Do it for your school.


Start simple.

Promote healthy behaviors.

Children spend about 6 – 7 hours a day at school. This makes the school environment important in promoting healthy options and behaviors. Use the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model to promote positive behaviors and lessen negative behaviors. The WSCC model has 10 components:

  • Physical education and physical activity.
  • Nutrition environment and services.
  • Health education.
  • Social and emotional climate.
  • Physical environment.
  • Health services.
  • Counseling, psychological and social services.
  • Employee wellness.
  • Community involvement.
  • Family engagement.


Check out the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model and learn more about each of the 10 components.


Create a nutritious environment.

Children eat half of their daily calories while at school. Creating a nutritious environment allows students access to nutritious foods and teaches them how to make healthy food choices.

  • School meal programs help students eat more whole grains, milk, fruits and vegetables. Eating breakfast at school helps with better attendance and test scores. Learn about the School Breakfast Program!
  • Healthy food and beverage marketing helps students make better choices about foods. Create policies and practices that promote fruits and vegetables.
  • Include school nutrition education throughout the school day! Learn about all the cool school programs Arkansas has like School Gardens and Farm to School.

Make physical activity a priority!

Students need 60 minutes or more of physical activity daily. Schools provide safe and supportive environments for kids to be physically active.

Allow healthy drink choices.

Hydrating the body helps children play and learn! Water should be available to students throughout the school day.  Low-fat milk is great to serve at meal time too.

  • Water and milk are healthier alternatives to sugar-sweetened beverages. Use this toolkit to increase water intake at your school.
  • Food and beverage marketing for healthy drinks helps students make better choices about hydration and reducing sugar-sweetened beverages.
  • Allow water fountains, dispensers and hydration stations in the school.
  • Create policies and practices that promote water! Include water bottles as an option in school policies.

Keep parents engaged.

Parents play a big role in child health and learning. When parents are engaged, children choose healthier behaviors, get better grades and have better social skills. It also helps parents be healthy too!

  • Connect with parents.
  • Include parents in school health activities.
  • Keep parents engaged in school health.


Check out these Parents for Healthy Schools resources and strategies for involving parents in school health.

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