School food. School fitness. Schoolyards. Classrooms. They’re fundamental to a child’s wellbeing. Together, we can make them healthier.
Three years ago, Healthy Schools Campaign, Chicago Public Schools and partners came together to support schools in promoting healthy eating, nutrition education and physical activity. Over 200 schools have made significant changes impacting 90,000 students. In addition, all students are benefiting from major improvements to district health and wellness policies. This successful work has laid the foundation for even more significant and lasting change.
Change for Good is Healthy Schools Campaign’s ambitious new plan to transform schools, communities and the entire city, and support the long-term health and success of all Chicago students.
Change for Good will engage Chicago Public Schools, parents, teachers, principals, school nurses, students and partners at the local, state and national levels.
Healthy School Food
Expand the district’s farm-to-school program; increase fresh, whole and minimally-processed foods; support scratch cooking; and, engage parents, students and food service employees in a meaningful dialogue about school food marketing.
Increase PE, with the goal of daily PE for all students; support a strong PE curriculum and professional development; and, promote physical activity, including recess.
Partner with Openlands, CPS and others to transform Chicago schoolyards to support active play and PE, outdoor learning, environmental education and art. An innovative green infrastructure model will be used to build sustainable schoolyards that address climate change and flooding.
Provide leadership development and skills training to parents, principals, teachers and school nurses. We know that real change happens when committed school and community leaders come together to transform their schools, and build on this experience to affect broader policy change.