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Make it safe, convenient and fun for children to bike and walk to school. When routes are safe, walking or biking to and from school is an easy way to get the regular physical activity children need for good health. Safe Routes to School initiatives also help ease traffic jams and air pollution, unite neighborhoods and contribute to students readiness to learn in school.
Interested in starting SRTS activities at your school? Contact Amanda Ng.
A program that connects schools (K-12) and local farms with the objective of serving fresh locally grown produce as part of the school meals program through the school cafeterias. Improving student nutrition, providing agriculture, health and nutrition education, and supporting local and regional farmers are all part of a successful farm to school program. Each farm to school program is unique and shaped by its community, existing programs, and school food service director.
Farm to school extends beyond locally sourced produce on salad bars and local foods in cafeterias meals and can incorporate such things as:
- Waste management programs such as composting;
- Experiential education opportunities such as activities in school gardens;
- Classroom cooking demonstrations and/or afterschool cooking clubs;
- Farmer visits to classrooms and/or fieldtrips to area farms;
- Classroom shopping at farmers market.
Washtenaw County Public Health staff serve on the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti Public Schools Farm to school committees and participate on the Food System Economic Partnership Leadership Team. For more information, contact Sharon Sheldon.
Washtenaw Alive is the suicide prevention planning collaborative of Washtenaw County. Facilitated by Washtenaw County Public Health, members from around the county have come together to build and implement the Washtenaw County Suicide Prevention Plan. For more information, contact Charles Wilson.
Action for Healthy Kids: Tools for Schools features a wellness policy tool, resource clearing house, and grant opportunities.
Healthy Schools, Healthy Students: The Healthy Schools websites feature the Healthy School Action Tools (HSAT), Healthy School Environment Recognition Program, Healthy Schools Success Story website, and Student Health Survey website.
Healthy Youth!: This page of the CDC website provides links to all of the their tools, data and information on healthy youth and school health. Check out this page for links to their School Health Education Resources, the new report on measuring body mass index in schools, and much more.
Michigan Profile for Healthy Youth (MiPHY): The MiPHY is an online student survey available every other year to all Michigan schools with grades 7, 9, and 11. It provides student health behavior and risk and protective factor data for school-based, data-driven decision making.