SCHOOL FOOD: Get Educated, Energized, and Engaged

Parents for Healthy Kids Fall Workshop

Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 9:30 – 2:30 at mindSpark Learning, Lakewood, CO

Every child deserves daily access to healthy, fresh food. Research shows that nutrition affects student achievement. Making school meals healthy, delicious, and successful is both a challenge and an incredible opportunity. Join Action for Healthy Kids and Colorado PTA to find out how school food departments work and how parents can provide support and meaningful collaboration to create healthier school meals that kids want to eat. Presented by the Chef Ann Foundation | Mara Fleishman, CEO and Leslie Stafford, Director of Accounting & HR. The Chef Ann Foundation provides school communities with the tools, training, resources and funding that enables them to create healthier food and redefine lunchroom environments.

Open to all interested parents, family members and caregivers. Lunch is included – suggested donation: $10. Interpretation into Spanish will be provided. Learn more and register:

Health, Wellness & Safety Resource Materials

Download a variety of Health, Wellness & Safety resources, and materials here!
E-Cigarettes and VapingShare Healthy Foods FlyerSmart Snacks Article
Smart Snacks Guidelines
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.

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.

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.

Colorado PTA Press Releases!


Contact the Health, Wellness & Safety Committee

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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 and share your story!

Connect for Respect—Bullying
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.

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.

Spread the Word about Smart Talk!
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.

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