Discover how Active & Healthy™ your school currently is
Get tips for improvement in specific areas
Find the right resources to implement an Active & Healthy Schools™ program
Not sure if your school could benefit from implementing the Active & Healthy Schools™ (AHS™) Program? This four part interactive assessment will quickly and easily determine how active and healthy your school currently is and give you tips for improvements in these specific areas:
Simply answer the questions, and we’ll provide you with the results.
During School - Page 1 of 4
1: Are healthy snacks available to students?
2: Are nutritious and healthy choices offered in school vending machines?
3: Are healthy eating reminders located throughout the school?
4: Are students offered at least three activity breaks of 3- to 5-minutes in length throughout the school day (not including recess or lunchtime)?
5: Are activity-promoting prompts and signs posted throughout the school?
Curriculum - Page 2 of 4
6: Does the PE program meet two or more days per week?
7: Is a physical activity program offered to teachers and staff?
8: Are students offered the opportunity to earn the President’s Challenge Active Lifestyle Award?
9: Are Activity Contracts (similar to those in the President's Challenge Active Lifestyle Award) used to increase physical activity outside the school day?
10: Does the school curriculum include a unit on healthy food choices?
Recess/Lunch - Page 3 of 4
11: Are students offered at least 15 minutes of recess daily?
12: Are students offered 20 minutes or more of physical activity after lunchtime?
13: Are healthy lunches (as certified by a school health agent) offered to students?
14: For students who bring their lunches to school, are model lunch program recommendations available?
After School - Page 4 of 4
15: Is an after-school activity program available?
16: Are social support programs promoting physical activity available (such as "Walking Buddies" and small-group activity programs)?
17: Are communications sent home to parents periodically to promote family activities?
18: Does the school offer evening/weekend programs to encourage family activity and healthy eating?
19: Is a newsletter sent home to parents encouraging healthy eating habits?
Congratulations! It looks as though your students and staff are getting plenty of
physical activity and using it well, the first step to creating an Active & Healthy
Keep going! You're already well on your way to an Active & Healthy Schools environment.
Get teachers and staff involved, perhaps introduce some additional activities, and
you'll be looking great!
Room for improvement. Some simple changes can have a tremendous impact on your Active &
Healthy score, from point-of-decision signage to additional physical activity after lunch.
Let's get to work. The school day is the critical time for implementing the Active &
Healthy Schools Program, which can benefit students, teachers and staff. Let's look
at some steps for improving your Active & Healthy score during the school day.
Great! You are giving your students and staff terrific support in creating and promoting
an Active & Healthy School!
Looking good in some key areas. Keep up the great work!
Room for improvement. Studies show the importance of an effective PE curriculum to overall
student health and academic performance. A stronger emphasis on PE can go a long way
toward creating an Active & Healthy environment.
Let's get to work. The Active & Healthy Schools Program is committed to creating programs
that schools can successfully implement and maintain. Let's look at some possibilities
for your PE program.
Terrific! With a solid nutritional program and sufficient physical activity, students
acquire the habits of the Active & Healthy Program and can provide a positive example to
Great potential! How about some more nutritional education? A little more activity?
Together, these key Active & Healthy areas can deliver outstanding results.
Room for improvement. Help students get more out of your recess and lunch programs by
providing additional information and resources, or by rescheduling recess time for after
Let's get to work. A few simple changes can encourage students to choose healthy foods
over sugary snacks, which will increase your Active & Healthy score and help students
get more out of school.
Way to go! You are a great example of the Active & Healthy environment in your community!
Outstanding! Adding one or two after-school activities or a take-home newsletter can make
your school an Active & Healthy center in your neighborhood!
Room for improvement. Use Active & Healthy communications (such as a newsletter) to encourage
AHS fundamentals and have a significant impact on students' activity choices.
Let's get to work. Take a look at a few simple changes your school can make to help create
an Active & Healthy environment, both at school and at home.