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Vermont Agency of Education Linking Health and Learning Newsletter
Hooray! It is back!! The monthly VT AOE Linking Health and Learning Newsletter is now available. September's newsletter is here please view to see the latest updates.
Promoting Healthier Eating Habits and Physical Activity at School
Given the connection between student health and academic outcomes—as well as the amount of time students spend at school—schools are a key setting for improving health. The Vermont Department of Health promotes the use of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model that focuses on a child’s cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development to improve learning and health in our nation’s schools
The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors has released The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model: A Guide to Implementation. The guide is designed to assist schools and school districts interested in adopting and implementing the model. Resources include:http://www.chronicdisease.org/SchoolHealthPubs.
The data published in the September 8 issue of The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report suggest that high school students reporting lower academic marks also reported greater health risk behaviors associated with substance use, violence, poor nutrition, lack of physical activity, and sex. They also reported fewer healthy behaviors than did students who made better grades. This provides evidence that “Healthy Students are Better Learners.”
Specific to Physical Activity:
Compared with students who reported lower grades (mostly D’s/F’s), researchers found that students who reported higher grades (mostly A’s) are more likely to:
o Engage in physical activity for at least 60 minutes per day on 5 or more days.
o Play on at least one sports team.
and less likely to:
o Watch television for 3 or more hours per day.
o Play video games or use a computer 3 or more hours per day
CDC E-Learning Resources for Teachers: Training Tools for Healthy Schools: Promoting Health and Academic Success
The Training Tools for Healthy Schools: Promoting Health and Academic Success, e-Learning series consists of five core training tools that have been converted to 1-1.5 hour modules for the ease and flexibility for online learners to have easier access to our tools. Continuing education credits are offered to most participants for the CSPAP and SHG. All five modules have a very robust Go Further section to gain additional knowledge and resources. Please link here to learn more.
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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Date: October 18th and 19th, 2018
Time: Thursday 9:00am - 4:30pm
Time: Friday 8:00am - 3:30pm
Location: Killington Grand Hotel, Killington, Vermont