Click on one of the sections below to find more information and tools to engage parents in the Local School Wellness Policy process:


General Resources and Guides

Parents for Healthy Schools

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Parents for Healthy Schools help schools and school groups (e.g., parent teacher associations (PTA), parent teacher organizations (PTO), school wellness committees) engage parents to create healthy school environments. Includes sample PowerPoint presentations and tip sheets in each area of the school health environment (nutrition, food marketing, etc.).

Parent Engagement: Strategies for Involving Parents in School Health (February 2012) (PDF | 1.75 MB)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This publication defines and describes parent engagement and identifies specific strategies and actions that schools can take to increase parent engagement in schools’ health promotion activities. School administrators, teachers, support staff, and others interested in promoting parent engagement should refer to this resource.

Message Guide: Inspiring Parents to Demand Communities Where All Children Can Grow Up at a Healthy Weight (December 2015) (PDF | 3.97 MB)

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

This message guide was created to inform RWJF’s strategy on how to build demand for solutions to childhood obesity. It shares the research-based key messages you should use when approaching parents about taking action to prevent childhood obesity.

Flyers and Promotional Materials

Local School Wellness 101 (October 2014) (PDF | 1.21MB)

Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services. Missouri Team Nutrition.

This simple guide provides parents with background on wellness policies,, goal areas, project ideas, ways to take action, and resources to help with local school wellness. Visit the main page (link is external) for even more information on parents' involvement.

Healthier Middle Schools Everyone Can Help

USDA. FNS. Team Nutrition.

This is a series of communication tools designed to help you engage teachers, principals, parents, foodservice managers, and students in school wellness efforts.

Parent/Family Tip Sheet: School Wellness Councils (2015) (PDF | 176.59 KB)

Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Flyer to get parents involved in the school wellness council with background information on councils.

Curricula and Event Planning

Team Nutrition Popular Events Idea Booklet (March 2014) (PDF | 1.68 MB)


Use this booklet to engage parents in fun, themed events to promote nutrition and physical activity in elementary or middle schools.


Family Fun, Food, and Fitness Event Planning Guide (August 2014) (PDF | 47.3 MB)

KSDE. Child Nutrition & Wellness.

Guidebook provides instructions for planning and promoting a health-centered, family-friendly, school or child care center sponsored event, and includes specific instructions detailing both nutrition and fitness activities.