Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice


  • A new website developed at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio seeks to fight against Latino childhood obesity that leads to poor health and diabetes. Salud America!, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, created the website.

  • The nutrition and wellness handbook provides an expanded Resources section and other clarifications and improvements.

  • Programs that provide classroom physical activity breaks can increase physical activity, and improve on-task behavior as well as some measures of health. There are a variety of programs that can be used to help kids be active in as little as 10-15 minutes.

  • ChildObesity180 launched a new website to provide out-of-school-time organizations with hundreds of resources, toolkits and products to help them promote healthy habits.

  • A new DHHS report outlines interventions that can improve physical activity of youth in five environmental settings.

  • Walking school buses are great ways to get parents involved in making their child’s walk to school or the bus stop safer and fun. Now there’s help with planning a Walking Bus Program.

  • Need creative ideas for meal planning, shopping, and food preparation? Or fun suggestions for active play? The USDA’s new handbook has tips sheets and other helpful information.

  • Looking for a new way to make the case for physical activity improvements in your community? Check out a new report called Designed to Move.

  • A new year often brings new resolve to eat healthy. Unfortunately, good intention can be sidetracked when mid-afternoon hunger leads to a trip to the vending machine and the only options are candy, chips, and sugary beverages.

  • Looking for some help planning your school menu? The Alliance for a Healthier Generation has many tools and resources to help you meet or exceed the new regulations.

  • Free Mini Playbook has games to help students be active and become better learners.

  • Comprehensive collection of resources present the best evidence available about a variety of school-based strategies for promoting physical activity.

  • Get guidance on everything you need about making your community walkable.

  • What Works for Health is a new online tool you can use to find tested, effective policies and programs to improve health in your community.

  • The Built Environment Assessment Training Institute has launched a free online course to learn how to assess the built environment for physical activity

  • Twitter, the much beloved social networking site, is set to take on disease outbreaks, after HHS officials announced the release of a new Web-based application tool available to public health officials.

  • Fruit and vegetable costumes are available for loan to SC residents from the Bureau of Community Health and Chronic Disease Prevention. These costumes can be used for a variety of nutrition education activities and events such as supermarket tours, National Nutrition Month activities, cooking demonstrations, Walk to School events, and classroom nutrition education presentations.

  • The Classification of Laws Associated with School Students (C.L.A.S.S.) website uses two policy classification systems to score state-level codified laws for physical education (PE) and nutrition in schools. The scoring criteria for these systems are based on current public health research and national recommendations and standards for PE and nutrition in schools. Click here to […]

  • The Do All Children Have Places to Be Active? Disparities in Access to Physical Activity Environments in Racial and Ethnic Minority and Lower-Income Communities Research Synthesis examines the growing body of evidence indicating that racial and ethnic minority, and lower-income, communities do not provide as many built and social environmental supports for physical activity, and summarizes research on racial, ethnic and economic disparities in obesity and physical activity rates among children and adults.

  • The South Carolina Safe Routes to School Resource Center is proud to announce that the website is up and running! Visit now!

    This website is full of FREE, downloadable resources that can be used to help launch and promote your Safe Routes to School Programs.

  • Move More…it’s in the Cards provides teachers with an easy to use resource for leading children in physical activity. Each card describes an activity that teachers can use to help children meet the daily recommended amount of structured physical activity. Use of this tool increases the quality and quantity of children’s movement and can reinforce concepts being taught in the classroom. The games and activities are intended for children ages 3-5, but may be modified for younger children.