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Proper school nutrition must be complemented by activities outside of the cafeteria.
- Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture

The recent announcement of the new Let’s Move! Active Schools campaign, combined with National Nutrition Month, make March the perfect time to focus on health and wellness.

This month’s newsletter highlights resources on a wide range of topics that involve “health”– nutrition; diabetes; eating disorders; children with special health care needs; exercise (including inclusive physical education); and supporting children’s social, mental, and emotional health.

As spring approaches, we hope these resources will help each of us boost our children’s health – and our own!

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Here are three resources you may find useful on health, this month’s special theme:

Are you looking for information on a health condition?
For a doctor or services? Other “health” connections? Try this resource page.

Mental health resources.
There are many, many organizations that deal with mental health. This page will help you find the one or ones that offer the type of assistance, intervention, or information you’re seeking.

La Salud.
And for the Spanish-speaking community, a resource page on health in Spanish.

Mathematics instruction for students with learning disabilities.
We’ve summarized the major points of a meta-analysis of research on mathematics instruction for students with learning disabilities, conducted between 1971 and 2007. This meta-analysis synthesizes 42 interventions on instructional approaches that enhance the mathematics proficiency of students with learning disabilities.

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Logo of the IDEA Partnership.

Resources for families and schools: School safety and trauma.
The IDEA Partnership and partners offer these resources to support you in helping children and families cope and communities undertake the dialogue on school safety, mental health, and trauma.



National nutrition month (Kids eat right).
March is National Nutrition Month, a nutrition education and information campaign sponsored annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign is designed to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. Find all sorts of materials and suggestions at:

Summer camp resources.
It’s that planning time of year again!

Camps for children with special needs

25 summer camps for individuals with special needs

19 more summer camps for individuals with special needs

Organize your child’s medical records.
This 2-page brief gives great suggestions and several step-by-step instructions for getting your child’s medical records together and then organizing them.

Are you at risk for diabetes? Find out March 26th.
March 26th is the American Diabetes Association’s Alert Day, a one-day “wake-up call” asking the American public to take a diabetes risk test. Know the facts and get tested.

Where to turn for help with eating disorders?
Here are some resources that families may find helpful.

Parent toolkit on eating disorders.
This toolkit from the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is broken into 3 sections: basics for parents, treatment information, and insurance issues.

Warning signs of an eating disorder.
It’s critical to know the warning signs of eating disorders so they can be assessed and treated as early as possible.

School guidelines program for eating disorders.
The School Guidelines Program is a product of the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa & Associated Disorders (ANAD). The program is designed to assist school personnel in handling the issues of eating disorders among students. For a free copy of the program, contact ANAD, at:

National Eating Disorders Association
Lots of info here! Videos, too, Spanish resources, and a Parent Toolkit.

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Coping with a picky toddler.
Do you feel like your child survives on dry cereal and air?
Children are often more open to new foods when everyone surrounding them is relaxed about eating.

Training activity: Participation-based IFSP outcomes and IEP goals.
This training activity is designed to support participants’ understanding of the criteria needed to develop and write high-quality, participation-based IFSP outcomes and IEP goals.

Toddler exercise: Five tips to get moving!
Sure, your fidgety toddler can’t sit still, but is she getting the exercise she needs? Keep your toddler active with these simple strategies.

Cognitive effects on infants & toddlers from exercise.
Many of us know the physical health benefits of exercise, but there are many mental health benefits as well. Exercise increases brain activity and is especially beneficial in infants and toddlers.

Toys for different developmental stages.
New parents frequently wonder why their baby doesn’t show much interest in the shiny new toy that Grandma brought when in all reality, it may be that your baby’s developmental age and the intended age for the toy do not match. Learn what toys are right for the different stages of development.

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Let’s move: Teacher toolkit.
What can teachers do together to improve physical activity and healthy eating? The Let’s Move campaign has some great ideas!

Health and nutrition information for educators.
If you’re looking for a treasure trove of resources for your classroom on food, sample menus and recipes, online tools that children (and adults) can use to create and track a personalized eating and exercising plan, and much more… this site is definitely a great place to come.

Caring for children with special healthcare needs in the school setting.
Caring for children with special healthcare needs in the school setting can be challenging. This brief provides guidance on how to address the needs of students with special healthcare needs.

Inclusive physical education.
Many teachers and coaches have questions about how best to include children with disabilities in physical education. This article aims to help teachers, student teachers, and coaches to consider student ability, activity adaptation, and identifies additional resources.

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Let’s move!
Let’s move! recognizes that every city is different, and every town will require its own distinct approach to the issue.

Nutrition education study.
Nutrition Education and Promotion: The Role of FNS in Helping Low-Income Families Make Healthier Eating and Lifestyle Choices. FNS administers the nutrition assistance programs of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This brief is a report to Congress on the impact that nutrition education is having on preventing obesity and improving the likelihood that eligible low-income people will make healthy food choices within a limited budget.

Physical and emotional awareness for children who are homeless (PEACH).
PEACH is an innovative curriculum that teaches young children about good nutrition, physical activity, and how to deal with the stress of being homeless. It is easy to use and fun to implement.

Guidance for writing your annual performance report.
The National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities (NDPC-SD) has developed guidance to aid states in preparing their Annual Performance Report for Indicators B-1 (Graduation Rate) and B-2 (Dropout Rate).

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