Research Based Actions from the Wellness Protocol

ACTIONS

Research-based programs or activities will be implemented to teach students and create a school environment where students can meet district or school wellness and academic goal(s).  The following are examples of research-based programs and/or activities:

1.  NUTRITION & PHYSICAL ACTIVITY PROGRAMS:

a.   Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH)
Purpose: 
Designed to promote healthy eating habits and increase physical activity among children and adolescents.
http://www.sph.uth.tmc.edu/catch/

b.   Eat Well and Keep Moving
Purpose: 
School-based program designed to increase physical activity and promote healthy dietary habits among 4th and 5th grade students.
http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/EWKM.html

c.   Healthy Body Healthy Spirit
Purpose: 
Community-based program designed to promote healthy dietary habits and increase physical activity.  The National Cancer Institute:
http://cancercontrol.cancer.gov/rtips/rtips_details.asp?programID=46&topicId=9&co=Y

d.   Planet Health
Purpose: 
School-based program designed to increase physical activity and promote healthy dietary habits among 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students.  Website provides research, sample social studies lesson and information regarding free web-based teacher training.
http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/prc/proj_planet.html

e.      U.S. Centers for Disease Control “BAM” Website
Only for students:
  http://www.bam.gov/

2.  NUTRITION EDUCATION PROGRAMS:

a.   Teens Eating for Energy and Nutrition at School (TEENS)
Purpose: 
School-based program designed to increase fruit and vegetable consumption and to promote healthy dietary outcomes.
http://www.epi.umn.edu/cyhp/r_teens.htm

b.   5 a Day Power Plus
Purpose:
  School-based program designed to increase fruit and vegetable consumption.  Elementary children.
http://www.epi.umn.edu/cyhp/r_5aday1.htm

c.   Gimme 5
Purpose: 
School-based program designed to increase fruit and vegetable consumption by elementary students.
http://www.som.tulane.edu/cardiohealth/gimmie5.htm

d.   High 5 Fruit and Vegetable Intervention for 4th Graders
Purpose: 
School-based program designed to increase fruit and vegetable consumption by elementary students.
http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/hpcd/chp/powerplus/fourthgradepdfs/intro.pdf

3.  RESOURCES FOR ADDITIONAL NUTRITION PROGRAMS:

a.   Action For Healthy Kids (AFHK) Website
For additional “What Works” Programs and Nutrition Education curricula with AFHK rating and for most current programs that may be researched-based at:
http://www.actionforhealthykids.org/resources_topic.php?topic=17&displaytype=whats_working

b.   Food and Nutrition Resources, National Agriculture Library
See curricula for Preschool – 6th grade and 7 –12th grades.
http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/pubs/bibs/edu/preschool.html

4.  PHYSICAL ACTIVITY PROGRAMS:

a.   Development and Promotion of Walking Trails
Purpose:  Designed to increase physical activity among sedentary individuals.  See Smart Growth Online at:
http://www.smartgrowth.org/library/byissue.asp?iss=5&res=1024

See “On the GO” program details at:  http://walk.hhp.ufl.edu/

b.   “Every Body Move”  (Grades K-5)
Classroom lessons that help elementary school students understand the importance of physical activity.
http://www.everybodymove.org/everybody/

c.   “It’s Up to You!  Choose Your Move”  (Grades 6-8)
Classroom lessons that help secondary school students understand the importance of physical activity.

d.   Heartpower!  (For All Ages)
Online curriculum-based program teaches about the heart and keeping it healthy for a lifetime by the American Heart Association.
http://www.everydaychoices.org

e.   NEW Lifestyles:  10,000 Steps Walking Program.
A program using pedometers to promote and encourage walking 10,000 steps a day for better health.
http://www.new-lifestyles.com/challenge.html

f.   Take 10!  (Grades K-5)
An innovative physical activity promotion program designed to provide elementary school children with opportunities to be physically active in the classroom during brief, ten-minute “physical activity breaks” as part of the instructional day.
http://www.take10.net/whatistake10.asp?page=new

5.  RESOURCES FOR COMMUNITY EDUCATION & ASSESSMENTS:

a.   America’s Walking
A unique Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) television series that provides viewers with a blueprint for increasing daily activity and creating more walkable communities.
http://www.pbs.org/americaswalking/

b.   Active Community Environments (ACEs)
A CDC sponsored initiative to promote walking, bicycling, and the development of accessible recreation facilities.
http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/aces.htm