Healthy eating and physical activity solutions for kids

Solutions: Measuring Success of School Wellness Policies

Healthy Kids Challenge view of measurement and evaluation when it comes to wellness…and one of our simple, every day, evidence based solutions.

What schools tell us:
The law doesn’t include any reporting requirements, so why should we evaluate? We don’t have time.

Research Confirms:
Measuring success is a major challenge. Most school districts do not have staff to measure and evaluate. Part of the challenge is lack of financial resources.

Solution: Measure simple successes – Celebrate!
It doesn’t have to be complicated. Just take the HKC Call to Action survey to see where your school stands related to a healthy school environment, to create an action plan, track progress, and measure success – It’s a one-page measurement tool backed by solid CDC research.

Many schools are already measuring basic things like participation in the school lunch program and looking at a la carte sales. Others have nutrition or physical activity-related grants that already require reporting. Use these kinds of data to showcase how wellness policies are working.

High school students could conduct some monitoring and measuring as part of a class project. Local universities or other research organizations may be willing to help develop effective monitoring and evaluation components.

Measuring Success = A Best Practice
Reporting successes to key KidLinksTM in the community and school district shows positive progress and sets the stage for additional support.