The School Environment

photo of school children walking along paved trailThere are many ways in which the school environment affects the health of our children, whether nutritionally, academically, or physically. By offering cafeteria menus that consist of nutritionally balanced options, improving health and physical education, and providing safer routes to school, communities are better equipped to enhance the health of children. In an effort to help students, parents, teachers, and school administrators make school a healthier environment, CDC offers the following resources:

Nemours Health and Prevention Services (NHPS) has been an active partner with Delaware school districts in developing initiatives that promote wellness, add opportunities for physical activity during the school day, and enhance health education.  NHPS initiatives include:

In addition to modifying the school environment, the provision of safer travel routes to school promotes walking or biking, which helps children meet their daily physical activity needs.  Many teachers also report improved behavior in class when children have engaged in physical activity before they arrive. The national Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program provides a wealth of resources for community leaders, schools, and parents for improving safety and encouraging more children to walk and bicycle to school. Learn more about what can be done to create better routes in local Delaware communities, including opportunities for SRTS funding or contact Delaware SRTS coordinator Sarah Coakley.