School food. School fitness. Schoolyards. Classrooms. They’re fundamental to a child’s wellbeing. Together, we can make them healthier.
Recently, Healthy Schools Campaign, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and partners came together to celebrate a successful three-year campaign to support schools in promoting healthy eating, nutrition education and physical activity. Over 200 schools made significant changes impacting 90,000 students, and all Chicago students are benefiting from major improvements to district health and wellness policies. This successful work laid the foundation for even more significant and lasting change.
Change for Good is Healthy Schools Campaign’s ambitious plan to build on this success to transform schools, communities and the entire city, and support the long-term health and success of all Chicago students.
Change for Good engages district leaders, parents, teachers, principals, school nurses, students and partners at the local, state and national levels.
Healthy School Food
Expanding the district’s farm-to-school program; increasing fresh, whole and minimally-processed foods; supporting scratch cooking; and, engaging parents, students and food service employees in a meaningful dialogue about school food marketing.
Partnering 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. Groundbreaking on the first four schoolyards will take place this summer!
Increasing PE, with the goal of daily PE for all students; supporting a strong PE curriculum and professional development; and, promoting physical activity, including recess. In January, Chicago Public Schools passed a strong new PE policy and the focus is now on implementation.
Providing 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.