Resource Compilation: General Procurement Regulations and Resources
This is a list of key resources providing background information on the operation of federal school nutrition programs, including school procurement practices, collective purchasing, food safety, USDA Foods, Farm to School initiatives, and others.
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.
Sample School Wellness Policy Language: Healthy Fundraising (2011)
The Public Health Law Center has created a series of fact sheets with sample language for school wellness policies, specifically for Minnesota school districts and langauge relating to Healthy Fundraising.
Sample School Wellness Policy Language: Healthy Concessions (2011)
The Public Health Law Center has created a series of fact sheets with sample language for school wellness policies, specifically for Minnesota school districts and langauge relating Healthy Concessions.
Sample School Wellness Policy Language: Healthy Classroom (2011)
The Public Health Law Center has created a series of fact sheets with sample language for school wellness policies, specifically for Minnesota school districts and langauge relating to Healthy Classrooms.
Sample School Wellness Policy Language: No Food as a Reward/Punishment (2011)
The Public Health Law Center has created a series of fact sheets with sample language for school wellness policies, specifically for Minnesota school districts and langauge relating to No Food as a Reward/Punishment.
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.
Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010: School Wellness Policies (2011)
The Act strengthens school food nutrition standards, increases access to and funding for school meals, and increases technical assistance to schools. It also strengthens school wellness policies, improves farm to school programs, expands afterschool meals programs for at-risk children, and establishes certification standards for food service personnel. In addition to this summary, the Public Health Law Center has created a set of fact sheets outlining several key areas of the Act, including requirements for school wellness policies.
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.
This policy brief examines the Minnesota school food environment, identifies challenges and limitations, and suggests promising policy opportunities in four areas where persistent challenges have impeded progress: reining in competitive foods; increasing participation in school meal programs; increasing the use of locally grown foods; and improving the ability of state agencies to support the efforts of local school districts.
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.