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The American Association for the Child's Right to Play
Working to "protect, promote and preserve play as a fundamental right for all humans," the national affiliate of the International Association for a Child's Right to Play provides valuable resources and information about the importance of maintaining or reinstating recess and opportunities for play.

Citizen's Campaign for Commercial-Free Schools
This statewide, grassroots, non-profit group provides an excellent example of how local organizing can impact school food. Learn how they are working to protect the rights of the youth in the state of Washington by advocating for commercial-free schools.

The Community Food Security Coalition Farm to School Program
Farm-to-school programs establish buying links between local small and mid-sized farmers and school food services, increasing the availability of fresh produce at schools. This site provides background information, research, and links for building farm-school connections and enhancing availability of fresh produce at schools.

How to Develop a Salad Bar for School Lunch Menu Programs
Have you ever wanted to know how to bring a salad bar to your school cafeteria? In this guide, Dr. Slusser and her colleagues at UCLA describe the efforts of a salad bar pilot program at Los Angeles Unified School District and provide an overview of how food services, parents, students and school personnel can implement a salad-bar program.

The National Program for Playground Safety
With a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The National Program for Playground Safety works to reduce and prevent playground injuries. The playground safety report card is one tool that school personnel can use to assess playground safety to evaluate whether or not the playground is safe for play.

No Junk Food
This website provides links to information and resources "for those who wish to create a healthier learning environment for our youth." The site highlights public policy, student activism, and media coverage related to student nutrition and physical activity. It also contains useful information for healthy fundraising activities as well as a list of vendors and products that can help schools come into compliance with Senate Bill 19.

Peaceful Playgrounds
Developed as a practical tool kit for making playgrounds safer and more activity-friendly, the materials available from Peaceful Playgrounds describe ways to layout playgrounds to encourage safety and active play.

Safe Routes to School
Getting children to and from school safely while walking or biking is the number one goal of safe routes to school program. This website features a number of resources including funding opportunities for pedestrian and bicycle safety efforts. Some materials are also available in Spanish. A comprehensive Safe Routes to School Toolkit is also available from NHTSA.

Taking the Fizz out of Soda Contracts: A Guide to Community Action
For guidance and resources on combating soda contracts, fact sheets on soda consumption, information on commercial implications of contracts, and a school soda check out this guide developed by California Project LEAN.

Tips that CAN Fit into your after-school program
A list of ten simple tips for nutritious and active after-school programs.

Walk to School
The national Walk to School site contains resources and information needed to organize a successful Walk to School Event, including walk-ability and bike-ability checklists to assess how activity-friendly your community is.

Research, Data & Reports

A Healthy School Meal Environment: Food Assistance Research Brief
The Economic Research Service of the USDA discusses issues such as meal quality, acceptability, scheduling of meal times and plate waste in this 3-page briefing.

Negative Effects of Soda Consumption

Physical Activity Levels Among Children Aged 9-13 Years: United States, 2002
This brief article in the MMWR reports on baseline physical activity data from the Youth Media Campaign Longitudinal Survey.

Waistlines and Bottom Lines: How Eliminating Junk Food from a School's Cafeteria Affects Revenue
Produced by the Aptos Middle School Student Nutrition Committee, this report describes the impact of replacing unhealthy foods with healthy options on revenue.

Programs & Organizations

Action For Healthy Kids website

Alliance for Healthier Generation

Coalition for Better School Food

Family Cook Productions brings families together through delicious fresh food.

Heart Links Project on Long Island. -- community nutrition project created to reduce the risk of childhood obesity and cardiovascular disease

NY Coalition for Healthy School Foods

Sports, Play and Active Recreation for Kids (SPARK)
Developed by a team of researchers and educators, the SPARK programs offer six evaluated curricula available to engage students in developmentally appropriate physical activity. The research and evaluation of the SPARK project has helped to strengthen the link between health and learning and is bringing Physical Education back to many schools and districts.

Policy Issues

Healthy Rewards in the Classroom

Michigan Policies for Creating Effective Learning Environments
In its "Policies for Creating Effective Learning Environments," the Michigan State Board of Education describes that all public schools must "offer daily recess periods or periods of physical activity for all elementary and middle school students, and offer physical education programs that promote physical activities for all students, with accommodations for children who need them."

North Carolina "Healthy Active Children" policy
In January 2003, North Carolina's State Board of Education passed the Healthy Active Children Policy under the Effective and Efficient Operations priority area. The policy establishes a local school health advisory committee, addresses physical education and activity, recess and the need to make training and information available on the coordinated school health model outlined by the CDC.

S.F. Schools Join War on Obesity, Ban Junk Food; Soda, Candy to be Banished
But Only from Cafeterias

A brief article that describes San Francisco Public Schools effort, and surrounding controversy, to change nutrition policy and availability of candy and sodas in their cafeterias.

Additional Resources

Food on the Run Parent Brochure
Provides information for parents on healthy eating and physical activity for teenagers, and ideas on how to support your teen, school and community.