School Health Resources

This page is designed to house relevant articles and resources related to school health.

Bullying & Suicide

CDC new resource about Bullying and Suicide

The CDC, Department of Education, and the Health Resources and Services Administration released a uniform definition of bullying in an attempt to improve consistency and comparability data on bullying.

Food Allergies

School-wide food allergy awareness can create communities of support. With an aware and educated school community kids with food allergies can be happy and safe. These tools and resources, developed by, are designed to assist school nurses or their designees in schoolwide food allergy education and in the implementation of the new CDC Food Allergy Guidelines.

Health Disparities

Child Trends Hispanic Institute's newest report, America's Hispanic Children: Gaining Ground, Looking Forward, funded by the Televisa Foundation, provides a comprehensive portrait of the country's 17.5 million Hispanic children across six areas: demographics, economics, family, education, health, and media use. We note some of the significant progress Hispanics are making in education in terms of math proficiency among 8th graders, graduation rates, and college enrollment levels while also acknowledging the high level of poverty, obesity, and teen pregnancy rates among Hispanic children.

Health & Learning

CDC's new resource, Health and Academic Achievement, compiles evidence showing that the health of students is linked to their academic achievement.

The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) has released a simplified summary of important research that was recently published on the relationship between health risk behaviors and academic achievement.

Healthy Schools

To help the cause of environmentally healthy schools, the national Coalition for Healthy Schools has a new Back to School Toolkit with fact sheets and guides on Indoor Air QualityHealthy PurchasingGreen Cleaning and Tips for School Visits and Tours.

CDC new resource about Increasing Access to Drinking Water in Schools 

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides free meals that meet Federal nutrition guidelines to all children 18 years old and under at approved SFSP sites in areas with significant concentrations of low-income children.

Media Literacy

Media-Smart Youth: Eat, Think, and Be Active! ® Media-Smart Youth is an interactive program that helps youth ages 11 to 13 better understand the media and how it can influence their health. Developed by the National Institutes of Health, the free curriculum includes 10 lessons that combine media literacy and youth development principles with federal nutrition and physical activity recommendations.

Military Children & Schools

University of Southern California’s Building Capacity Project – a website that addresses the unique challenges faced by students in military families, and the schools that they attend

Teachers College Press – offering free guides to support students of military families.


CDC has released a report thatshows U.S. children 2-18 years of age are eating more whole fruit.  Ar elated Vital Signs report found that the amount of whole fruit consumed each day increased by 67% 2003 to 2010, but is still low. Vegetable intake was also low and remained unchanged during the same time period.The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report describes trends in the contributions of fruits and vegetables to the diets of children aged 2–18 years.

A survey ofschool administrators that shows that the majority of students (70%) likeschool meal since they became healthier (the survey was conducted in the springof the 2012-2013 school year).

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has released a new analysis of the sugar content of more than 1,500 breakfast cereals, including more than 180 child-directed cereals. The report also includes recommendations for policy makers, food manufacturers, and consumers. You can access the full report here.  


The NFL PLAY 60 Challenge educates and inspires kids to be physically active in school and at home for at least 60 minutes a day. All of the program materials are available to download online here.

Childhood Obesity Prevention Toolkit for Rural Communities provides a range of strategies and success stories to assist practitioners in child-serving sectors, including: early care and education, schools, out-of-school time,community initiatives and healthcare.

CDC's Division of Community Health Success Stories: Through the Health Quest Write Steps School Walking Initiative, thousands of Connecticut students began their day with a 10-minute walk and academic discussion.

Oral Health

Oral Health for Children and Adolescents with Special Health Care Needs: Challenges and Opportunities provides information about the population, discusses the challenges that children and adolescents with special health care needs and their families face, and presents opportunities for improving oral health and access to oral health care among these children and adolescents.

Over the Counter Literacy

Scholastic's OCT Literacy program - a critical approach to educating 5th and 6th grade students about medicine safety

Physical Education

Schools can transform into active environments by providing students with quality physical education and opportunities to stay active each day. Two new resources from CDC,  2012 Physical Education Profiles Report  (PE Profiles) and the  2012 Physical Education Profiles Fact Sheet, examine the policies and practices of select secondary schools and identify best practices and areas for improvement.

PE Profiles reports on categories aligned with guidelines for quality physical education and physical activity programs in the  CDC’s School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (Guidelines)

School Health Policies & Practices

CDC's School Health Index (SHI) assessment tool helps school-based obesity prevention and health promotion efforts.

Food Allergies & Anaphylaxis in School: What School Staff Need to Know

CDC's 2012 School Health Policies and Practices Study (SHPPS)

CDC's School Health Profiles is a system of surveys assessing school health policies and practices in states, large urban school districts, territories, and tribal governments.

Bridging the Gap and CDC Local Wellness Policy Briefs:

Local School Wellness Policies: Where Do They Stand and What Can You Do?
Supporting Recess in Elementary Schools
Creating Supportive School Nutrition Environments
Improving Access to Drinking Water in Schools
Marketing and Promotion of Foods and Beverages at School
Addressing Weight Status Measurement in Schools
Methods Document for the CDC and Bridging the Gap Local School Wellness Policy Briefs


The Center for School, Health and Education at the American Public Health Association is focusing on chronic stress as a critical barrier to graduation. Recent discussions with high schools students in Detroit showed a high percentage of teenagers who feel depressed or sad. The issue of stress amongmany of the nation’s most vulnerable teens is reported in the latest Stress in America survey by the American Psychological Association.

Sun Protection

The SunWise Skin Cancer Prevention School Program provides free curriculum, school assemblies, staff training and resources to reduce skin cancer.


Legacy has launched the “Finish It" campaign to empower teens to make the fightagainst tobacco. Read more about the campaign on their website here. Youth can visit to join us in finally finishing smoking for good.

Resources for Parents

Parent Toolkit, launched by NBC News, is a one-stop online resource for parents navigating their children's development in the classroom and beyond.

Understanding Schools

How Schools Work and How To Work with Schools – published by the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE), this primer assists anyone who would like to work more closely with various facets of the education system—with policymakers, school administrators, teachers, and other school staff—to improve the health, safety, and well-being of children and youth in schools. It aims to help people from different backgrounds, occupations, and training to better navigate the complex web of the education system.”

Speaking Education's Language: A Guide for Public Health Professionals Working in the Education Sector discusses the experiences, successes and failures of school health experts to help public health professionals moree ffectively communicate and work in the education sector.

Whole Child

Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child: A Collaborative Approach to Learning and Health

ASCD's position on the Whole Child initiative is explained in The Learning Compact Redefined: A Call to Action.


Youth Risk Behavior

Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance report from CDC analyzes priority health risk behaviors in youth found that in 2013 there were changes in a number of health behaviors among high school students, including those related to smoking, computer usage, and sexual activity.

Preventing Youth Violence: Opportunities for Action