Recognizing the vital role that schools play in children's health and wellness, the Institute of Medicine has prioritized schools as a national focal point for obesity prevention. The Arizona Health Zone (AZ Health Zone) promotes three SNAP-Ed policy, systems and environmental (PSE) strategies that target School Health.
AZ Health Zone SNAP-Ed School Health Strategies
Local Wellness Policies Support the development, implementation, and evaluation of nutrition and physical activity Local Wellness Policies in collaboration with Local Education Agencies (LEAs).
Nutrition Information in Schools Improve student, teacher, and staff access to nutrition information through menu labeling (the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement), and classroom curriculum to improve student understanding of nutrition information.
Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programming Support comprehensive school physical activity programming.
Evaluation of School Health Strategies
- An online data collection system called SEEDs collects information on what SNAP-Ed programming is being done with School Health partners.
- The Semi-Annual Report Narrative (SARN) allows local agencies to describe their work with schools and districts in words and images. This provides context to understand why things are developing in certain ways.
- The WellSAT 3.0 assessment assesses the quality of school or district written Local Wellness Policies. Results tell us what SNAP-Ed programming is needed to support written policies and what parts of written policies SNAP-Ed programming has helped to improve. This assessment is completed in even fiscal years.
- The National Healthy Schools Award Checklist (NHSAC) collects information about nutrition and physical activity PSEs that are implemented at schools. This tells us what SNAP-Ed programming is needed to support PSE implementation in schools and what aspects of PSE implementation SNAP-Ed programming has helped to improve. This assessment is completed in odd fiscal years.