Implementation and Assessment

·   The CDE Wellness Policy Evaluation Checklist was developed by the California Department of Education adapted from 
     Minnesota Public Law Health Center Policy Checklist:   
·  School Health Index (SHI): Self-Assessment & Planning Guide: Developed by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), this is
    a self-assessment and planning tool that schools can use to improve their health and safety policies and programs.
·  Healthy School Builder: Developed by the Alliance for Healthier Generation, it provides steps for assessing school  
    environment and creating sustainable changes in schools. Available to participating schools at:
·   Well-SAT Tool for Assessing Local School Wellness Policies: Developed by the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity  
     at Yale University, this is a free, online self-assessment tool, to evaluate the strength of local school wellness policies.
·  Healthy School Report Card, developed by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, is an online tool
    to create and monitor a healthy school improvement plan based on data that helps prioritize goals. Available for purchase
Policy Development and Revision
· Student Wellness: A Healthy Food and Physical Activity Policy Resources Guide: Developed by the California School  
 Boards Association and California Project LEAN, and updated 2012, this guide provides school governance leaders with
 a step-by-step approach to enhance the school environment. The Guide outlines the link between nutrition, physical
 activity and learning; addresses the health status of children; highlights school districts offering healthy foods and 
 beverages; offers recommendations for a comprehensive nutrition/physical activity policy; and provides sample policies.
·  From Policy to Action: Steps to Implementing Your Local Wellness Policy: Developed by the Minnesota Department of
  Education, it outlines five steps to implementing policy including team building, assessment, developing and implementing
  an action plan, evaluating, and updating progress. Features examples for each component of the
  wellness policy with sample goals, objectives, action steps, indicators, measurement tools, data collection methods,  
·  Policy in Action: A Guide to Implementing Your Local School Wellness Policy: Developed by the California Project LEAN
   (Leaders Encouraging Activity and Nutrition),this is a roadmap to implementing school nutrition and physical activity
   policies. Includes an implementation plan.
·  Action for Healthy Kids has a searchable database of local school wellness policy resources targeted by audience and 
·   Creating Local School Wellness Policy: Developed by Wisconsin Department of Public Health, this contains a chart
    showing 2010 required elements of the policy with suggested implementation activities.
·  Monitoring for Success: A guide for Assessing and Strengthening Student Wellness Policies: Developed by the 
  California  School Boards Association and updated 2012, this is a guide for completing the Student Wellness Policy
  Implementation Monitoring Report. Materials include a guide, separate sample report and CD, which contains editable
  documents for customizing your report. Available for free download at:   
·  Making Wellness Work: A Guide to Implementing and Monitoring Wellness Policies in Maryland: Developed by the
   Maryland Department of Education, it provides an implementation guide with examples of implementation plans for
   each policy area that include evaluation indicators with both process and impact data suggestions.
Note: the above links were compiled by California Department of Education (CDE) in partnership with the California Local School Wellness Policy Collaborative and were presented at the January 2013 CDE School Wellness Training at the Marin County Office of Education.  These resources provide important guidance to ensure that local wellness policies are effective and up-to-date.