KC Healthy Kids And Public Health Law Center Have Published Community Use Of School Property In Missouri.

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This five-part series of guides outlines model policies, success stories and explains how to implement and pay for a community use program.

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“Healthy lifestyles for kids is only possible when our communities and schools/school districts can come together to form an alliance toward this cause, says Sarah Shipley, VP of marketing and social innovation at KC Healthy Kids."

Kansas City, Mo: KC Healthy Kids has published a series of guides called Community Use of School Property in Missouri that helps neighborhood and community groups work with school districts to modify community use policies and develop or maintain highly successful agreements.

  • The guides include:
  • A Guide to Implementation
  • Success Stories
  • A Checklist
  • Best Practices for Scheduling
  • Paying for Community Use of School Property
  • Working with School Districts

Community use policies are incredibly important in promoting healthy lifestyles for kids. That’s because in some towns, it is hard for people to find places to stay active. Those without cars cannot easily get to a community fitness center, walking or bike path or nature trail, so they must rely on facilities that are already nearby.

Schools then become valuable assets in communities, especially when they are open to the public for recreation and sports before and after school hours.

“Community use policies can immensely contribute to healthy lifestyles among kids and adults, especially in the under served communities,” says Sarah Shipley, VP of marketing & social innovation at KC Healthy Kids. “This is only possible when our communities and schools/school districts can come together to form an alliance towards this cause. Nearby facilities at schools provide easy access to families to get out and be active,” she adds.

The series was created by KC Healthy Kids and the Public Health Law Center, in partnership with the Missouri Association of Councils of Government, Missouri Consultants for Education, Missouri School Boards’ Association and Missouri State Alliance of YMCAs.

The organizations were convened to promote and sustain community changes that enable healthy lifestyles. Their goal is to accelerate and advance policy and environmental changes in Missouri that encourage healthy eating and active living.

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About Public Health Law Center
The Public Health Law Center helps create communities where everyone can be healthy. We empower our partners to transform their environments by eliminating commercial tobacco, promoting healthy food, and encouraging active lifestyles. We do that by providing legal and strategic support to local and state health departments, health advocacy organizations, attorneys working on public health issues, and community coalitions around the country. For more information, visit http://www.publichealthlawcenter.org.

About KC Healthy Kids
KC Healthy Kids rallies the people in our communities to improve access to affordable fresh food and safe places to walk and play. When our neighborhoods support healthy habits, we are less likely to suffer from obesity, which is linked to Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and poor mental health. To make a lasting impact, we shape policies that improve our food system and physical surroundings and ultimately, the places where we live, work, learn and play.
Visit us at http://www.kchealthykids.org

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