Creating Healthy Schools and Communities (CHSC)

Creating Healthy Schools and Communities is a coordinated, multi-sector initiative designed to increase demand for and access to healthy, affordable foods and opportunities for daily physical activity in high-need school districts and their associated communities.

Grantees will collaborate with high-need school districts to:

  1. Increase access to healthy, affordable foods (especially fruits and vegetables, low-sodium foods, and healthy beverages) and increase school districts' ability to meet federal Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA) (PDF) (gpo.gov) nutrition standards for vending, a la carte, school stores, and other foods sold outside the school meal programs.
  2. Establish Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs (PDF) (cdc.gov) and implement and strengthen each of the five components: 1) quality physical education; 2) physical activity during school day; 3) physical activity before and after school; 4) staff involvement; and 5) family and community engagement.
  3. Provide consistent, evidence-based standards for nutrition and physical activity to promote student wellness through the assessment, development, improvement, and implementation of the federally mandated Local School Wellness Policies. (fns.usda.gov)

Grantees will mobilize communities to:

  1. Increase access to healthy, affordable foods (PDF) (cdc.gov) (especially fruits and vegetables, low-sodium foods, and healthy beverages) through a variety of strategies, such as
    • Educating community members and leaders about the benefits of zoning and/or licensing regulations which require that a percentage of foods sold by convenience stores and small retailers be healthy;
    • Developing and sustaining mobile produce sales;
    • Establishing cooperative buying groups; or
    • Creating or enhancing food hubs.
  2. Increase adoption and use of food standards and procurement policies (including criteria for sodium, saturated and trans fats, healthy beverages, and fiber) by venues reaching priority populations, including municipalities, community-based organizations, worksites, and/or hospitals
  3. Educate community members and leaders on the benefits of adopting and implementing Complete Streets policies, plans, and practices

Creating Healthy Schools and Communities Program Reports

  1. Mid-grant progress report ( October 2015-March 2018) (PDF)

Find a Local Grantee in Your Community

To find a local grantee in your community see the Creating Healthy Schools and Communities Grantee List & State Map or view a list of grantees