Press Release:

Contact the Health, Wellness & Safety Committee

11 + 13 =

Smart Snacks

On July 1, 2014, federal guidelines regarding nutrition standards for all foods sold in school, enacted by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, went into effect. All schools enrolled in the National School Lunch Program must comply with the nutrition guidelines which includes the guidelines for competitive foods. Colorado PTA will be providing more details and information regarding these standards, so stay tuned!

SmartSnacks

Learn More

Digital Safety

Growing up in the digital age provides unlimited opportunities for students to connect, learn, and share information unlike any generation before. While this has many benefits, families can feel overwhelmed as they navigate the new challenges associated with raising technologically savvy kids.

Learn More

Spotlight a Local PTA

Did your PTA host an awesome healthy lifestyles event? Family reading night?
Or any other  engaging activities for students and their families? We want to feature you!
Email office@copta.org and share your story!

Colorado Safe Routes to School - Walk to School Day

October is Pedestrian Month in Colorado!  CDOT encourages elementary and middle schools across Colorado to participate in this event each year, encouraging children, parents, teachers, and community leaders to walk or bike to school together to promote being active and making streets more friendly for walking and bicycling.

Learn More

The Smart Talk

SmartTalk

National PTA—in collaboration with LifeLock—has announced The Smart Talk, a new interactive online tool that lets parent-child duos set ground rules together about smart digital habits.
With The Smart Talk, you can create a customized, personalized technology agreement with the kid(s) in your life. It all starts with creating your ground rules. Give it a try and then help us promote it by sharing #thesmarttalk on social media and within your PTA networks.
Spread the Word
Are you a local PTA leader? Spread the word at a PTA meeting or as a topic of discussion for your back-to-school meeting agenda. Consider using our sample digital graphics and social media messaging to post on your local PTA’s social media, and download the printable flier and The Smart Talk Quick Guide to encourage your units about getting parents and kids involved.
For more info, please visit TheSmartTalk.org and “Like” #TheSmartTalk on Facebook!

 

Learn More!

DOWNLOAD A VARIETY OF HEALTH, WELLNESS & SAFETY RESOURCES AND MATERIALS HERE!

Scientific literature review of marijuana-related health effects

This information is presented by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment

Per C.R.S. 25-1.5-110,  the Retail Marijuana Public Health Advisory Committee was appointed to review the science of marijuana-related health effects. The committee is responsible for reviewing the current scientific literature, summarizing the evidence, and translating the evidence into public health statements and recommendations that everybody can understand.

The committee developed a systematic, unbiased criteria for selecting and evaluating studies to determine the weight of scientific evidence for marijuana health effects.

To see the full review of the scientific literature please visit the website here.

Connect for Respect

Connect for Respect (C4R) is National PTA’s initiative to help students, parents and educators to create school climates full of safe and supportive peer relationships.

Click here to get your toolkit!

C4R logo

Ask Congress to Keep Medicaid Strong for Kids!

Medicaid is the single largest health insurer for children, and it currently provides comprehensive and affordable healthcare coverage to an estimated 33 million low-income children and kids with disabilities.  Watch the video & Sign the petition!  Check out Medicaid’s birthday video!
Sign the Petition Now!

American Psychological Association

act-butterfly-header

Teaches positive parenting skills to parents and caregivers of children from birth to age 8.

Learn More

LOOKING FOR ALL THE LATEST NEWS? SEARCH THROUGH OUR NEWSROOM OR CHECK OUT RECENT HIGHLIGHTS HERE!

Is Your PTA an ATM for Your School?

Have you ever felt that your PTA was an ATM for your school principal and teachers? Have you ever felt like your principal thought your PTA budges was his or her discretionary spending fund? Do you get requests from teachers and school staff to fund certain projects and items that really ought to be part of the school budget? You’re not alone. PTAs frequently turn over their funds to school administration for such basics as books, equipment, and maintenance, not to mention extras, such as playground equipment and vending machines. The customs that have developed between PTAs and schools have blurred the line about what PTAs are; what vision, mission, and purposes we follow; and how our funds should be used. Vision, mission, and purposes PTA’s vision is making every child’s potential a reality. PTA’s mission is to be A powerful voice for all children A relevant resource for families and communities A strong advocate for the education and well-being of every child PTA’s purposes, or historical goals are as follows: To promote the welfare of the children and youth in home, school, community, and place of worship To raise the standards of home life To secure adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth To bring into closer relation the home and the school, that parents and teachers may cooperate intelligently in the education of children and youth To develop between educators and the general public such united efforts as will secure for all children and youth the highest advantages in physical, mental, social, and spiritual education How PTAs work The national PTA organization is...

The Smart Talk

National PTA—in collaboration with LifeLock—has announced The Smart Talk, a new interactive online tool that lets parent-child duos set ground rules together about smart digital habits. With The Smart Talk, you can create a customized, personalized technology agreement with the kid(s) in your life. It all starts with creating your ground rules. Give it a try and then help us promote it by sharing #thesmarttalk on social media and within your PTA networks. Spread the Word Are you a local PTA leader? Spread the word at a PTA meeting or as a topic of discussion for your back-to-school meeting agenda. Consider using our sample digital graphics and social media messaging to post on your local PTA’s social media, and download the printable flier and The Smart Talk Quick Guide to encourage your units about getting parents and kids involved. Sample social media messaging Facebook cover and social media graphic The Smart Talk Quick Guide For more info, please visit TheSmartTalk.org and “Like” #TheSmartTalk on...

TAKE THE PLEDGE!

Every child in the United States should be well-nourished, physically active, healthy and ready to learn. Sadly, they’re not. One in three kids in this country is either overweight or obese. But they don’t have to be. Schools are a big part of the solution and you can be too. It’s going to take a nation of moms, dads and other caring individuals – people just like you – to raise their hands and lend their voices to the fight against childhood obesity so every kid can be healthy and ready to learn. Working together, we can give kids the keys to health and academic success, one school at a time. So take the Every Kid Healthy Pledge and ask your friends and family to do the same.      Visit Action for Healthy Kids now to take the...