This resource outlines different steps to draft an effective policy. It was developed for specifically for on-going Kansas efforts to improve the food and physical activity environment. The tool is meant to be used in conjunction with technical assistance, including that provided by the Public Health Law Center.
Pedestrian and Bicyclist Rights and Responsibilities (2013)
Minnesota law specifies how different types of traffic should behave when traveling throughout the state. The ability of pedestrians and bicyclists to safely and effectively travel depends on all forms of traffic understanding and following these laws. This fact sheet identifies essential rights and responsibilities of different types of traffic that support safe pedestrian and bicycle travel.
High speed roads and wide crossings can cause walking or biking to school more dangerous and less enjoyable for students, making students are far less likely to be allowed to walk or bike to school. Establishing safe school-zone speed limits is one way to make walking and biking routes safer, providing students with opportunities for increased physical activity. This fact sheet discusses how school-zone speed limits are established so that local authorities can develop strategies to enforce these speed limits, making roads safer for children to walk or bike to school.
Bike share programs provide the public with the opportunity to rent bicycles for transportation and exercise without the expense and responsibility of owning a bike. However, bike share programs can create liability and safety issues. This fact sheet provides an overview of the liability issues that can arise and how a bike share program owner or operator can minimize risk of liability.
This checklist identifies ways to improve existing Minnesota school board policies, rules and regulations relating to recreational use of school property, as well as to update facilities use forms, contracts and agreements to incorporate new liability protections and best practices.
Increasing physical activity is important to promote individual and public health. Whether or not someone is physically active is closely tied to one’s access to a safe, affordable, and convenient place to be physically active. School recreational facilities can provide valuable space for community recreational activity. However, schools and communities must navigate a number of policy and legal considerations when schools open their property for community recreational use. This report provides a comprehensive overview of the key legal and policy issues impacting community recreational use of school property along with a review of the current policy initiatives being pursued at the state and local levels to promote community recreational use of school property.
Eliminating Barriers for Community Recreational Use of School Property: Policy Guidance on Liability & Shared Use (2012)
One key strategy for promoting increased physical activity is to open school property for recreational use by the community during non-school hours. Whether real or misplaced, liability can be a key perceived barrier. State laws relating to school liability are complex, and vary from one state to another. This document was created to outline key concepts to consider when assessing whether to clarify or change state liability protections and provides sample language to use as a staring place for state policy change.
Concerns about liability can keep schools from implementing policies that might be beneficial to students or community members. This fact sheet provides an overview of liability and how Minnesota schools can use the law to protect themselves when implementing healthy eating and physical activity policies.
Creating And Sustaining A School Health Council (2011)
Developing a School Health Council is a critical step to promote health and wellness in the school setting. A School Health Council can play a critical role in monitoring the school’s environment to ensure that health and wellness concepts are consistently reinforced and to ensure community partnership in these efforts.
This fact sheet provides an overview of how school zone speed limits are established, and information on how communities can develop strategies to enforce these speed limits, making roads safer for children who choose to walk or bike.
These checklists are useful tools in the policy drafting and review process. The first checklist contains the steps in policy planning and drafting. The second checklist contains the elements that should be included in a policy. The final checklist contains questions for review of the policy to ensure that it is effective and comprehensive. Not every item will be relevant to every policy, but all should be considered.
A fifty-page survey of options for increasing physical activity in schools, including considerations involved in improving physical education courses, integration of physical activity throughout the curriculum and in after-school programs, expanding outdoor learning, health screening, BMI monitoring, and using Safe Routes to Schools Programs.