Schools around the country make this week all about kids’ health
Launched by Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK) in 2013, Every Kid Healthy Week is an annual observance on the calendar of National Health Observances that celebrates school wellness achievements. Observed the last week of April each year, this special week shines a spotlight on the link between nutrition/physical activity and learning as well as the great efforts schools are making to improve the health and wellness of
students—because healthy kids are better prepared to learn!
You read last week about Jump IN’s work with IPS schools and the great progress they’ve made. All kids deserve good health and the lifelong benefits that come with it. Kids who get proper nutrition and physical activity and stay at a healthy weight can not only protect themselves from poor physical health, but they experience social-emotional payoffs too, including reduced risk of depression. Kids are in school to learn, and proper nutrition and physical activity are critical for optimal learning and academic success.
Action for Healthy Kids offers schools suggestions and recommendations for activities to create and participate in this week. Their user-friendly toolkit can be found here. They also have a webpage full of ideas and activities for families to do at home. If your school has activities planned this week, Action for Healthy Kids invites you to add yours to the map of planned activities through their portal.
We invite you to take time this week to focus on kids’ health and remember to make good health a priority – for kids and yourself.
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