School Wellness Council Basics 1: Creating a Council and Implementing Wellness Programs
A School Wellness Council is an advisory group of school staff, parents, and students that brings the school community together to set wellness policies for the school and to provide opportunities for everyone to be healthy, active, and energized in order to learn.
School Wellness Councils engage School Leadership Teams, students, government members, parent associations, and community members in setting up physical activity clubs and fitness events, developing healthy snack policies, promoting inclusivity, and making sure PE and health education instruction are valued subjects in schools. The DOE’s wellness policies encourage all schools to have a School Wellness Council.
This session will review best practices for building an active and diverse council. The session is best for participants who want to establish an effective School Wellness Council or want to take a bigger role in leading their wellness council. Participants will review how to build buy-in for starting or strengthening their council, assess their school’s wellness environment, and develop and implement action plans to achieve wellness goals. Participants will also learn about the NYC DOE Wellness Policy.
Target Audience: Teachers, administrators, other school staff, and parents