There are a number of exciting health and nutrition related programs going on in Pittsburgh Public Schools. The three programs highlighted here provide resources for nutrition information, physical activity, and obesity prevention!

If you are interested in bringing these programs to your school, please use the contact information provided.

Healthy Schools Program 

The Healthy Schools Program is an initiative of The Alliance for a Healthier Generation and uses research-based evidence to create healthy environments in schools around the country. The Program has reached 18 million kids in 31,000 schools! The Healthy Schools Program uses the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “School Health Index”(SHI) for interested schools to perform a self-assessment on the school wellness environment. The SHI identifies a school’s strengths and weaknesses and is a useful tool to help create a plan to improve the health and safety of students.

CHPThrough Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, several Pittsburgh Public Schools have committed to participate in the Healthy Schools Program. Children’s Hospital is providing schools with professional development from health experts, access to technical assistance and training, networking and learning opportunities, and science-based resources.

To read more about the Healthy Schools Program, visit their website. To read more about the partnership with Children’s Hospital, click here.

If you are interested in bringing the Healthy Schools Program to your school, please contact Anne Marie Kuchera at annemarie.kuchera@chp.edu.

 

Grow Pittsburgh

Grow Pittsburgh is an urban agriculture non-profit with the goal of teaching people to grow fresh foods and promoting the benefits of maintaining a garden in the Pittsburgh area. Established in 2005, Grow Pittsburgh is filling the area’s need for an urban agriculture organization.

esy logoEdible Schoolyard (ESY) Pittsburgh is a school-based garden and cooking education program.  ESY Pittsburgh integrates garden and cooking activities into the regular classroom curriculum to support the development and education of the whole child. The Affiliate School Program was launched in 2014 to allow more regional schools to get involved. In this program, Grow Pittsburgh staff works with school staff and administration for two years to assist in planning and building an on-site garden and to align garden classes with the school’s mission and curriculum.

If you are interested in bringing ESY Pittsburgh to your school through the Affiliate Program, applications are accepted each fall. Please see the Grow Pittsburgh website for more information by clicking here or email esy@growpittsburgh.org.

 

Kids of STEEL

 

Kids of Steel LogoKids of STEEL is an exercise and nutrition program created to motivate children to pursue proper nutrition and lead an active lifestyle. Those participating in the program get to choose from three different training paths (preschool, Kids Marathon or 5K) and are taught the best ways to achieve their training goals through nutrition and exercise.

Kids of STEEL participants can complete their program in one of three optional runs (all held the Saturday of marathon weekend). The Toddler Trot is a 100 meter run recommended for ages 2-5, the Toyota of Pittsburgh Kids Marathon is a one mile fun run (not timed) for children to run with family and friends, and the UPMC Health Plan/UMPC Sports Medicine Pittsburgh 5K Run is designed for more advanced runners. To view the website, click here.

As of 2015, Kids of STEEL has over 120 schools/organizations participating with approximately 6,000 kids from 10 different counties – To see more check this out!

If you are a parent whose child does not attend a participating school, but would like your child to participate, please click here.

If you are interested in learning more about signing up your school or organization for next year, please contact them at kidsofsteel@p3r.org.