School Health Promotion Toolkit

School Health Services Program - Health Promotion
Students who are healthy and fit will come to school ready to learn. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that the health status of students is strongly linked to their academic success and recommends coordinated school health programs to improve educational performance and the well-being of students as they become adults. The resources in this toolkit are designed to help increase health knowledge, attitudes and skills; increase positive health behaviors and outcomes; improve education outcomes; and improve social outcomes.

The School Health Promotion Toolkit is a resource developed by the Fairfax County Health Department in partnership with Fairfax County Public Schools.

Use the toolkit resources to promote good health in the school setting.

Hear about "95210 for Health®," a formula for promoting good health habits for children and teens:

School Health Promotion Materials (November/December 2017)

Help students learn healthy sleep habits.

Elementary School

Sleepy? You need a good night's rest!

Posters - 11" x 17" PDF icon | 8.5" x 11" PDF icon

Newsletter Articles PDF icon

Morning Announcements PDF icon


View elementary school health promotion materials from prior years.

Middle and High School

Sleepy? It's impacting your health

Posters - 11" x 17" PDF icon | 8.5" x 11" PDF icon  

Newsletter Articles PDF icon


View promotional materials for school year 2016-17.

Mindfulness Corner

Teenage girl in bed sleeping


Mindfulness means being in the present. This month we are focusing on getting enough sleep. If you are having trouble falling asleep try these tips:

  • Turn off all electronics at least 30 minutes before bedtime.
  • Avoid caffeinated drinks, especially in the evening.
  • Sleep in a dark, quiet and comfortable area.
  • Exercise during the day, and at least three hours before bed.
  • Create a relaxing bedtime routine.

If you can't fall asleep because you have a lot on your mind — speak up, and try talking to your parents.


Students are not the only ones who need adequate sleep to stay healthy — adults do, too. It can be hard to get the recommended 7-9 hours while juggling life's responsibilities, so here are some simple tips to help you fall asleep faster and have better quality sleep:

  • Put down your phone, and other electronics, 30 minutes before getting to bed.
  • Restrict caffeine in the late afternoon and evening.
  • Make the bedroom dark, quiet and comfortable.
  • Establish a relaxing pre-sleep routine.

Promote School Health on Social Media

Share the updates below with your social networks throughout November and December.

  • Kids need sleep for growth, learning, creativity and weight control. Strive for 9 hours of sleep a night. #ffxhealthykids
  • A well-rested student is better able to deal with life's curve balls. Strive for 9 hours of sleep a night. #ffxhealthykids
  • Can't sleep? Try creating a relaxing bedtime routine and turn off electronics 30 minutes before bed. #ffxhealthykids
  • Is your mind so busy you can't fall asleep? Turn off the phone and make your bedroom dark, quiet, cool and comfortable. #ffxhealthykids
  • 3 tips to help you sleep at night: turn off electronics, exercise early in the day and avoid caffeine at night. #ffxhealthykids
  • Sleep promotes alertness, memory and performance. Students who get enough sleep function better. #ffxhealthykids
  • Creating a relaxing, bedtime routine helps students fall asleep sooner. Try reading books together instead of watching TV. #ffxhealthykids
  • Time for bed? Set aside the electronics. Lights from gadgets stimulate the brain, making it harder to fall asleep. #ffxhealthykids
  • Got a test tomorrow? A good night's sleep may help you perform better. Strive for 9 hours of sleep tonight. #ffxhealthykids

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