Obesity: Healthy schools

Initiatives that help children and adolescents adopt and maintain healthy eating and physical activity behaviors:

  • Engage school health partners statewide to align resources and support schools so their environments, staff, and students are healthier.

  • Promote the adoption of food service guidelines, nutrition standards, and comprehensive school physical activity programs.

  • Provide professional development and technical assistance in the creation of healthy school environments using Colorado's Destination: Healthy Schools Successful Students.

Colorado Coalition for Healthy Schools

The coalition's quarterly meetings offer free professional development related to promoting nutrition, physical education and recess, and other important health topics.

Colorado Healthy Schools Collective Impact

We\'ve joined hundreds of partners across the state to advance the Colorado’s Healthy Schools Collective Impact effort. Collective Impact is the commitment of partners from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a complex social problem. Its goal is that, by 2025, all Colorado K-12 public schools provide an environment and culture that integrates health and wellness equitably for all students and staff.

Healthy Kids Colorado Survey

A voluntary survey that collects anonymous, self-reported health information from middle and high school students across Colorado. The survey asks questions related to various health topics, including physical activity and nutrition, and provides anonymous results that can be used to:

  • Better understand health behaviors and attitudes among Colorado youth.

  • Support new programs and policies.

  • Monitor trends in health behaviors over time.

The survey, conducted every two years, is supported by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Department of Human Services. The University of Colorado Denver-Anschutz Medical Campus implemented the 2013 survey.