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How to Bring the BOKS Program to Your Community



The BOKS curriculum has been used in over 165 schools across the U.S, and demonstrated success in increasing the amount of moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) that children participate ...

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How to Start a Coordinated School Health Program



This blog describes what a coordinated school health program (CSHP) is and how one can go about getting one started. From the time a child starts school to the time they go off to college, a child will spend thousands of hours in class. Therefore, it is to the benefit of students to be able to participate in a a program that offers them an opportunity to be healthy for the rest of their lives. There are 8 components that make up a CSHP: (1) health education; (2) physical education; (3) health services; (4) nutrition services; (5) counseling, psychological, and social services; (6) healthy and safe school environments; (7) health promotion for staff; (8) family/community involvement. After one gets support from the school's administration, a plan which prioritizes the needs of ...

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How Transforming a Vacant Lot Into a Welcoming Park Helps Build Community



Kendra Okonkwo, Founder of the Wisdom Academy for Young Scientist (WAYS) elementary school, and Refugio Mata a Project Coordinator with Heal the Bay had one thing in common. They were both looking for a way to beautify South L.A. and to create a healthier community. Together they forged a plan to redesign an empty lot into a park for the community. The park would not only provide green space for the community, but would also make use of recycled street water, to irrigate the property. In September of 2012, the community gathered to clean up the site and to paint planter boxes. Students from WAYS elementary and residents from the community gathered again in October and in December for holiday festivals. At these events residents gave their input and also spoke of their vision for the park. ...

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How You Can Help Get Safe Streets in Texas



Safe Street Texas is a coalition led by AARP, which provides updates of Complete Street undertakings in Texas and serves as a point of contact through which Texans can report dangerous intersections and unsafe ...

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How you can help!



This page describes how one can get involved with supporting the goals of the Bexar County Community Health Improvement ...

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Hurray for Pedestrian Improvements! Now, If Only Drivers Would Respect Them…



Although crosswalks and bike lanes have been installed in some areas of Los Angeles, cars continue to speed through streets where improvements have been made. Still painted cross walks may offer a buffer between pedestrians and cars, which can offer at least some ...

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Healthy Zone School 2011-2012 Program Recap



During 2011-2012, 13 schools, and 7,600 students participated in the Healthy Zone School Recognition Program. As part of the healthy zone school program parental involvement was encouraged, especially during the summertime when children were away from school. Parents were provided with an at home curriculum so that they could continue to encourage kids to eat healthy foods and participate in physical activity, throughout their summer break. During 2012-2013, the Healthy Zone School Program is expected to reach over 17,000 children at 32 different schools. ...

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‘In Colorado, a Big Legal Victory for Active Transportation Funding’



Thanks to the work of transit and environmental advocates in Colorado, $250 million of the state's revenue will be available for walking, biking, and transit projects. Advocates worked with local government officials and came up with a solution that state lawmakers would be willing to accept. The new policy is framed so that local government officials have the flexibility to decide how to use transportation funds. Read more ...

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HB 431 Florida- Encourages School Boards to Adopt Joint-Use Agreements



This bill, authored by Peter Nehr (R-Florida), encourages school districts to adopt written policies to promote public access to outdoor recreation & sports facilities on school property. HB 431 seeks to increase the number of joint-use agreements, and to develop procedures for an appeal process if negotiations for joint-use agreements fail. In addition, districts who implement joint-use agreements would be granted immunity from liability except in instances of gross negligence or intentional misconduct. On March 1, 2012 the Florida House of Representatives voted unanimously to pass this bill and on July 1, 2012 this policy was made ...

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