Linking Health & Learning (School Wellness Bulletin)


Linking Health & Learning (School Wellness Bulletin)
This monthly, electronic resource is intended to keep Vermont educators and youth-serving professionals up-to-date on resources, professional development and grant/funding opportunities, and other issues related to healthy and safe schools. NOTE: The bulletin is not published during the summer months.

  • April 2014
    Scroll through this edition for information about nominating outstanding school health colleagues for a national award, find a free crossing guard video tutorial, plus a Lyme disease video contest for high school youth. Professional development opportunities include webinars for school food service, school playground safety inspection, free farm-to-school institute, free fitness education workshop for PE teachers, a free physical activity leader training, and a number of upcoming summer courses. Grants or funding is available for school food service equipment, universal recycling, Fitnessgram, school-based tobacco use prevention, and a new grant for videos about Vermont school physical activity and nutrition programs.
  • March 2014
    This issue includes a new, free, online “Smart Snacks” calculator that aligns with the USDA rules for competitive foods launching in July 2014. Several courses for health educators are coming up, plus workshops about suicide prevention and response, and a day-long workshop to include golf in physical education. Find information about a few Vermont-based grants as well as national competitions for funding related to school wellness.
  • February 2014
    Readers will find in this issue information about the school-based tobacco use prevention funding opportunity, how to build a comprehensive school physical activity program, a poster contest for Safe Routes to Schools, and an exciting video contest to promote safe teen driving. Professional development opportunities include culinary arts workshops for school food service personnel, an educator course about food systems through a service learning model, and the annual Vermont Freemasons’ C.A.R.E. training. Grant funding is available from the New England Dairy and Food Council, Vermont Parks and Recreation, and Champions for Healthy Kids.

  • January 2014
    The new year is here! Lots of great new resources to access – most are free. Frozen temps bring more webinars. Plus grant funding is coming down like the snowflakes.

  • December 2013
    Close out 2013 with a new grant (or two, or three) for your school. This issue is packed with funding opportunities, including a new one from the Agency of Education to support HIV/STD prevention – but the due date is 12/20/13. Spring courses for health and driver education are available from Vermont Higher Education Collaborative and several webinars are available at no cost. Last, the famous Vermont Jr. Iron Chef competition application is now open.

  • November 2013
    The Agency of Education's Child Nutrition Team has two position openings. Schools are invited to apply for a new HIV-STD prevention grant and the federal Green Ribbon Schools award. Several workshops and webinars are also available.

  • October 2013
    This e-bulletin highlights a new grant opportunity for school-based health education from the Vermont Agency of Education. The Vermont Department of Health shares guidelines and resources for schools to manage the risk of exposure to infections through tick or mosquito bites and find resources for planning walk & roll to schools events. Professional development opportunities include free webinars, and several state-wide conferences. Finally, grants from both in-state and out-of-state funders are available through October.

  • September 2013
    This first issue of the 2012-2013 school year is packed with new resources for health and physical education. Find information and resources to start planning for special Safe Routes to Schools events in early October. Those seeking professional development will find a calendar packed with webinars and face-to-face training options. Finally, some key grant opportunities are quickly approaching, including the Vermont Farm to School funding application.
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