Closing the Health Gap -- "an educational campaign designed to help make good health an important issue among racial and ethnic minority populations who are affected by serious diseases and health conditions at far greater rates than other Americans."
Office of Minority and Multicultural Health-- a website by the New Jersey Dept. of Health with useful information about cultural competency in providing health services to diverse populations.
African American Health Issues -- a good website with links and resources.
The "Colorblind" Attack on Your Health -- an online article from the magazine, Colorlines, about the racial disparities in healthcare and medical treatment and services.
National School Lunch Program -- this organization works with schools to provide cost-effective, healthy lunches for students since 1946. On this site are guidelines for eligibility, history of the program, and fact sheets.
Ban on Trans Fat -- this article gives a background on what trans fat is and why it is unhealthy in excessive amounts. The article features a bill from 2008 in Illinois trying to ban trans fat in school cafeterias.
School Nutrition Association -- this website offers a list of schools that have either already banned, or are working to ban trans fat, and discusses some of the obstacles to accomplishing this goal.
School Lunch Protection Act -- this is a bill designed to ensure that schools provide healthy lunches for their students, and acknowledges the potential dangers that eating unhealthily can pose for students.
School Lunches Cause Obesity -- this is a study investigating whether school lunches contribute significantly to childhood obesity. The results indicate that they do, and that if school lunches were healthier, obesity in students would decline.
Told to Eat Its Vegetables, America Orders Fries -- This New York Times article discusses the lack of vegetables in Americans' diets.
Congress Approves Child Nutrition Bill -- This New York Times article highlights the changes in school lunches with the passage of the Child Nutrition Bill.
Lunch for Life -- This Channel 11 New excerpt discusses changing school lunches with the addition of fruits and vegetables.
Cooking with Kids -- This website provides programs that aim to provide children with positive experiences with healthy food.
KidsHealth.org -- This website has material for kids, parents, and teens dealing with all aspects of health.
Pre-service Teacher's Attitudes toward teaching Health Education -- A study focusing on pre-teacher's familiarity and confidence with regards to comprehensive health education.
HelpGuide.org -- A website offering solutions and advice to help resolve a wide variety of health challenges.
Health Teacher -- This website is made for teachers, as a resource for teaching health.
Action for Healthy Kids -- This website provides information on why maintaining a healthy lifestyle is necessary for children.
5 Ideas that Revolutionize School Lunch -- A website that provides 5 ways schools can promote healthy eating without major financial struggle.
Childhood Obesity -- An ABC news clip regarding the rising rates of obesity and consequences of the illness for both children and adults.
Nutrition for Children -- A video clip from NBC's medical news that provides tips on how to instill healthy eating habits in young children and teenagers.
School Nutrition Association -- This website provides up to date discussions and topics regarding children’s food in schools. A perfect way for teachers or parents to know just how the nutritional value of hot lunches.
Dispensing Junk -- A study about how vending machines undermine attempts to feed children well in the schools.
Let's Move -- This government website offers advice and activities to combat childhood obesity.
Childhood Obesity: Healthy Living and Fitness Begin at Home -- lots of good information and ideas at a site recommended to us by a group of students in Colorado
Let’s Move – America’s Move to Raise a Healthier Generation of Kids -- a multi-component initiative that focuses on the main problems that the youth of this country face, relating to health and nutrition. Created by Michelle Obama, this program is a response to growing childhood obesity rates in the United States.
Lifecycle Nutrition : Food and Nutrition Information Center -- This website from the USDA is about lifecycle nutrition and gives advice for parents about fostering healthy eating habits in their children.
Physical Activity and Children -- This website offers information for parents and teachers about the benefits of physical activity in addition to ways to motivate children to be physically active.
California for Healthy Kids -- Team California for
Healthy Kids is in an initiative to promote physical well-being for
students. This plan includes before and after school programs and
community involvement to help make healthy choices, easy
A Teacher Openly Crusades for Better School Food and Gets Seared -- article about a public school teacher who wanted to promote healthier diets for her students but faced opposition from the administration.
Books and Articles
Cooper, A. & Holmes, L. 2006. Lunch Lessons: Changing the Way We Feed our Children. New York: Collins.
Elder, J., Arredondo, E., Campbell, N. & Baquero, B. 2010. Individual, Family, and Community Environmental Correlates of Obesity in Latino Elementary School Children. The Journal of School Health, 80(1): 20.
Evers, L. & Buckle, C. 2006. How to Teach Nutrition to Kids. Portland: C Liakos Evers Print.
French, S. A., Story, M., Fulkerson, J. A., Gerlach, A. F.. 2003. Food Environment in Secondary Schools: A la carte, Vending machines, and Food Policies and Practices. American Journal of Public Health. 93, 1161-1168.
Lindsay, A., Sussner, K., Greaney, M. & Peterson, K. 2009. Influence of Social Context on Eating, Physical Activity, and Sedentary Behaviors of Latina Mothers and Their Preschool-Age Children. Health Education and Behavior, 36(1): 81-96.
Lowry, R., Wechsler, H., Galuska, D., Fulton, J. & Kann, L. 2002. Television Viewing and Its Associations with Overweight, Sedentary Lifestyle, and Insufficient Consumption of Fruits and Vegetables Among US High School Students: Differences by Race, Ethnicity, and Gender. The Journal of School Health, 72(10): 413-21.
McDuffie, T. & George, R. 2009. School Day Eating Habits of Inner-City, African American Adolescents. The Journal of Negro Education, 78(2): 114-22.
Noble, C. 1997. Daring to drop D.A.R.E. Health Education, 97(5): 5.
Jowers, K., Bradshaw, C. & Gately, S. 2007. Taking School-Based Prevention to Scale: District-Wide Implementation of Keep a Clear Mind. Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education, 51(3).
Goldberg, L. 1996. The Adolescents Training and Learning to Avoid Steroids (ATLAS) Prevention Program: Background and Results of a Model Intervention. Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, 150(7): 713-721.
Poppendieck, J. 2010. Free for All: Fixing School Food in America. Berkeley: University of California.
Randy, K. 2009. A Mediation Analysis of the ATHENA Intervention for Female Athletes: Prevention of Athletic-Enhancing Substances Use and Unhealthy Weight Loss Behaviors. Journal of Pediatric Psychology.
Gray, P. 2005. Prevention Work with Children Disaffected from School. Health Education, 105(1).
Winter, S. 2009. Childhood Obesity in the Testing Era: What Teachers and Schools Can Do! Childhood Education, 85(5): 283-88.