Philadelphia's Campaign for Healthier Schools works to increase access to
healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity.
What can schools do to increase physical activity?
- Implement socialized recess, which is a safe, organized, and
supervised physical activity program practiced during recess;
- Incorporate classroom movement breaks while also increasing learning;
- Offer physical activity clubs before, during and after school;
- Hold school-wide events that promote fitness;
- Engage parents and other community partners to encourage
participation and increase awareness about active living;
- Create an active environment in everyday living by walking and biking to school; and
- Provide bicycle and safety education.
Is my child's school a part of the Campaign for Healthier Schools?
To date, 160 public schools in the School District of Philadelphia have established wellness councils and created health improvement plans to include more physical activity into the school day.
List of participating schools (Excel file)
Kids Need Playtime
"Every day we had 45-65 students in the gym before school. The students mostly played games and were VERY active. Students do not mind getting sweaty in their school clothes before school if we give them the opportunity to play what they enjoy."
- Wellness Champion and Physical Education Teacher
Baldi Middle School
How can I get involved?
- Parents: Parents are often the strongest voices to making positive change in schools. You can make a difference!
If you would like to help your child’s school join the Campaign for Healthier Schools, please contact your school’s principal.
- Schools: Learn how to join the Campaign for Healthier Schools. Find out how participating schools have made their school healthier.
- For more information on the Campaign for Healthier Schools, contact Sara Solomon via email or 215-685-5252.
Alliance for a Healthier Generation
Eat. Right. Now.
Let's Move in Schools
Let's Read. Let's Move. Philadelphia.
National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity
Philadelphia Urban Food and Fitness Alliance
Safe Routes Philly
School District of Philadelphia, Office of Health, Safety and Physical Education
Students Run Philly Style