Promoting healthy lifestyles for children & families

Resources

MAKE ACTION: Activity Cards

"MAKE ACTION: Activity Cards" present four physical activity challenges especially designed for elementary school PE classes.

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MAKE ACTION full Toolkit, How to Use Guide, and Presentation

MAKE ACTION: An Easy-To-Use Toolkit To Advocate for Physical Education in Your Child's Elementary School

The Center developed the "MAKE ACTION: An Easy-To-Use Toolkit To Advocate for Physical Education in Your Child's Elementary School", an easy-to-use resource toolkit for parents and other advocates.

MAKE ACTION: Improving Physical Education in Elementary Schools: Presentation

"MAKE ACTION: Improving Physical Education in Elementary Schools" is a presentation that includes slides about the background, goals, and reality of PE in California; ideas about what schools, parents and other advocates can do; and resources available to aid in making changes happen in your elementary school.

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Northern California Healthy Eating Active Living (NorCal HEAL): Resources

The Northern California Healthy Eating Active Living (NorCal HEAL) website, administered by the Center, lists resources, materials and information for schools, worksites, neighborhoods, and healthcare, as well as links to cross-sector postings and fundraising opportunities.

Frequently Asked Questions About Sports Drinks - English, Spanish

Isn’t Gatorade or Powerade the best drink for after practice? Aren’t sports drinks and juice a lot healthier than soda? If professional athletes promote and drink sports drinks, shouldn’t my kids? Parents, coaches, and physical education instructors have often asked about the value of sports drinks. Center researchers answer these and several other frequently asked questions about sports drinks.

Let's Get Moving!: Working Together to Promote Active Lifestyles in Young Children - English, Spanish Toolkit

Let's Get Moving!: Working Together to Promote Active Lifestyles in Young Children is a toolkit for childcare providers, professionals, and parents that is designed to introduce quick and easy ways to incorporate physical activity into the daily routines of children ages 2-7.

Resources: Governor Schwarzenegger's Summit on the Prevention of Obesity

The Center reviewed and created materials for the 2005 Governor’s Action Summit on Health, Nutrition and Obesity:

Governor’s Summit – Fact Sheets

Obesity: An Overview of the Crisis
The Burden of Poor Nutrition and Physical Inactivity
Diabetes: a preventable and costly disease

Weighing the risks and benefits of BMI reporting in the school setting

Weighing and measuring children can be a large undertaking and the benefits must outweigh the costs. Weighing the risks and benefits of BMI reporting in the school setting offers guidelines for the collection of weights and heights.

NIH's We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children's Activity & Nutrition)

We Can! is unique in that it targets parents of youth ages 8-13 and caregivers and communities to improve nutrition, increase physical activity, and reduce screen time among kids to maintain a healthy weight.

Action Schools!

The Action Schools! website describes a program in British Colombia that helps schools with grades K-7 integrate physical activity into the classroom with activity breaks. The full program focuses on nutrition, physical education, and overall health in the school.