Students who are healthy and fit will come to school ready to learn. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 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.
Promote Good Health in the School Setting
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 help raise student, staff and family awareness about making healthy choices.
Learn about "95210 for Health®," a formula for promoting good health habits for children and teens.
School Health Promotion Materials
Spread the word about eating healthy foods and understanding serving sizes.
- Portion Size Versus Serving Size
- Distracted Eating May Add to Weight Gain
- Five Reasons Why We Overeat
- Child Nutrition
Social Media Posts
Share the updates below with your social networks.
- Browsing social media while eating lunch? Stop! Slow down, focus on your meal and pay attention to the flavors you’re eating. You’ll feel satisfied longer. #ffxhealthykids
- What is mindful eating? It’s paying attention to what you are eating, being aware of when your body begins to feel full and selecting food that both satisfies and nourishes your body. Mindful eating helps you make smart food choices. #ffxhealthykids
- You probably know that eating while distracted causes you to eat more. But what you might not know is that this effect continues throughout the day. Distraction disrupts both your awareness of fullness and your memory of food eaten. #ffxhealthykids
- Feeling hungry but not time for dinner yet? Skip the chips and gummy snacks and choose fruits, veggies, cheese, nuts or yogurt instead. These nutritiously dense foods will help you feel fuller longer. #ffxhealthykids
- Emotional eating isn’t just for grownups. Sometimes kids eat because they are bored, upset or stressed. Plan regular meals at the table, limit snacks between meals and talk about feelings. #ffxhealthykids
- Did you know that the amount of food we eat is just as important as the kind of food we eat? Understanding serving sizes can help us incorporate the proper amount of healthy foods into our daily diet. #ffxhealthykids
- Serving size matters! When selecting pre-packaged foods, be sure to read the nutrition facts label to determine the serving size. #ffxhealthykids
- You may be surprised to hear these are serving sizes: 1 slice of bread, ½ cup of pasta (about the size of a hand), 2 oz of cheese (about the size of four dice), 2-3 oz of meat or poultry (about the size of a deck of cards). #ffxhealthykids
- Portion your plate! Fill half your plate with colorful vegetables for good nutrition; save ¼ of your plate for proteins to build strong bones and muscles; fill the last ¼ size of your plate with whole grains, which provide energy and help you feel full longer. #ffxhealthykids