Childhood - School and Other Youth-Based Systems

Recognizing the vital role that schools play in children's health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Arizona Department of Health Services, and the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) prioritize schools as a focal point to promote the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model of student wellness. The AZ Health Zone’s School and Other Youth-Based Systems strategy includes eight activities to further school health policy, systems and environmental (PSE) strategies.

AZ Health Zone Activities for School & Other Youth-Based Systems

  • Policy Revision & Communication
  • Wellness Committees
  • Staff Development
  • School & Other Youth-Based Agriculture
  • Nutrition Practices & Environment
  • Physical Activity Practices & Environment
  • Community Coordination
  • Community Engagement

Evaluation of School & Other Youth-Based Systems

SEEDS. Every year, LIAs report all support provided to partners using the SNAP-Ed Electronic Data System (SEEDS). This helps us to understand what supports are provided.

SARN. Every year LIAs complete the Semi-Annual Report Narrative (SARN), describing their work in words and images. This helps us to understand how and why supports work or encounter challenges.

District AAT.  LIAs may support school districts in completing the District AAT, which measures PSE implementation and aligns with ADE requirements. Trained LIAs can support districts in completing AATs in any year, but the SET formally tracks and analyzes AAT data in FY21, 23, and 25. If you need more information, please contact Theresa LeGros at

WellSAT 3.0. LIAs work with districts or schools to submit their Local Wellness Policies (LWPs) for the WellSAT 3.0 assessment as part of a cycle of LWP improvement. The WellSAT 3.0 measures the quality of written LWPs and aligns with ADE requirements. It is required in FY22 and 24 and optional in all other years.

SLM Scorecard. LIAs work with schools to complete the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement (SLM) Scorecard. The SLM Scorecard is part of a 4-step cycle of change to enhance the lunchroom enviroment. It is required in FY22 and FY24, usually for LIAs working to support Nutrition Practices & Environment.

If you are looking for evaluation training Powerpoints or Quizzes, proceed to the Trainings page.