Grant


API Quintile

Percent reporting any nutritious intake

1st (Lowest)





5th (Highest)



API Score

Nutritious Intake and API Scores (Concurrent Relationship)

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Scores on Cal Standards Test (Math) to Overall Physical Fitness Test related to Overall Physical Fitness Test

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In the beginning….. to Overall Physical Fitness Test

  • In 1990s Project LEAN worked in classrooms and with Youth Advocacy

  • Many other concerned community health and education partners came together

  • fit for learning Advisory Board started in 2003

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Collaboration with to Overall Physical Fitness Test fit for learningat the Planning Level

  • Representation on the fit for learningAdvisory Board

  • Representation on Childhood Obesity Programs Coordination committee

  • Contributed input into the development of fit for learningresource guide

  • Gathered resources for fit for learningresource guide revision

  • Collaborated in development of fit for learning parent outreach component to integrate within the resource guide

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Collaboration with Public Health Department at the Planning Level

  • Collaboration in technical assistance and training

    • Development and implementation of school wellness policy

    • Coordinated School Health

  • Representation at Steps meetings

  • Attendance at Traffic Safety Collaborative Network meetings

  • Further outreach and support to indentified Steps schools

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Financial Support Level

  • Steps Grant supported reprinting and distribution of revised resource guide

  • Steps Grant supported fit for learning presentation in Washington DC,

    Spring 2008

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Additional Financial Resources Level

  • The collaboration and support with community partnerships provided further opportunities for grant funding

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Training Opportunities Level

  • Presentation to fit for learning Champions on Nutrition & Wellness resources at Champion training days

    • Provided lesson ideas to Champions

    • Presented network materials and resources available to qualifying schools

  • Integrated existing resources into the fit for learning Resource Guides

  • Expertise and technical assistance in health

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Wellness Policy Links Level

  • Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act 2004 introduced Wellness Policies

  • Public Health Staff incorporated fit for learning into Local Wellness Policy trainings done in collaboration with Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) for Santa Clara County School Districts

  • Conducted series of Wellness Policy Writing and Implementation Training with SCCOE

  • Produced Tools for the School Community

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In the Classroom Level

  • Use of Power Play! Classroom activities to align with fit for learning activities

  • Steps collaboration and support at local schools in classroom activities

    • SCCPHD required Steps funded schools to incorporate

      fit for learning resources in their work

  • Network personnel serve as available resource for Champions in qualified schools

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At School-wide Events Level

  • Participation at Back to School Nights

  • Jump Rope for Heart Day

  • Health Fairs

    • Includes nutrition education and food tastings

  • Science Nights

  • fit for learning Physical Activity Nights

  • Walk to School Week Day

  • Bike rodeos in conjunction with the Santa Clara County Public Health Department’s Traffic Safety Team

  • Fresh Fruit and Veggie Tastings

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County-wide Contributions Level

  • NERI supplied to schools, as able

  • Marketed Power Play! Poster contest at qualified fit for learning schools with Champions

    • Network calendar printed with winning entries

    • Plans to expand contest next year countywide with partners to cover non-qualified schools

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Network Staff Awarded LevelContest Winners

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Network Staff Congratulating LevelContest Winners

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At the Community Level Level

  • Promotion of fit for learning at community events

  • Provide training and activities at events

  • Serve as resource for partners and stakeholders

  • Healthy Trails Program in Santa Clara County

  • Be Sugar Savvy . . Rethink Your Drink Summer Initiative

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Presented by: Level

In partnership with:

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Complete Level5 of 21 trails featured in the Healthy Trails guidebook

Healthy Trails


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Fresh Fruit and Veggie Tasting Levelin the Evergreen School District

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Coordinated School Health Programs Level

  • In planning, we use grids to integrate effective interventions based on resources available to each school

    • Health and Physical Education

    • Nutrition

    • Family Involvement

    • Community Involvement

    • Health Promotion for Staff

    • Referrals – to mental health and family health services

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After-School Program Level

  • Work with after-school staff at qualified schools

  • Provide NERI, as able

  • Partnership with YMCA

  • Partnership with other after-school care providers

  • fit for learning themes and Power Play! lessons incorporated in after-school nutrition education

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Expansion of Summer Opportunities Level

  • SCCPHD worked with coordination of summer feeding programs to provide year round nutrition education

    • Used fit for learning themes which expanded to cover summer months

    • Used Power Play! Lessons

  • Development of additional fit for learning monthly themes

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Overarching Goal of Partnership Level

  • To deliver the same core messages across the county through multiple venues and locations that inspire healthy choices that ultimately lead to healthier schools, citizens, & communities.

  • To impact change in individuals as well as policy that will lead to sustainable healthy communities for the long term.

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Future Collaborations Level

  • Distribution and promotion of the Tools for the School Community resource guide on the fit for learning website

  • Data Sharing

    • School Health Index (SHI)

    • Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)

    • California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS)

  • Continued group planning across programs and agencies to expand our impact in the county

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Ongoing Collaboration Level

  • Technical Assistance and Professional Development

  • Marketing and Promotion

  • Organizational & Practice Change – worksite wellness

  • Advocacy and Policy Work

  • Education

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Contact Information Level

  • Bonnie Broderick

    Santa Clara County Public Health Department

    Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention

    Sobrato Center for Nonprofits – San Jose

    1400 Parkmoor Avenue,  Suite #120B San Jose, CA 95126

    (408) 793-2706 [email protected]

  • Michelle Mount

    Coordinator - fit for learning™

    Santa Clara County Office of Education

    1290 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, CA 95131

    (408) 453-6500 [email protected]