Resource Bank

Partner with PTA to Promote Healthy Lifestyles
PTA Healthy Lifestyles is helping communities make health and wellness a priority throughout the month of November. Talk to your local PTA about partnering on an event to promote regular exercise, good nutrition, or other healthy habits. Local PTAs in good standing are eligible to apply for monetary awards of up to $1,000 to support their events. To learn more, visit

 Back to School Health Resources from the National Conference of State Legislatures:


Child obesity and nutrition  

Early Childhood Development  


Benefits of Delaying Sexual Debut
The Institute for Youth Development (IYD) has just released a new research publication, Benefits of Delaying Sexual Debut, in a full color booklet. This resource will be especially useful to those who incorporate abstinence and/or sexual education into their school health curriculum. You can access the executive summary, preview the document, and order copies at:

 Building Healthier Communities: Local Health Department and School Collaboration for Adolescent HIV/STI Prevention
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is pleased to announce the release of the Building Healthier Communities: Local Health Department and School Collaboration for Adolescent HIV/STI Prevention compendium of programs. This compendium contains summaries of 11 school-based adolescent HIV/STI prevention programs implemented by local health departments in a variety of jurisdictions across the country. Each compendium entry includes demographic information and a summary of the community dynamics, program implementation, program outcomes, lessons learned, and future program plans. In addition, contact information is given so that those interested in learning more about a program can contact the staff person directly to learn more.
To access a free PDF version of this document, visit
For more information, contact Cara Biddlecom at

 CDC's School Health Education Resources (SHER)
SHER provides user-friendly access to the myriad school health education offerings available from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Included with the SHER materials are the related National Health Education Standards and CDC's Characteristics of Effective Health Education Curricula. CDC's Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT) can help school schools conduct a clear, complete, and consistent analysis of health education curricula based on the National Health Education Standards and CDC’s Characteristics of Effective Health Education Curricula. The HECAT results can help schools select or develop appropriate and effective health education curricula and improve the delivery of health education.

 Making It Happen! School Nutrition Success Stories
Making it Happen tells the stories of schools and school districts that have implemented innovative strategies to improve the nutritional quality of foods and beverages sold outside of Federal meal programs.

School Health Index (SHI): Self-Assessment & Planning Guide
The SHI is a self-assessment and planning tool that schools can use to improve their health and safety policies and programs. It's easy to use and completely confidential.

Initiating Change: Creating an Asthma-Friendly School
This toolkit was developed to help advocates at the district and school levels persuade people in their schools and communities of the importance of asthma-friendly schools.

To support the national goal of better health through physical activity, CDC's Nutrition and Physical Activity Program has developed KidsWalk-to-School. This is a community-based program that aims to increase opportunities for daily physical activity by encouraging children to walk to and from school in groups accompanied by adults.

Make a Difference at Your School: Key Strategies to Prevent Obesity
This website presents information on and resources for implementing ten research-based strategies for preventing obesity in schools.   

Health Risks and Disparities Experienced by Hispanic Youth
This website presents a collection of research on the health risks, behaviors, and disparities experienced by Hispanic youth in the U.S.

A CDC Review of School Laws and Policies Concerning Child and Adolescent Health

This report reviews the use of the law as tool for improving and protecting the health and safety of children, adolescents, and staff in public elementary and secondary schools.

VERB™ Campaign Special Issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine  

This special issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine contains eleven articles about the planning and implementation of the VERB™ campaign. 

Sun Safety at Schools: What You Can Do

This pamphlet contains information for school administrators and board members; principals and school nurses; teachers and coaches; community healthcare service providers; and parents and guardians for creating sun-safe schools. 

Data Sources
Summary of CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health Major Surveillance Activities

Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS):

School Health Profiles (Profiles):

School Health Policies and Programs Study (SHPPS):

Back-to-School Wellness Checklist
The American Association of School Administrators has developed a quick Back-to-School Wellness checklist that focuses on three prominent wellness issues affecting schools and provides action steps leaders can take to ensure a healthy academic environment. To learn more, visit

Adolescent and School Health Talking Points
The Council of State Governments has developed a series of “Talking Points” documents around adolescent and school health issues that can be used with state policymakers. They provide a summary of the issues involved and possible steps states can take to address them. To download the talking points and to view additional publications, visit   

 Disease Preparedness in Schools – Online Self-Study Course
The American School Health Association currently offers two modules of an online training course to help schools prepare for disease outbreaks and outline administrator responsibilities. Continuing education credits are available. Future modules will focus on the specific needs and roles of school nurses, teachers, and mental health professionals.  To access the training, visit

Report on HIV Infection and STDs Risk Behaviors Among High School Students According to the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the percentage of U.S. high school students who had sexual intercourse decreased by 12 percent, the percentage who had sexual intercourse with four or more persons during their lifetime decreased by 20 percent, and the percentage who were currently sexually active decreased by 7 percent. Among students who were currently sexually active, the prevalence of condom use increased by 33 percent. However, the changes in risk behaviors did not occur among black, Hispanic and male students. In addition, no changes were detected in the prevalence of sexual risk behaviors from 2005 to 2007, and many students still engaged in behaviors that place them at risk for HIV infection and STDs. To read the full report, visit

Guidelines for School Health Programs to Prevent Tobacco Use and Addiction

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends comprehensive tobacco-free schools policies (Guidelines for School Health Programs to Prevent Tobacco Use and Addiction ) that prohibit the use of all forms of tobacco at all times by students, staff and visitors on any school property including school vehicles – and yet, many school district policies fall short of this standard.

The National School Boards Association, through a funded partnership with the CDC, has formed the National Consortium for Tobacco Use Prevention through Schools. This group of national non-governmental organizations with state affiliates, together with state school boards associations, is working to promote partnerships at the state level to encourage the adoption of comprehensive tobacco-free schools policies.  For more information on the National Consortium for Tobacco Use Prevention through Schools, contact Karen Lewis at the National School Boards Association, at, or (703) 535-1618.

 August is National Immunization Awareness Month

CDC Home Page for Vaccines & Immunizations
This website includes information, schedules, guidelines and recommendations for vaccines for all age groups. There are also a wide variety of resources and links to other sources of information regarding vaccines and preventable diseases. 

National Immunization Awareness Month
This is the homepage for National Immunization Awareness Month and provides a quick overview of the importance of immunizations. 

Pre-teen and Adolescent Vaccines
This site provides specific information about the needs of pre-teens and adolescents related to vaccines (including those against meningococcal disease, pertussis, and HPV).  There are sections targeted to parents, pre-teens, and adolescents; health care providers; and state and local health departments – the latter section includes customizable communication and education materials to promote implementation of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendations regarding adolescent vaccines. 

Give It a Shot! A Toolkit for Nurses and Other Immunization Champions Working with Secondary Schools
This toolkit from the American School Health Association provides several resources to help those advocating for adolescent vaccines. A complementary copy of the manual can be downloaded and the full toolkit can be ordered at under the toolkit title.