Healthy schools campaign

nrgBalance Zone

FAQs

  1. Why should I enroll?
  2. Who is eligible?
  3. Who should lead enrollment efforts for my school/community rec center?
  4. What resources are available to me as an nrgBalance Zone enrollee?
  5. Who do I contact for assistance in getting started?

  1. Why should I enroll?
  2. Enrolling as an nrgBalance Zone is a great opportunity to highlight school wellness efforts. With so many demands facing today's youth and families, schools can play a critical role in helping youth understand the importance of making healthy choices – balancing healthy meals and snacks with regular physical activity.

    Through the campaign, schools receive access to:

    • online resources – planning guides, health education materials, and promotional templates
    • professional development opportunities
    • physical activity-related programs on walking/pedestrian safety and outdoor recreation;
    • teen-led health promotion campaign
    • after-school program for elementary-aged children and their families
    • annual events promoting walk to school, healthy snacking, healthy meals, and outdoor play
    • monthly eNewsletter

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  3. Who is eligible?
  4. The nrgBalance Zones campaign is open to K-12 school buildings (public and private).

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  5. Who should lead enrollment efforts for my school?
  6. Throughout the campaign’s history, school health councils have traditionally played the leading role in ensuring their school building completes the online enrollment. Within a school health council, it is often the school nurse, school food service director or physical education teacher that champions the enrollment efforts from year to year.

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  7. What resources are available to me as an nrgBalance Zone enrollee?
  8. nrgBalance Zone schools receive access to:

    • online resources – planning guides, health education materials, and promotional templates
    • professional development opportunities
    • physical activity-related programs on walking/pedestrian safety and outdoor recreation;
    • teen-led health promotion campaign
    • after-school program for elementary-aged children and their families
    • annual events promoting walk to school, healthy snacking, healthy meals, and outdoor play
    • monthly eNewsletter

    nrgBalance Zone Benefits provided to all schools enrolled in the campaign:

    nrgBalance Zone Welcome Resource Pack
    (mailed in August 2011 for the start of the 2011-12 school year)

    • nrgBalance Zone Banner
    • nrgBalance Event Posters (Apple Crunch, Go for the Greens & Move it Outside)
    • Walk to School Day Posters
    • 2011/2012 Calendar of Events

    Year-long Membership Benefits:

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  9. Who do I contact for assistance in getting started?
  10. The Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital is pleased to provide technical assistance to schools that enroll in the nrgBalance Zone Campaign.

    Please contact info@nrgbalance.org with questions, concerns or if additional information is needed during enrollment or throughout the campaign year.

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“Enrolling as a Keystone Healthy Zone school has allowed our students to participate in lifetime activities through our physical education and after-school programs.”

Jill Hoffman
Health and Phys Ed Teacher
Blue Ridge Middle School
Susquehanna County