Selected Federal Government Resources
The President's Healthier U.S. initiative helps Americans take steps to improve personal health and fitness and encourages all Americans to be physically active every day, eat a nutritious diet, get preventive screenings, and make healthy choices.
PCPFS serves as a catalyst to promote, encourage and motivate Americans of all ages to become physically active and participate in sports.
HHS is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. The Department also includes two major institutions:
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) NIH is responsible for medical and behavioral research. Some of its institutions that focus on fitness and activity for youth are: the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institute for Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases, and the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) The CDC'S National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion is at the forefront of the nation's efforts to prevent and control chronic diseases. Some of its divisions include the Division of Adolescent and School Health and the Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service ensures access to nutritious, healthful diets for all Americans. It encourages consumers to make healthy food choices through initiatives such as Team Nutrition and Eat Smart. Play Hard.
The U.S. Department of Education is partnering with eleven sites nationwide to encourage students in grades K-8 to read during the summer months and help prevent fall-off in reading skills during the vacation. The site also includes summer reading lists.
This U.S. Department of Education site offers a comprehensive selection of on-line resources, publications, and websites on various safety topics including, drug abuse prevention, violence prevention, and healthy schools. This office is responsible for the Carol M. White Physical Education Program.
Selected Organizations and School Districts that Focus on Health, Fitness and Learning for Youth
AFHK is a nationwide initiative that is dedicated to improving the health and educational performance of children through better nutrition and physical activity in schools. An outgrowth of the 2002 Healthy Schools Summit, AFHK represents a response to the nation's epidemic of overweight, sedentary, and undernourished children and adolescents.
Using the tools of soccer, creative writing and community service, America Scores encourages student-athletes to accomplish goals in the classroom, on the soccer field, and in their communities. In cities across the country, America Scores provides lessons for developing teamwork, leadership, and communication skills among urban youth.
The Afterschool Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of afterschool programs and advocating for quality, affordable programs for all children. It is supported by a group of public, private and nonprofit organizations that share the Alliance's vision of ensuring that all children have access to afterschool programs by 2010.
The mission of the Boys and Girls Club is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. Club programs and services promote and enhance the healthy development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence.
CHHCS is a nonpartisan policy and program resource center located at The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. It was established to explore ways to strengthen the well being of children and youth through effective health programs and health care services in schools.
NASBE is a national organization that gives voice to the nation's State Boards of Education. It aims to help policymakers and practitioners create safe, healthy and nurturing school environments for all of the nation's children. The Fit, Healthy, and Ready to Learn Program assists schools in ensuring that students are fit, healthy, and ready to learn every day.
NASPE is a nonprofit organization that develops and supports quality sport and physical activity programs that promote healthy behaviors and individual well-being. The American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance is the largest organization of professionals supporting and assisting those involved in physical education, leisure, fitness, dance, health promotion, and education and all specialties related to achieving a healthy lifestyle.
The NCPPA's mission is to unite the strengths of public, private, and industry efforts into collaborative partnerships that inspire and empower all Americans to lead more physically active lifestyles.
Shape up America is a national initiative to promote healthy weight and increased physical activity in America. Its purpose is to educate the public on the importance of the achievement and maintenance of a healthy body weight through the adoption of increased physical activity and healthy eating.
The Society of State Directors of Health, Physical Education and Recreation is a professional association whose members supervise and coordinate programs in health, physical education, and related fields within state departments of education.
SPS is committed to the idea that a healthy lifestyle enhances learning efficiency. Their Fitness and Health program provides the necessary fitness and health activities, physical skills, social skills and knowledge for student success in daily life.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation seeks to improve health and health care of all Americans. Some of the programs that they fund include: Active Living, Obesity and Nutrition, Public Health Leadership and Capacity, and Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care.
The Helping Your Child publication series focuses on providing parents with the tools and information necessary to help their children succeed in school and in life. The two newest titles in the series are "Helping Your Child Learn Mathematics" and "Helping Your Child Learn Science."
On this site the U.S. Department of Education offers information about public school choice, supplemental services, testing and accountability, as well as parenting tips on reading and homework.
Tools for Student Success: Selected Publications for Parents and Teachers
This catalog provides brief descriptions of a number of publications featuring the latest research and most effective practices in subjects such as reading, homework, and staying drug free, as well as information on how to obtain these publications in hard copy or online.
No Child Left Behind: A Parents Guide
This is the essential guide for parents, and provides answers to questions about No Child Left Behind and what the law means for parents, in an accessible and easy to understand format.
Questions Parents Ask About Schools
This pamphlet provides answers to commonly asked questions on topics such as Getting Ready for School, Monitoring School Work, Helping with Reading, and Working with Schools and Teachers.
Deborah A. Price is the Deputy Under Secretary in the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools at the U.S. Department of Education. Ms. Price oversees the Department's activities related to school safety, crisis response, alcohol and drug prevention, student health and well being, character education, and citizenship. Previously, she was the Chief of Staff at the Department's Office of Federal Student Aid, which delivers financial assistance to more than nine million students and families. She also served as the Executive Director of the Secretary's Commission on Opportunity in Athletics and was a Senior Adviser to the Deputy Secretary of Education.
Sarah Lee is a Physical Fitness Specialist in the Division of Adolescent and School Health at the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. She has worked extensively on health and physical activity interventions for youth and families in community and school-based settings. Dr. Lee has provided technical expertise to various community and social service organizations on federally and privately-funded grants that promote the health of young populations. Her current program and research interests include physical activity and physical education for young people and the policies that surround physical activity in schools.
Dot Richardson (Via Satellite) is the Vice Chair of the President's Council on Physical Fitness & Sports. She is an orthopedic surgeon and is currently the Medical Director of the National Training Center in Clermont, Florida, a state-of-the-art facility for athletes of all levels. In addition to her medical career, Dr. Richardson is also an accomplished athlete. A two-time Olympic Gold medalist in softball, she hit the game-winning home run that led to a Gold medal for the United States in the 1996 Atlanta Games.
Charlene R. Burgeson is the Executive Director of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE). Ms. Burgeson, a former health scientist in the Division of Adolescent and School Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is an active member of NASPE's Executive Committee of the Council on School Leadership in Physical Education. In 2000, she co-authored a report to the President of the United States entitled "Promoting Better Health for Young People through Physical Activity and Sport." In 2001, Ms. Burgeson was honored by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance with the Mabel Lee Award for demonstrating outstanding potential in scholarship and professional leadership.
Karen Cowan is the coordinator of K-12 Fitness & Health & Activities for Spokane Public Schools in Spokane, Washington. Ms. Cowan lead the effort to create and institute the standards- based "Fit for the Future" program. This effort provides students with the necessary fitness and health activities and curriculum to learn and adopt positive life-long habits. Ms. Cowan is also a member of the team that developed the health and fitness standards for Washington State and serves as the president of the Washington Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
David Bowman is the education specialist for child nutrition programs for the Delaware Department of Education and serves as the chair of the Delaware state team of the Action for Healthy Kids program. The Delaware Action for Healthy Kids Coalition, a group of public health care workers, educators and nutrition experts, is trying to change eating behaviors among children that lead to obesity and chronic diseases. Additionally, Mr. Bowman serves on the Governor's taskforce on chronic disease. Prior to joining the Delaware State Department of Education in 1996, Mr. Bowman spent 17 years with the New Jersey Department of Education.
Juliette Rizzo is the Director of Communications in the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services at the U.S. Department of Education. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Arthritis Foundation, Metropolitan Washington Chapter, and the Montgomery County (MD) Commission on People with Disabilities. Ms. Rizzo, who has three forms of arthritis and uses a wheelchair, was named Ms. Wheelchair Maryland 2004 and was featured on the Discovery Health Channel's "National Body Challenge" series. This year, she worked with a mentor to earn a Presidential Active Lifestyle Award for adopting a physically active lifestyle as part of a new fitness regimen.
Keith Blanchard is the Chief Professional Officer of the Boys & Girls Club of Alachua County. He works directly with the Unit and Program Directors in planning, logistics and agency coordination, and delivery of program activities in the community. One of his many duties includes making presentations to schools, faith-based organizations and civic groups, where he promotes the value of the Boys and Girls Club and its successful programs, including Project Learn, Summer Reading Achievers, SMART Choices and SMART Moves. Mr. Blanchard is a former police officer and served as the Executive Director of the Salinas Police Activities League where he worked with at-risk youth for nearly 10 years.
Artavia Berry Roberson joined Chicago SCORES as the Executive Director in August 2001. Chicago SCORES is a part of the national America SCORES effort to develop programs that use the world's most popular sport, soccer, in order to energize and inspire public school students. All the programs require that our children use the teamwork they learn on the soccer field to support each other as poets and authors in the classroom. Prior to joining Chicago SCORES, Ms. Roberson worked with several non-profit organizations to improve the quality of life for low-income and high-risk communities. Most recently, Ms. Roberson served as the Associate Executive Director for Meals on Wheels-Chicago, and was responsible for managing special events and capital campaigns. Ms. Roberson is also an ordained minister and earned a B. A. and Master of Divinity degrees.