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Healthy Lifestyles

Dear Healthy Lifestyles Chair,

When we are committed to student’s health, we are committed to their future. The Healthy Lifestyles Chair helps ensure healthy opportunities are presented and available in a PTA’s school. Developing relationships with administrators, school health providers and physical education coaches is a great way to further your outreach. If you have any questions throughout the year or have a success story to share, email me HERE.

Karen Burnell
Healthy Lifestyles Liaison


Who is the Healthy Lifestyles Chair?

Healthy Lifestyles Chair establishes a committee that provides access to training and resources and addresses the critical  nutrition and physical activity needs of Texas children and their families.

Duties at a Glance:

  • Create a Healthy Lifestyles Team. Include your Principal, Local PTA President, PE Department, Cafeteria Manager, Garden Director and parents.
  • Attend your District’s SHAC meetings and know your District’s Wellness Policy (found on school website.)
  • Join your school’s Campus Improvement Committee to provide a school health perspective.
  • Assess your school’s needs via surveys and SHAC meetings, plus feedback from school faculty, staff and administration, local PTA leaders, parents and students
  • Learn about Coordinated School Health—visit the CDC website.
  • Create opportunities for parent engagement and education that fit your local needs, utilizing local assets (parents, businesses, local non-profits) as well as State and National PTA resources (Ready, Set, Achieve!)
  • Ensure that your school receives recognition: apply for the Local PTA Healthy Lifestyles Award.
  • Complete a Plan of Work for the work of your committee. This alerts your Local PTA board of the committee as well as the dates, and resources to reach those goals.
  • Be a positive force of collaboration, information and support in your school.
  • Subscribe to Just the Right Fit, the Healthy Lifestyles Newsletter.

View the BASICS:

Healthy Lifestyles Training Webinar



Healthy Lifestyles Grant Available! 

School Grants Website

Every Kid Healthy: Texas Parents for Healthy Kids Paper Application

Texas PTA and  Action for Healthy Kids wants to help support your Healthy Lifestyles program! If your PTA has been wanting to do a wellness project but needed some funds to get started, now is your chance. 

With funding provided by RGK Foundation, Texas PTA and Action for Healthy Kids are offering ten schools who have a designated Healthy Lifestyles Chair/Wellness person an opportunity to receive $1,500 to use towards a nutrition or physical activity initiative on your campus. Have you considered a school garden? Are you wanting to support recess with some new equipment? Maybe your school would like to have a family fitness event! 
Deadline for applications is will be Sept. 30. Grants will be awarded in October. 


Additional Resources: 

Healthy Lifestyles Newsletter
Add a Healthy Lifestyles Committee
Healthy Fundraising Flier
Healthy Lifestyles Foundations Trifold
SHAC Ten Flier

Thanks to our partners for backing the future with us!

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