Our Story

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Healthy Schools Campaign is the leading voice for people who care about our children, education, and our environment.

We teach and empower others to advocate for children to have fresh air, healthy food and physical activity to shape their lifelong learning and health.

As an independent, not-for-profit organization, we help facilitate collaboration between parents, teachers, administrators and policy makers. Our goal is to help prepare this diverse group of stakeholders to lead change at the school, district, state and national levels.

Empower, Advocate, Build

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Creating healthier school environments requires the concerted effort of individuals and communities alike. Since our founding in 2002, we’ve engaged parents, teachers, community leaders and students in this process, and we’ve built a strong base of support along the way. As that base has grown, our work has taken on a national scope while maintaining strong local relevance in our hometown of Chicago.

Today, Healthy Schools Campaign continues to advocate for changes that will make a positive difference in children's health, well-being and readiness to succeed — at school and in life.

Mission and Vision

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Healthy Schools Campaign advocates for policies and practices that allow all students, teachers and staff to learn and work in a healthy school environment. Healthy Schools Campaign envisions a society in which:

  • Every student, faculty and staff member, regardless of race or socioeconomic background, has equal access to a healthy school environment.
  • Schools serve as leaders making the critical connection between learning and health.
  • Students have fewer risks of disease, lead healthier adult lives, act as stewards of the environment and achieve their highest potential.

Values

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Healthy Schools Campaign has a solid set of core values that guide our work:

  • We believe that families should have confidence that the school environment will be healthy and that school leaders will promote healthy behaviors.
  • We believe that students learn from example. A healthy school teaches students to value their own health and that of their environment.
  • We are concerned about the growing disparities in our country and believe that a quality education for all students is a necessary ingredient in a civil society.
  • We believe that all families, faculty, staff, students and community members must have a voice in decisions that affect the school environment.
  • We believe that meaningful and sustainable change occurs when informed, engaged and empowered stakeholders collaborate with school officials and policymakers.
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