New CPS Report Shows Ways Schools can Grow Even Healthier

May 20, 2014 | Written By:

Great strides and room to grow

A new report from Chicago Public Schools (CPS) shows that great things are happening in the district. The Healthy CPS report surveyed schools on how well they currently meet the district’s health and wellness benchmarks, and about 300 responded with data. Of the schools that responded, more than ever have nominated a Wellness Champion and are implementing best practices such as holding recess before lunch. These improvements build on big strides made by HSC and CPS through the 2010-13 Go for the Gold initiative.

But there’s still room to grow. Schools are not implementing enough physical activity during the school day, and the vast majority haven’t submitted a Healthy Celebrations and Fundraising plan. Both of these areas can be challenging to improve. Making room for jumping jacks in an already-packed curriculum? No more doughnut and candy sales? But these shifts are really important, even though school culture takes time to change. Healthy celebrations and fundraisers and physical activity in the classroom send consistent messages about students’ wellness and show kids that it’s an everyday priority — not just a policy on the books.

HSC’s Fit to Learn professional development program directly addresses both of these areas. We’ve got a full slate of ideas that make classrooms even healthier. Learn more about Fit to Learn.

The Healthy CPS survey also shows many are on their way to becoming Healthy Schools Certified, which appears on a school's progress report card. May 30 is the deadline to apply for Healthy Schools Certification. CPS and partners such as HSC are standing by to help schools with their applications. Email Rosa Ramirez Richter for more information.

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