SHAPE Vermont Resources
2016 Annual Report from the Vermont Special Olympics
The Special Olympics Vermont mission is as relevant today as it was when it was founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver nearly 50 years ago. We are proud of the work we did to promote inclusion and provide exceptional sports opportunities for children and adults with intellectual disabilities in 2016. We hope you'll take a moment to learn about our athletes' accomplishments by reading about them and viewing videos here.
2016 School Health Profiles Now Online
Conducted biannually, the School Health Profiles includes two separate questionnaires, one for principals and one for the lead health educator (LHE) at each middle and high school across the state. The School Health Profiles aims to help education and health agencies monitor and assess characteristics of and trends related to school health including policies and practices related to prevention, services provided, family and community involvement, health and physical education course requirements, content covered, and professional development. View the document here.
Drug Prevention Resources from the NIH
This website is a project of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This site is organized to help students, teachers, and parents. The purpose of this site is to facilitate learning about the effects of drug use on the brain, body, and lives of teens. View the teaching resources here.
Toolkit for Revising School Wellness Policies
In response to the USDA 2016 Final Rule, schools across Vermont have been actively working on revising their wellness policies to meet compliance. In response to the need for more resources to carry out implementation, the Vermont Department of Health, in coordination with other state and community organizations, has created the Vermont Wellness Policy Implementation Tool, intended to serve as a template to organize your school plans, Word version is also attached. This guide can help support your school health team in identifying meaningful goals to carry out the work. Please feel free to use the template and format it how you see fit for your school!
As a reminder, the Vermont School Wellness Policy Guidelines have also been updated to reflect the new federal guidelines to support you in the revision process.
For help and additional information please contact: Jennifer Woolard, School Chronic Disease Prevention Specialist, Vermont Department of Health / Health Promotion Disease Prevention P: 802.863.7393 F: 802.651.1634 Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org
Strategies for Recess in Schools
These new resources from the CDC and SHAPE America provide schools 19 evidence-based strategies for implementing quality physical activity time through recess.
Free resources include: Planning resources, videos, infographic, electronic toolkit, and much more! Recess, in conjunction with health and physical education, contributes to an active school environment that supports 50 Million Strong by 2029, SHAPE America’s commitment to empower all children to lead active and healthy lives. Thank you for helping to cultivate an active school environment!
School administrators are in the primary position to change schools into places where students learn healthy lifestyle habits that support their success in school and are essential for lifetime well-being - See more at: http://www.ashaweb.org/asha-position-statements/#sthash.DJN5PVXB.dpuf
Position Statements from the American School Health Association
School administrators can enhance health education. Read the position statement here.Building effective school-community partnerships. Read the position statement here.For information on the rise in depression in teens, link here.
Vermont Agency of Education Weekly Field Memo
The VT AOE created the weekly field memo to keep subscribers up-to-date with current education policy, state-wide education initiatives, and official messages from the AOE. The field memo also includes education-related items from other state agencies.
Vermont Health Education
School health programs for K-12 students prove to be more effective in changing health behaviors than occasional programs on a single health topic. Health literacy is defined as "the capacity of individuals to obtain, interpret and understand basic health information and service, and the competence to use such information and services in ways that enhance health." Vermont law provides a definition for comprehensive health education. View the VT AOE health education resources page.
Explore Quality Physical Education
Physical education provides students with a planned, sequential, K-12 standards-based program of curricula and instruction designed to develop motor skills, knowledge and behaviors for active living, physical fitness, sportsmanship, self-efficacy and emotional intelligence.
View the SHAPE America guidance document defining the essential components of physical education.
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