Author - Rosa Ramirez

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Healthy Schools Campaign, an independent not-for-profit organization, is the leading authority on healthy school environments and a voice for people who care about our environment, our children, and education. Our mission is to advocate for policies and practices that allow all students, teachers and staff to learn and work in a healthy school environment. HSC accomplishes this work by addressing issues of environmental health and wellness in schools. Learn more at

Hot Topic: Wellness in Chicago Public Schools

This past fall,  we saw remarkable milestones for school wellness in Chicago. At the Chicago Board of Education’s meeting in November, the Board passed a Healthy Snack and Beverage Policy. In October, the Board adopted a new school wellness policy. Combined, these two policies represent a significant advance in Chicago Public Schools (CPS) school food and fitness policy. 

What do the policies mean for schools? Most fundamentally, they set common-sense standards to support children’s he...

Posted on March 13, 2013 at 6:30 AM by Rosa Ramirez

Get involved: Fit Kids Get Better Grades

As a parent you know that healthy, active, well-nourished students are better prepared to learn. But how do you transform that knowledge into action in your child’s everyday school environment? A growing body of evidence suggests that a healthy and physically active student is more likely to be academically motivated, alert, and successful.

A new study published in the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness shows how academic performance relates to all aspects of physical fitn...

Posted on March 06, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Rosa Ramirez

Calling Chicago Parents - Help Improve CPS School Lunches

Calling all Chicago parents!  Would you like to help improve the Chicago Public Schools school lunch program? Would you like to help shape what food is available for lunch at your child’s school? Have you wondered who decides what is on the menu and how school lunches are prepared? Are you concerned about the amount of waste generated during the lunch period?

If so, this opportunity is for you. 

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is forming a Parent School Food Advisory Group and is...

Posted on December 20, 2012 at 10:00 PM by Rosa Ramirez