Professional Development

Check out these resources for additional learning opportunities in the topic of school wellness.
CPU, CEU, and/or PDP credits may be available. See links below for more detail.

Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK)

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School Health Programs & Best Practices WebinarsAccess webinars on school health best practices, family engagement and information on AFHK programs, including Game On and School Grants.
School Health Index WebinarsAccess webinars that address support for utilizing the School Health Index and strategies to help you advance your score.
Whole Child Health WebinarsAccess webinars related to supporting the Whole Child with optimal nutrition, physical activity and more.

Alliance for a Healthier Generation (AHG)

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Training Action CenterFind a variety of webinars, on-demand trainings, and interactive, self-paced learning modules on topics such as social emotional learning, physical activity, staff well-being, and family engagement. Some trainings are also available in Spanish. Note: You must make a free account and login to access these trainings.

Framingham State University (FSU)

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4-Week Online Courses in Health & WellnessFSU offers a variety of four-week online graduate courses for educators and school professionals, including many with a focus on promoting and advancing school wellness. All courses count for one graduate credit and provide 22.5 PDPs for teachers or 15 hours continuing education for school nutrition professionals, RDNs and RNs. Check out the SWITCH Initiatives page via the link provided for more information on related course offerings & registration.

Massachusetts Safe Routes to School (SRTS)

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SRTS Professional Development ProgramThe Massachusetts Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program offers four Professional Development (PD) modules approved by the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. This PD Program focuses on encouraging students to take active and safe commutes to and from school and is categorized as Health & Wellness.
Safe Routes to School WebinarsWebinars available for parents/guardians, educators, and community stakeholders on Safe Routes to School.

New England Dairy Council (NEDC)

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Environmental Impact of Food: Making Sense of Conflicting DataThis webinar tackles some of the conflicts of environmentally conscious diets head-on and explains how they come about, how to interpret conflicting data, and what techniques can be employed for selecting environmentally conscious diets that are also balanced and healthy.
How to Talk About Food: Best Practices for Culturally Appropriate ConversationsThis webinar delves into the best practices for culturally appropriate conversations about food. It highlights culturally appropriate dietary counseling practices from a culinary lens, practices that may be used to better connect with patients, families, and caregivers.
Real Facts about Real Dairy in School MealsThis webinar explores the nutritional contributions of dairy foods to student health and answers common questions related to dairy alternatives and flavored milk. Learn why you can feel good about encouraging your students to choose dairy.

School Nutrition Association (SNA)

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Farm to School: Cafeteria, Classroom, Community This session offers an overview to farm to school, including why it matters and how it supports the goals of child nutrition program, promoting successes, and evaluating your activities. Participants are provided tips and tools for implementing successful farm to school activities.
Social Emotional Learning Begins with School BreakfastThis webinar defines social emotional learning and looks at the connections between breakfast in the classroom. Panel members describe the positive impact of nutrition on social emotional learning (SEL), what was learned from a study and from personal experiences.

The Childhood Obesity Intervention Cost-Effectiveness Study (CHOICES)

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What’s Up With School Wellness: Putting Physical Activity Policies Into PracticeIn this coffee chat hosted by the CHOICES Community of Practice, Nicole Good, School Wellness Specialist at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, shares how wellness policies can support implementation of evidence-based physical activity policies and programs. Nicole provides a brief overview of wellness policy requirements and highlights best practices for moving physical activity policies into practice. Participants also learn about the role of school wellness policies in promoting physical activity and identifying key partner organizations and data needed to inform their development.

The Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN)

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Evaluating School Wellness ActivitiesThis online course consists of five lessons. The course focuses on the important role of evaluation in school wellness policies.  It is designed to provide school nutrition directors with a better understanding of evaluation concepts and tools to assist in creating healthier school environments for children.
Healthy Teachers ProgramThis is a training for teachers to learn principles of healthy eating. Content focuses on the Standard American Diet and how it impacts our health; basic nutrition; label reading; principles of healthy eating; planning and shopping for healthy eating; cooking demos focused on putting principles of healthy eating into practice; and goal setting for healthy eating.

This course was developed by the Whole Kids Foundation and is hosted by ICN.
STAR: Food Allergy Prevention in SchoolsIn this webinar, you will learn what steps to take to implement the new updates of the FASTER Act, what should be included in prevention plans for managing food allergies, and how to maintain a healthier and safer educational environment for students with food allergies. We will also cover the USDA Foods Database and how it can be used to access vendor-specific product information to help you get the most out of USDA Foods in Schools direct-delivered products, as well as menu planning strategies to accommodate students with food allergies and special dietary needs.
Wellness Wednesday – Physical Activity & SleepICN and fellow child nutrition professionals discuss the benefits of physical activity and sleep and how both affect your mental health. Learn practical tips for each topic.

The John C. Stalker Institute of Food & Nutrition at Framingham State University

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School Wellness: It’s Everyone’s ResponsibilityCreating a culture of health and wellness in schools is a collaborative effort. This recorded session provides participants with tips for building and sustaining an active wellness committee. The session also highlights the importance of the Local Wellness Policy, its requirements, and how to properly assess a policy. This training will set you up for School Wellness Success! The training can be found under “Administration and Communication.”

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

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Meal Talk Webinar SeriesThis interactive webinar series highlights resources and materials that address hot topics in school meals, including Taste Tests, Local Wellness Policies, and School Breakfast.