Health & Well-Being
The Washington State PTA (WSPTA) believes that to achieve our vision to help every child’s potential become a reality, we must be strong advocates for the whole child; including his or her health and well-being. Healthy students are absent less often, experience fewer behavior problems, and have an easier time learning.
A student’s health and well-being may be achieved with a healthy diet, physical activity, safe drinking water, and mental health and emotional support.
More information can be found on the National PTA website For Families > Health pages.
Washington State Governor’s Office of the Education Ombuds (OEO) is a resource for parents needing help in facilitating resolutions regarding issues or complaints that impact students as well as many other types of assistance. For more information, visit the OEO website.
Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) Child Nutrition assists school districts and other institutions in providing quality nutrition programs that promote life-long healthful living while providing nutritious meals each day that prepare children for learning. For more information, visit the OSPI Child Nutrition website.
Starting in the school year 2014-15, all foods sold at school during the school day were required to meet nutrition standards. This regulation applies to foods sold a la carte, in the school store, and vending machines. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has a number of resources to help PTAs work with schools to identify food that meets the Smart Snacks criteria, and to encourage children to make healthier choices. For more information, visit the USDA Smart Snacks website.
The Healthy Lifestyles program provides family-centered education and tools that connect them with schools and advocate for healthy changes in nutrition and physical activity. For more information and resources, visit the PTA Healthy Lifestyles website.
Healthy School Meals
National PTA’s Healthy School Meals Initiative aims to encourage families to partner with their school leaders to help support the school meals program and advocate for an environment that promotes healthy behaviors. For more information and resources, visit the PTA Healthy School Meals website.