April 28, 2008
National Healthy Schools Day is an opportunity to showcase policies and practices that create healthy school environments for children, personnel, and communities. The event corresponds to the first day of School Building Week, April 28-May 2. It is organized by Healthy Schools Network.
Healthy Schools Network, Inc. is a 501c3 national environmental health organization that does research, information, education, coalition-building, and advocacy to ensure that every child has a healthy learning environment that is clean and in good repair. Founded in 1995, they have documented and publicized school environmental problems; shaped and won new education, health, and environmental policies; fostered dozens of local and state policy groups; won systemic federal and state reforms; and helped thousands of parents and schools make classrooms and buildings healthier through the EPA award-winning Healthy Schools/Healthy Kids Clearinghouse (Information and Referral Services)._
Major efforts include: building the platform and the forum for school environments through the collaborative Coalition for Healthier Schools which was founded and convened with more than 400 local, state, and national partners; leading National Healthy Schools Day; offering steady assistance through the Clearinghouse’s publications and referrals; and refining the model New York Program. Throughout, they are focused on:
1) High Performance School Design/Construction consistent with children’s needs for healthy environments;
2) Greening Existing Schools; and
3) Environmental Public Health for Children who are disproportionately affected by environmental exposures.
For more information, visit National Healthy Schools Day.