Training for School Staff

Healthy Schools, Healthy Children

Physical Activity and Nutrition Training for School Staff

Well-Ahead Louisiana assists school districts in making healthy changes by coordinating professional development opportunities and identifying resources for staff training. By equipping your staff with physical activity and nutrition tools and techniques, you can encourage healthier students and healthier schools!

Healthy Schools Training Krewe

Well-Ahead recognizes that schools play a fundamental role in encouraging healthy behaviors in children. That’s why we formed the Healthy Schools Training Krewe to work directly with teachers and staff to empower schools to take a leadership role in forming healthy habits in kids that will last a lifetime. 

The Healthy Schools Training Krewe is a collaborative of experienced trainers that coordinate with the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE), content leaders and state organizations to provide professional development for educators across the state. Launched in 2016, the Krewe is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Healthy Schools Branch. Its mission is to enhance the knowledge and skills of those working to create healthier schools.

The Healthy Schools Training Krewe offers training on the following:

Physical Activity

Educators will learn how to support play and physical activity during recess, integrate physical activity into classroom instruction, and increase physical activity in before-school and after-school programs.

School Nutrition

Educators will learn how to create a nutrition environment that supports students in making healthy choices. Instruction topics include healthy classroom celebrations, healthy rewards for positive behavior, food and beverage marketing, and healthy eating before and after school.

Request a Training!

Well-Ahead will connect you with a member of the Healthy Schools Training Krewe if you are interested in requesting an in-service training.

Improving Professional Development

Well-Ahead uses participant surveys to inform professional development design and delivery to leverage strengths and address limitations and barriers. Evaluating professional development events allows for improvement and determining the impact of training topics.

Event Feedback Survey

This survey aims to collect information from training participants about the immediate influence of the training, including new knowledge and skills acquired.

Event Impact Survey

This survey aims to collect information about the application and impact of training and follow-up support, and is sent to participants six months following a training.

Evaluation of professional development conducted during the 2019-2020 school year found:

  • 1,172 individuals participated in training from Louisiana Healthy Schools.
  • 85% (N=996) of training attendees work at the school level.
  • 15% (N=176) of training attendees work at the district level.
  • 95% (N=290) of survey respondents agreed or strongly agreed that they acquired the intended skills from the training.
  • 97% (N=295) of survey respondents agreed or strongly agreed that they could apply the skills gained to support a healthy school environment in their school or community.

Technical Assistance Request

Participants of professional development can request direct technical assistance to implement knowledge or skills learned during a training. LDOE manages the Healthy Schools Technical Assistance Request System and fulfills requests.

Healthy Schools Academy

On October 27, 2020, Louisiana Healthy Schools presented the Healthy Schools Academy, a virtual professional development opportunity dedicated to improving student health and academic achievement. Session recordings are available to watch on-demand.

View the 2020 Healthy Schools Academy Sessions!

Self-Paced Virtual Learning

Equip yourself with the skills to promote a healthy school environment by completing virtual learning at your own pace with the online materials and resources available below.

  • Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program: A Guide for Schools: This module will familiarize you with the components of a Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program and the process for developing, implementing, and evaluating one. After this module, you should be able to take the next steps to begin the process of developing a Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program.
  • Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT): This training module teaches schools how to use the HECAT to conduct a review of health education curricula. The HECAT can help schools select or develop appropriate and effective health education curricula, enhance existing curricula, and improve the delivery of health education. The HECAT can be customized to meet local community needs and conform to the curriculum requirements of the state or school district.
  • Parents for Healthy Schools: Parents for Healthy Schools is a set of resources that school groups can use to engage parents. This course provides clarity on how to use and share the resources, use the parent engagement framework, and provide ways for parents to help create a healthy school environment.
  • School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity: The School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity were developed in response to the serious effects of inadequate physical activity and unhealthy eating. This course will help you identify strategies to create opportunities for students to participate in more physical activity and improve healthy eating.
  • School Health Index: A Self-Assessment and Planning Guide: The School Health Index is a tool to assess your school’s health and safety policies and programs, and develop a plan for improvement. This course will teach you about the components of the School Health Index, how to implement it, and how to conduct an assessment and develop a plan for improvement.
  • Alliance for a Healthier Generation Virtual Trainings: Healthier Generation’s Action Center provides training to support schools and out-of-school time sites in creating healthier environments that empower kids to thrive. Topics include physical education, physical activity, employee wellness, nutrition, social-emotional health and learning, policy and more.

Professional Development from State Organizations

The organizations below provide additional resources and professional development to support healthy school environments.

  • Louisiana Farm to School (F2S) Program: The Louisiana Farm to School Program promotes the use of locally grown and raised agricultural products in school meal programs. Louisiana F2S provides training, technical assistance, and resources to support schools and school districts in implementing farm to school strategies and activities that connect communities with local food and local food producers. The annual Louisiana Farm to School Conference is held each October.
  • Louisiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (LAHPERD): The aim of this organization is to improve the quality of life through health and fitness and recreational activities. LAHPERD provides workshops on the Louisiana Physical Education Content Standards and hosts an annual convention that offers professional development for educators, administrators, recreation supervisors, and more. LAHPERD is an affiliate of SHAPE America (Society of Health and Physical Educators).
  • Louisiana School Nurse Organization (LSNO): LSNO offers resources and continuous educational opportunities for professional school nurses to support increasingly effective school nursing services, strengthening Louisiana’s educational process through the improvement of the health status of our students. LSNO hosts a statewide conference annually and is an affiliate of the National Association of School Nurses.
  • The School Nutrition Association of Louisiana (SNAL):This organization of school nutrition professionals is committed to advancing the quality of school meal programs through education and advocacy. SNAL works to ensure all children have access to healthful school meals and nutrition education by providing members with education and training. SNAL hosts a statewide conference annually and is an affiliate of the national School Nutrition Association.
  • Louisiana Fit Kids: This project aims to strengthen our state’s child nutrition programs to help bolster academic achievement and children’s success through a variety of key initiatives. Louisiana Fit Kids supports schools in Louisiana in implementing the nutrition standards set by the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) and Professional Standards requirements for school nutrition professionals who operate and manage school meal programs. In addition, Louisiana Fit Kids offers on-site trainings on a variety of child nutrition topics; helps schools identify food items that meet Smart Snacks criteria; and guides schools to create, update and revise wellness plans as required by the HHFKA.
  • Louisiana Department of Education, Healthy Communities Section: Louisiana has adopted a coordinated, comprehensive approach to create a climate for achievement in schools and to promote healthy lifestyles among students. The approach has three major components: School Climate(discipline and bullying prevention, child welfare and attendance), School Health (physical education, health education, nursing services, school-based Medicaid services, related health services, adapted physical education, and oral health) and School Transportation. The Louisiana Department of Education, Healthy Communities Section, provides resources and information to support schools and districts in these areas.
  • Louisiana School Psychological Association (LSPA): LSPA promotes the profession of school psychology to advance effective practices that enrich students’ educational outcomes, behavior, and mental health. School psychologists consult or collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals to help students succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally.