The recommendations and supporting research provided here, were developed by the TSHAC to assist school districts in their efforts to comply with current legislative requirements related to the eight components of coordinated school health; and, offer support to school decision makers as they navigate prevailing school health issues.
Research and Recommendations for Offering Physical Activity Outside the School Day
REVISED: May 12, 2014 - Attached is research, recommendations and resources on the importance of physical activity outside of the school day to assist schools and school districts in the development of comprehensive physical activity programs.
Research and Recommendations on Physical Education
REVISED: March 3, 2014 - Attached are research, recommendations and resources on the importance of teaching Physical Education to students in Texas schools; how it fits into a coordinated approach to health, and ways to assess a school's physical education program and address needs.
Research and Recommendation on School Bus and Automobile Idling
REVISED: March 3, 2014 - Attached is research and a subsequent recommendation on school bus and car idling for use with school districts as revised and approved by the TSHAC membership at their March 3, 2014 TSHAC meeting.
Research and Recommendations on Benefits to Students in School Districts that Prohibit Physical Activity as Punishment
REVISED: March 3, 2014 - Motivating students to pursue and continue active lifestyles is an obtainable goal and serves as an effective strategy to reduce the public health burden of chronic diseases associated with inactivity. A singular barrier that can be both physically and emotionally harmful to children and youth is the practice of using physical activity as punishment and/or behavior management. Developed by the Texas School Health Advisory Committee and revised and approved at their March 3, 2014 meeting, this document was developed to assist local School Health Advisory Councils to revise or update Wellness Policies or other district policies/regulations to prohibit the use of physical activity as punishment.
Recommendations and Research Recess and Physical Activity: Impact on Student Health and Academic, Social, and Emotional Development (Word 80K)
REVISED: January 13, 2014 - Attached is research and subsequent recommendations on the impact of recess and physical activity on student health and academic, social and emotional development as revised and approved by the Texas School Health Advisory Committee at their January 13, 2014 meeting. This document was prepared specifically to support local school districts in their efforts to comply with SB530, passed during the 80th legislative session.
A sample school district resolution on Recommendations on Recess for Elementary School Students is provided here for use with local school health advisory councils.
Sample ISD Resolution: Recommendations on Recess for Elementary School Students (Word 57K)
Recommendation and Research on Health Education for all Texas Students K-12 Grade
REVISED: January 14, 2013 Revisions to Recommendation and Research on Health Education for all Texas Students, Kindergarten through 12th Grade were approved by the Texas School Health Advisory Committee at their January 14, 2013 meeting. This document was prepared specifically to support local school districts in their efforts to recommend a half credit of health education as a graduation requirement for all high school students.
A sample school district resolution is also provided for School Health Advisory Councils to use if making the same recommendation to their local school board.
Sample Resolution: Research and Recommendations on Health Education for All Texas Students K-12 Grade (Word 53K)
Research and Recommendations on Student Consumption of Regular and Diet Sodas in High Schools (Word 74K)
REVISED: November 12, 2012 - The school environment has a strong impact on influencing the consumption of nutrient rich foods of our school children. It is important to establish regulations that create a healthier environment and promote healthy foods and beverages. It has also been a concern that sweetened and unsweetened carbonated beverages displaces the consumption of healthier beverages. Linked here are revised research and the subsequent recommendations on the availability of sodas in Texas high schools as approved by the TSHAC membership at their November 12, 2012 meeting. The recommendations relating to beverages sold or served to students are to provide support and recommendations to the Texas Department of Agriculture in order to provide assistance in implementing Texas Public School Policy regulations in an effort to create a healthy school environment
Recommendations for the Improvement of the Coordinated School Health Program (Word 50K)
Recommendations for modifications to coordinated health program requirements were developed by the TSHAC and approved at their May 11, 2009 meeting after a review of the results of an analysis provided by the Texas Education Agency of the student fitness assessment conducted in Texas schools during the 2007-2008 school year as required by law during the 80th legislative session.