FSNE can offer Worksite Wellness using curricula and educational resources with site staff to promote their health and wellness, as well as working through a wellness team or committee to offer PSE’s that support staff wellness and role modeling.
- Can be offered through Lunch and Learn sessions
- Voluntary attendance – cannot be considered professional development
- Participants become “Wellness Champions” for the site
- Can be used as an expansion of FSNE interventions with staff to promote PSE’s
PSEs: led by Wellness Committee
- Fitness buddies—afterschool exercise dates sign up calendar in faculty lounge
- Fruit bowl in front office—encourage teachers to keep fruit on their desk, eat in front of students. Use handouts from this link to discuss the nutrient facts, benefits and uses of each fruit.
- Take the fruit bowl a step further – Check with local grocers to see if they might be willing to donate fruit to the school. Or suggest the school rotate a signup sheet for 5-6 teachers and administrators to buy a specific color fruit for the entire team depending on the week. Example: Week 1-Red; Week 2-Green; Week 3-Orange; Week 4-Yellow. See other ideas from Action for Healthy Kids.
- Share short nutrition tips each morning during the announcements. Check out the Eat Better Morning Announcements activity for more than 100 sample messages to share.
- Develop a list of creative volunteers to maintain a healthy food bulletin board in staff common areas – highlighting new healthy food suggestions or staff healthy eating challenges/results. More bulletin boards
- Suggest ideas for Healthy Staff Meetings or Healthy Meeting Essentials.
- Provide resources on Healthy Vending to help schools change the contents of their vending machines.
- Behavior Change Model
- Making Worksite Wellness Work at Your School
- Thriving Schools Employee Wellness Program
- Healthy Work Place Toolkit
- Whole School Whole Community
- Bulletin Board Ideas
- Local School Wellness Policy Toolkit
While students are the focus of our FSNE programming, the staff’s mental and physical health are key to helping students succeed. Help staff make healthy choices together throughout the day.
Nutrition Education for Staff contains lots of ideas on how staff members can participate in nutrition education and healthy eating. Some ideas include:
- Provide healthy options at staff celebrations and professional development meetings.
- Incorporate healthy eating at staff outings.
- Create a monthly newsletter that includes nutrition and physical activity tips, including recipes and examples of healthy snacks to bring to work. Some FSNE examples can be found here
- Place table tents with nutrition information on tables in the staff lounge.
- Supply Healthier Me stickers for staff to promote wellness.
- Host a healthy eating challenge to encourage staff to more fruits and vegetables each day.
- Provide healthy options in vending machines and snack boxes.
- Post signs and posters about nutrition and healthy eating in the staff lounge.
Use the USDA SuperTracker for Worksite Wellness SuperTracker groups allow groups of people to use SuperTracker together. Anyone can create a group and invite others to join (e.g., teachers, parents, worksite wellness coordinators, or health professionals). Group leaders can run reports of food and physical activity data group members agree to share and/or create a healthy eating challenge.
FSNE Related Curriculum
Market to Mealtime could be displayed in the teacher lounge or lobby.
DHR fliers could be distributed at worksite wellness events.
Worksite Wellness and Physical Activity:
Alliance for a Healthier Generation Worksite Wellness Staff Fitness Break Cards
Afterschool Wellness Toolkit
In Motion Breaks