Every Kid Healthy™ Week is an annual observance created to celebrate school health and wellness achievements and recognized on the calendar of National Health Observances. Observed the last week of April each year, this special week shines a spotlight on the great efforts our school partners are making to improve the health and wellness of their students and the link between nutrition, physical activity and learning – because healthy kids are better prepared to learn! Anyone can get involved and be a part of the celebration to help support sound nutrition, regular physical activity and health-promoting programs in schools. Schools are invited to host an event during Every Kid Healthy Week or any time in April. Consider making your field day or other school-wide event health focused. Keep reading to learn how to host an event!
Host an Every Kid Healthy Event at Your School
Every Kid Healthy events should promote and reinforce healthy eating, nutrition education, physical activity and physical education. We have lots of resources to help you promote your event and get students and the whole community excited and involved.
Wondering where to start? If your school is already planning a field day or other event in April, make the focus on healthy kids and families to show your school’s commitment to wellness! Or if you are looking for new ideas, check these out:
- Host healthy foods taste test with fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy products
- Invite a local gym or fitness trainer to lead a family Zumba, yoga or other fitness class
- Plant a school garden or refresh an existing one
- Invite parents and students to participate in a school walk-a-thon
- Check out Game On for ideas, resources and step-by-step guidance. Game On activities also include tips and ideas on how to engage volunteers to support your needs.
- Get inspired by success stories.
Remember to engage passionate individuals from your local community as volunteers who can offer expertise and extra hands to help you implement your events and activities. Find tips for engaging parents and community volunteers in our Every Kid Healthy Week Toolkit.