Public Community Involvement

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 Marin Countywide Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Initiative
To find local community partners, connect with the Marin Countywide Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Initiative which “brings together residents and community partners from throughout Marin to create a roadmap to improve community health…partners are committed to working together to improve healthy eating and active living in all the places we live, learn, work, and play in Marin.”
The implementation structure includes 3 HEAL Implementation Teams:
o   Active Living
o   Food Systems: Marin Food Policy Council
o   Children and Youth Wellness Collaborative
For more information visit:
·         Promoting Healthy Youth, Schools and Communities:  Developed by the Iowa Department of Health and American Cancer Society, this toolkit is for school health councils and includes meeting planners, implementation plans and resources.
·         The School Wellness Council Toolkit: Developed by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, this toolkit contains steps for starting a school wellness council including a sample agenda and other tools.
·         Effective School Health Advisory Councils: Developed by North Carolina Department of Education, this toolkit is for school health councils to conduct needs assessments, develop action plan, evaluate and fundraise and includes meeting planners and action plans.
·         Shaping NJ School Toolkit: Creating Healthy Active Schools: Developed by the New Jersey Department of Education, this is a toolkit with many evidence-based resources and best practices to help current and potential school wellness teams start their teams and promote nutrition and physical activity in school. Released June 2012, includes policy language addressing the requirements of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Also provides tools based on policy best practices such as walk to school, farm to school.
·         After school and Health: Opportunities for Advocacy: Compiled by the After School Alliance, this online guide highlights opportunities for afterschool leaders and advocates to get involved in developing and implementing local school wellness policy.
·         How to Enforce a Wellness Policy: A Guide for Parents and Community Advocates: Developed by Change Lab Solutions (formerly N-Plan), this fact sheet is designed to help parents and community advocates ensure that their district’s policy is enforced.
·         Parents in Action! A Guide to Engaging Parents in Local School Wellness Policy and its companion lesson, Parent Lesson Plans: Advocating for Healthier School Environments: Developed by California Project LEAN (Leaders Encouraging Activity and Nutrition) this guide helps stakeholders engage parents in local school wellness policy.
Available in English and Spanish at:
·         Playing the Policy Game: Developed by the California Project LEAN (Leaders Encouraging Activity and Nutrition), this is a toolkit that teens can use with adult guidance to make nutrition and physical activity policy changes. Available in English and Spanish at:
·         PTA Healthy Lifestyle for Parents: Developed by the California State Parent and Teachers Association Health Commission, provides guidance to parents and also offers other resources on their webpage including model wellness policies.
·         Health Fairs at Your Fingertips: Developed by the California State Parent and Teachers Association, is a guide for PTAs to organize a successful health fair.
·         Parent Engagement: Strategies for Involving Parents in School Health: Developed by the Center for Disease Control, this describes strategies and actions for schools to increase parent engagement in positive student health behaviors.
·         Parent Tool Kit: Developed by Action for Healthy Kids, this is a comprehensive resource for parents on how to engage school leaders in local school wellness policy. Available at:
·         Building Healthy Communities: A School Leader’s Guide to Collaboration and Community Engagement: Developed by the California School Boards Association, this guide provides school leaders with the knowledge, resources and tools to develop collaborative solutions with community partners to create and sustain healthy communities. Includes case studies at each collaboration level.
·         Healthier Middle Schools: Developed by the Food and Nutrition Services, this  resource contains a series of communication tools and video clips to engage teachers, principals, parents, food service managers, and students in school wellness efforts. Applicable to other grade levels.
·         Taking Action for Healthy Kids: School Wellness Policy Guide: Developed by the Massachusetts Action for Healthy Kids, this series of outreach brochures is targeted to various audiences including principals, students, teachers, and nurses.
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.

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