Physical activity during the school day contributes to better health and academic success.
A physically active student will see improvement in cognitive skills, concentration, and attention — and educators will see improvement in the classroom. This is your opportunity to help increase their activity level and to also be aware of other activities that might have a negative impact on their safety, mental health, and ability to learn.
Get the details on the value of school-time physical activity:
Tips for starting a wellness committee at your school:
It takes more than one person to help a student population. So reach out to parents, school health officials, and board members, as well as the public, to join you in collectively assessing your school’s current programs and policies. Together, your committee can develop smarter ways to improve the health and academic success of students. Just follow these simple steps.
Build your committee.
- Have regular meetings.
- Follow an agenda.
Revise your policy.
- Set the foundation for creating a healthy environment — this Summary of the Final Rule of regulations can guide content development for your written policy.
- Limit food-and-beverage marketing in schools. ChangeLab Solutions has created a model wellness policy to help guide revising your policy.
Review your policy.
- Review your policy regularly.
- Communicate your progress with your district and school community to ensure everyone is on track to meet your wellness goals.
Assess your policy.
- Once your policy is revised, continually evaluate it to make sure that guidelines are being implemented, goals are being met, and new goals are being set.
- The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors has released the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model: A Guide to Implementation. The guide is designed to assist interested schools and school districts with adopting the model.
Youth Risk Behavior Survey
The YRBS: An Accurate Report on Student Activities
The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) is a biennial (odd years) and anonymous student survey (grades 6-12) that helps schools keep a finger on the pulse of what’s happening with their students’ physical, emotional, and psychological health. Its statistics, charts, and other data report not only on student trends in exercise but also on texting and driving, drinking, vaping and drug use, bullying, social media use, and other behaviors. For examples of the data the YRBS reveals, view our recent fact sheet.
If your school is not already participating in the YRBS survey, it should. Without school participation in the survey, Delaware is at a significant disadvantage for public health planning and surveillance. If your school is among those selected to participate, please do so. You’ll help to ensure continued prevention funding as well as ongoing progress in addressing negative behaviors and their consequences. It’s all with the goal of ensuring brighter, healthier futures for our children.
Learn more about the survey at cdhs.udel.edu.
Resources for developing healthier student habits:
Learn about organizations that are making America’s next generation a healthier generation, state by state. They can help with everything from policy decision-making and student wellness to smarter cafeteria menus and playground practices to student recognition programs and more. These proven resources engage and unite school staffs, parents, and communities in continuously improving learning environments for students.
Great plans. Great results. Wellness benefits all Delaware schools.
Here in Delaware, our schools are implementing a number of effective plans to keep our children healthy, with excellent results. Take a look below to see what other schools and districts are doing. We can all learn from and share with each other, to the benefit of all our students.
Academy of DoverDownload PDF 176KB
ASPIRA AcademyDownload PDF 354KB
Campus Community SchoolDownload PDF 267KB
Charter School of New CastleDownload PDF 337KB
Delaware Academy of Public Safety and SecurityDownload PDF 450KB
Delaware Design-Lab High SchoolDownload PDF 231KB
East Side Charter SchoolDownload PDF 343KB
First State Military AcademyDownload PDF 431KB
First State Montessori AcademyDownload PDF 143KB
Freire Charter SchoolDownload PDF 250KB
Harvest Christian AcademyDownload PDF 208KB
Islamic Academy of DelawareDownload PDF 449KB
Kingswood AcademyDownload PDF 467KB
MOT Charter SchoolDownload PDF 183KB
Newark Charter SchoolDownload PDF 63KB
Odyssey Charter SchoolDownload PDF 234KB
Positive Outcomes Charter SchoolDownload PDF 378KB
Providence Creek Academy Charter SchoolDownload PDF 70KB
Sussex AcademyDownload PDF 221KB
Tarbiyah SchoolDownload PDF 83KB
Thomas Edison Charter SchoolDownload PDF 731KB
Appoquinimink DistrictDownload PDF 186KB
Brandywine DistrictDownload PDF 105KB
Caesar Rodney DistrictDownload PDF 117KB
Cape Henlopen DistrictDownload PDF 252KB
Capital District DistrictDownload PDF 90KB
Christina DistrictDownload PDF 1.3MB
Colonial District DistrictDownload PDF 645KB
Delmar DistrictDownload PDF 192KB
Indian River DistrictDownload PDF 29KB
Lake Forest DistrictDownload PDF 146KB
Laurel DistrictDownload PDF 284KB
Milford DistrictDownload PDF 102KB
New Castle County Vocational Technical School DistrictDownload PDF 221KB
Polytech DistrictDownload PDF 685KB
Red Clay DistrictDownload PDF 1.5MB
Seaford DistrictDownload PDF 87KB
Smyrna DistrictDownload PDF 1.4MB
Sussex Tech DistrictDownload PDF 39KB
Woodbridge DistrictDownload PDF 853KB
Professional development tools to help build strategies:
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers a variety of tools and resources to help professionals build skills and strategies to meet goals.
- The SHAPE American Online Institute is a great way for educators to earn and track professional development hours on their own time.