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.).

How to Enforce a Wellness Policy: A Guide for Parents and Community Advocates (February 2009) (PDF | 1.3 MB)

ChangeLab Solutions.

Share this simple guide with parents to help them understand how they can be involved in the monitoring process.

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.

Building Parent-Teacher Relationships (2007)

American Federation of Teachers.

Effective communication is essential for building school-family partnerships. It constitutes the foundation for all other forms of family involvement in education.

Healthy Lifestyle Program (2016)

National PTA.

This Web site explains what parents and PTAs can do to improve the health of the school environment with specific examples and grant opportunities.

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

We Can! Energize Our Families Parent Program (July 2008) (PDF | 4.33 MB)

National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute.

This multiple-session curriculum is designed to provide parents and primary caregivers with the knowledge and skills they need along with practical tools to help families maintain a healthy weight.

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.

Organizations for Parents and Wellness Policies

Rudd Roots Parents

Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University.

This Web site has easy-to-use tools and relevant research to help parent advocates craft a compelling and well-founded argument for change.


Parents in Action!: A Guide to Engaging Parents in Local School Wellness (PDF | 5.9 MB)

California Project LEAN.

This toolkit provides strategies for reaching parents, resources for assessing the school environment, fact sheets on relevant school nutrition and physical activity topics, parent education resources, and resources that will assist with the advocacy process.

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.