School Administrators

School administrators, such as Principals and Superintendents, are critical role models and leaders for developing, implementing, and monitoring wellness policies. Use the resource below to better understand how to connect with this audience plus resources crafted specifically for school administrators about wellness policies.

Engaging School Leaders as Partners in Creating Healthy Schools (2007) (PDF | 241 KB)

Action for Healthy Kids.

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.

Healthier Middle Schools: Everyone Can Help (November 2011)

USDA. FNS. Team Nutrition.

Handouts and videos designed to help you engage principals in school wellness efforts.

Creating a Culture of Health Through Superintendent Leadership (March 2015)

School Superintendents Association.

Explains how the organization trains and partners with Superintendents to improve wellness policies and provides case studies.

How Schools Work and How to Work with Schools (2014)

National Association of State Boards of Education.

This guide provides a background on how education works at the school, district, state, and national levels as well as many practical tips for how to work effectively with educators, school administrators, and policymakers.

Health and Academic Achievement (May 2014)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Use this tool when crafting messages to school administrators to highlight the connection between health and academic achievement. Guide provides sample messaging.

AASA Alternative School Breakfast (December 2015)

School Superintendents Association.

Web site provides overview of a superintendent program to move school breakfast into the classroom.

No Kid Hungry School Calculator

Share Our Strength. No Kid Hungry Center for Best Practices.

Interactive calculator that provides decision-makers in schools and districts with a business model to understand the financial feasibility of feeding students by maximizing three federal nutrition programs: school breakfast, afterschool meals, and summer meals. Based on information entered, results will automatically populate to show users their annual estimated costs, reimbursements, and increases in student participation for the meal programs.

Power Panther Professionals

Kansas State Department of Education. Child Nutrition & Wellness.

8 to 12-week customizable staff wellness program designed for school and child care personnel.

Making Worksite Wellness Work at Your School (May 2013) (PDF | 2.33 MB)

Iowa Department of Public Health; Iowa Department of Education.

Provides school staff with suggestions to get an employee wellness program started.