Parent Advocates Gather for 2010 Parents United for Healthy Schools Leadership Institute

July 27, 2010

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Photo: 2009 Parents United leadership training

Today,
parents from across Chicago are gathering to kick off the Parents
United for Healthy Schools/Padres Unidos para Escuelas Saludables 2010
Parent Leadership Institute.

This intensive four-day training brings
together experienced parent advocates to build on skills developed in working for wellness in Chicago schools and communities. The
participants will take part in training led by other parents who have
successfully made changes in their schools as well as from elected
officials and school leaders.


The
training includes a focus on leadership development, social justice,
strategies for building a successful school wellness team, and knowledge
of issues such as recess, school improvement plans and the new healthier
school food that Chicago Public Schools will debut this fall. The
training also includes an emphasis on empowering parents to be part of
the city-wide Go for the Gold campaign to help schools meet high
standards for food, nutrition education and physical activity through
the USDA’s HealthierUS School Challenge, the program that First Lady
Michelle Obama is urging schools to join as part of the effort to
reverse the trend in childhood obesity in a generation.


Parents
United for Healthy Schools/Padres Unidos para Escuelas Saludables is a
coalition that brings together parents, educators and community leaders
from across Chicago.  It was formed in July 2006 by Healthy Schools
Campaign out of concern for the skyrocketing rates of childhood obesity
in Chicago, particularly in low-income African American and Latino
communities.  Parents United engages parents to support health-promoting
changes to food and fitness in schools. The coalition has been active
in advocating for recess at a district level and helping make wellness a
priority at the school level.


Stay posted for updates and photos from the 2010 Parent Leadership Institute!

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Exercise break at 2009 parent leadership training