Physical activity during the school day contributes to better health and academic success.
A physically active student will see improvement in cognitive skills, concentration, and attention — and educators will see improvement in the classroom. This is your opportunity to help increase their activity level and to also be aware of other activities that might have a negative impact on their safety, mental health, and ability to learn.
Tips for starting a wellness committee at your school:
It takes more than one person to help a student population. So reach out to parents, school health officials, and board members, as well as the public, to join you in collectively assessing your school’s current programs and policies. Together, your committee can develop smarter ways to improve the health and academic success of students. Just follow these simple steps.
Forme su comité.
- Have regular meetings.
- Follow an agenda.
Revise su política.
Revise su política.
- Review your policy regularly.
- Communicate your progress with your district and school community to ensure everyone is on track to meet your wellness goals.
Evalúe su política.
- Once your policy is revised, continually evaluate it to make sure that guidelines are being implemented, goals are being met, and new goals are being set.
- The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors has released the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model: A Guide to Implementation. La guía está diseñada para ayudar a las escuelas y distritos escolares interesados a adoptar el modelo.
Youth Risk Behavior Survey
The YRBS: An Accurate Report on Student Activities
The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) is a biennial (odd years) and anonymous student survey (grades 6-12) that helps schools keep a finger on the pulse of what’s happening with their students’ physical, emotional, and psychological health. Its statistics, charts, and other data report not only on student trends in exercise but also on texting and driving, drinking, vaping and drug use, bullying, social media use, and other behaviors. For examples of the data the YRBS reveals, view our recent fact sheet.
If your school is not already participating in the YRBS survey, it should. Without school participation in the survey, Delaware is at a significant disadvantage for public health planning and surveillance. If your school is among those selected to participate, please do so. You’ll help to ensure continued prevention funding as well as ongoing progress in addressing negative behaviors and their consequences. It’s all with the goal of ensuring brighter, healthier futures for our children.
Learn more about the survey at cdhs.udel.edu.
Resources for developing healthier student habits:
Learn about organizations that are making America’s next generation a healthier generation, state by state. They can help with everything from policy decision-making and student wellness to smarter cafeteria menus and playground practices to student recognition programs and more. These proven resources engage and unite school staffs, parents, and communities in continuously improving learning environments for students.
Great plans. Great results. Wellness benefits all Delaware schools.
Here in Delaware, our schools are implementing a number of effective plans to keep our children healthy, with excellent results. Take a look below to see what other schools and districts are doing. We can all learn from and share with each other, to the benefit of all our students.
Academy of DoverDownload PDF 176KB
ASPIRA AcademyDownload PDF 354KB
Campus Community SchoolDownload PDF 267KB
Charter School of New CastleDownload PDF 337KB
Delaware Academy of Public Safety and SecurityDownload PDF 450KB
Delaware Design-Lab High SchoolDownload PDF 231KB
East Side Charter SchoolDownload PDF 343KB
First State Military AcademyDownload PDF 431KB
First State Montessori AcademyDownload PDF 143KB
Freire Charter SchoolDownload PDF 250KB
Harvest Christian AcademyDownload PDF 208KB
Islamic Academy of DelawareDownload PDF 449KB
Kingswood AcademyDownload PDF 467KB
MOT Charter SchoolDownload PDF 183KB
Newark Charter SchoolDownload PDF 63KB
Odyssey Charter SchoolDownload PDF 234KB
Positive Outcomes Charter SchoolDownload PDF 378KB
Providence Creek Academy Charter SchoolDownload PDF 70KB
Sussex AcademyDownload PDF 221KB
Tarbiyah SchoolDownload PDF 83KB
Thomas Edison Charter SchoolDownload PDF 731KB
Distrito de AppoquiniminkDownload PDF 186KB
Distrito de BrandywineDownload PDF 105KB
Distrito de Caesar RodneyDownload PDF 117KB
Distrito de Cape HenlopenDownload PDF 252KB
Distrito de Capital DistrictDownload PDF 90KB
Distrito de ChristinaDownload PDF 1.3MB
Distrito de Colonial DistrictDownload PDF 645KB
Distrito de DelmarDownload PDF 192KB
Distrito de Indian RiverDownload PDF 29KB
Distrito de Lake ForestDownload PDF 146KB
Distrito de LaurelDownload PDF 284KB
Distrito de MilfordDownload PDF 102KB
Distrito escolar técnico-vocacional del condado de New CastleDownload PDF 221KB
Distrito de PolytechDownload PDF 685KB
Distrito de Red ClayDownload PDF 1.5MB
Distrito de SeafordDownload PDF 87KB
Distrito de SmyrnaDownload PDF 1.4MB
Distrito de Sussex TechDownload PDF 39KB
Distrito de WoodbridgeDownload PDF 853KB
Professional development tools to help build strategies:
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers a variety of tools and resources to help professionals build skills and strategies to meet goals.
- The SHAPE American Online Institute is a great way for educators to earn and track professional development hours on their own time.