Healthy Kids Healthy Schools 

Celebrating health and wellness in Dane County schools

Healthy Kids Healthy Schools 

We aim to make Dane County schools the healthiest in the state. By partnering with school staff and families, we’re working to make each building a healthy place for children to learn.

Healthy Kids Healthy Schools Award

In 2019, Healthy Kids and a team of school partners launched our first, annual Healthy Kids Healthy Schools Award. We aim to celebrate the great strides Dane County schools are taking in making their students and staff healthy and well.

Whether this involves helping children walk safely to school, encouraging a bite of a tomato from a school garden, or hosting birthday dance parties, we want to reward great work.

Thirty-two schools applied this year and received a Gold, Silver or Bronze award!

Stay tuned for more information about our Healthy Kids Healthy Schools Summit in the fall of 2020!

Check out the Healthy Kids Healthy Schools Award Resource Page

See the 2019 Award Winners!

Healthy Kids Healthy Schools Learning Collaborative

Funded through a grant from the American Cancer Society, teams from Dane County schools, come together to learn about best practices, receive support on establishing and sustaining Wellness Committees, and share stories of real-world strategies for increased student and staff health and wellness.

After completing the Healthy Kids Healthy Schools Award Assessment, schools receive an Action Plan to guide their work moving forward.

Here are some examples of great work being done in Dane County schools to create healthier kids!

Breakfast After the Bell

Check out this video to see how Sugar Creek Elementary in Verona ensured every child starts the day off with breakfast and meaningful time with their peers and teacher. 

Birthday Cart

Many schools have changed their policies around birthday treats as an equitable and healthy approach to honoring the birthday child. Here are some resources and examples from area schools.


Many schools are creating SPARC Hallways for students to move their bodies and exercise the mind/body connection. Teachers comment that these spaces are great for: energy focus before testing, indoor recess option, and individual time for meditation. 


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