Often change can be viewed as large and overwhelming. Innovative ideas may get lost if teachers are unsure about how to implement new concepts. Not so with the Active & Healthy Schools™ (AHS™) Program!
AHS™ solves the "change drain" by making the program consist of many smaller initiatives. This enables all participants to see the process as a series of manageable tasks. With suggestions for implementation and the program materials, your school will be on its way to becoming more active and healthy!
The following suggestions, combined with the Active & Healthy Schools™ (AHS™) Complete Program Materials Set,
can help you create and maintain an AHS™ Program by devising a systematic series of smaller efforts.
- Form an AHS™ Committee
Invite key personnel who can contribute to the program: teachers, administrators, local business owners, parents. The more diverse the committee, the more avenues to explore for help and resources.
- Generate Interest
Key presentation media and documents in the AHS™ Program materials make it easy to inform the committee, parents, and administrators about the benefits of the Active & Healthy Schools™ Program.
- Kick Off Your Active & Healthy Schools™ Program!
The more people hear about the program, the more likely they will be willing to help. Each kick-off event is unique, but consider these ideas: Have students rotate to a variety of activities while learning about the AHS™ Program. Create banners as an art project, then carry them in a parade. Explore activity zones on the playground. Invite teachers and parents to participate in activity zones on the playground.
- Reflect, Evaluate, and Progress
Bring the committee together at least once a month to discuss progress and identify what changes or adjustments need to be made. Return the AHS™ Program materials, and brainstorm opportunities for new implementations. With thoughtful reflection and honest evaluation, the odds of keeping the AHS™ Program operating at an optimal level are much greater.