Build a wellness policy team that involves a variety of people in policy development, implementation, and assessment. Invite parents, students, school food service, physical education teachers, school health professionals, the school board, school administrators, and other community members to be a part of the process. Even if they don’t join your team, it is important to build awareness and support.
Assembling the TeamSchool Wellness Committee Toolkit (2013) (PDF | 7.36 MB)
Alliance for a Healthier Generation.
This guide was created as a resource for school wellness committees to convene, plan, and implement their action plans. The tools and other tips contained in this Toolkit are meant to coordinate with other Healthy Schools Program resources and technical assistance provided by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, but can be adapted to meet your needs.
Engaging School Leaders as Partners in Creating Healthy Schools (2007) (PDF | 241 KB)
Action for Healthy Kids.
This publication provides tips and insights for those who want to work more purposefully with school leaders to improve the health and wellbeing of students. Explains the role and perspective of principals, superintendents, boards of education and more! This guide was developed especially for Action for Healthy Kids Teams as a resource to support their Action Plans, but is useful for those not in the program.
Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
To have the most positive impact on the health outcomes of young people, government agencies, community organizations, schools, and other community members must work together through a collaborative and comprehensive approach. The WSCC model provides the framework to a coordinated school health approach.
Promoting Healthy Youth, Schools, and Communities: A Guide to Community-School Health Councils (January 2003) (PDF | 2.64 MB)
The American Cancer Society. Iowa Department of Public Health.
A comprehensive guide on convening a school health council, developing an action plan, and maintaining momentum.
Effective School Health Advisory Councils: Moving From Policy to Action (October 2003) (PDF | 3.29 MB)
North Carolina State Board of Education Department of Public Instruction. Department of Health and Human Services.
Describes the functions of a school health advisory council, how to select members, potential organizational structures, and more.
Changing the Scene - Improving the School Nutrition Environment (September 2000) (PDF | 650 KB)
USDA. FNS. Team Nutrition.
A guide to establish a team and plan for improving the nutrition environment.
Wellness Policy Tool: Build a Strong Team
Action for Healthy Kids.
This tool provides resources to engage a diverse group of people to serve on the team and the questions to ask while preparing to build your wellness team.