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This Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network link provides examples of the words a child might use to describe a reaction.
This site provides information on food allergies, as well as educational materials and food allergy alerts.
EpiPens are for the emergency treatment of severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) caused by allergens, exercise, or unknown triggers. This video provides a step-by-step visual tutorial for the administration of this treatment.

Behavioral & Emotional Health

Read this document from to learn more about what you can do, as a parent, to help reduce the chances your child will develop a drug or alcohol problem.
This website is a school based resource for overweight, undernourished and sedentary youth.
Information, additional resources, and research on child development broken down by age groups.
The HSC Foundation is dedicated to improving access to services for individuals who face social and health care barriers due to disability, chronic illness, or other circumstances that present unique needs.
High School Staff can play a vital role in ensuring students receive the help and support they need to stay on a course for a happy, healthy and productive life as well as a brighter future for Ohio and all its communities.

What does this training offer?
- A free, professional development opportunity with "hands-on practice" in the form of practice conversations through virtual role-play
- One hour of instruction that can be done from any computer with internet access
- Communications skills that transfer to everyday challenges
- A certificate of completion for learners
- A certificate of recognition for your school

The Lorain County Board of Mental Health (LCBMH) is the local public agency that plans, funds, monitors and evaluates a system of services for residents with mental illness in Lorain County.
NEDA is committed to providing help and hope to those affected by eating disorders. Visit their website for additional information and resources on eating disorders.
An eating disorder is marked by extremes. It is present when a person experiences severe disturbances in eating behavior, such as extreme reduction of food intake or extreme overeating, or feelings of extreme distress or concern about body weight or shape. Visit this NIMH website to obtain additional information and resources on eating disorders.
The National Mental Health Information Center was developed for users of mental health services and their families, the general public, policy makers, providers, and the media.

Information Center staff members are skilled at listening and responding to questions from the public and professionals. The staff quickly directs callers to Federal, State, and local organizations dedicated to treating and preventing mental illness. The Information Center also has information on Federal grants, conferences, and other events.

The Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation is a prevention, education and resource organization.
The Olweus Program (pronounced Ol-VEY-us) is a comprehensive, school-wide program designed and evaluated for use in elementary, middle, or junior high schools. The program’s goals are to reduce and prevent bullying problems among school children and to improve peer relations at school. The program has been found to reduce bullying among children, improve the social climate of classrooms, and reduce related antisocial behaviors, such as vandalism and truancy. Visit this website to learn more.
View the Stop Bullying Now! website. You can learn all about bullying and what you can do to stop it. There is a section for both adults and kids. You can find games and cartoon Webisodes that help you Take a Stand. Lend a Hand. Stop Bullying Now!
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network was established to improve access to care, treatment, and services for traumatized children and adolescents exposed to traumatic events. This section of provides information about the Network itself.

Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps (BCMH)

View the Ohio Department of Health website to learn more about the Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps.
Children with Medical Handicaps (CMH, formerly known as BCMH) is a quality assurance agency in the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) that promotes the early identification of children with special health care needs and the referral of those children to quality medical providers for diagnosis and treatment. Read this fact sheet to learn more about services provided through CMH and how to qualify.

Child Care

The Child Care Resource Center provides a tip sheet for when a summer child care provider is needed.
The Child Care Resource Center offers a parental checklist for finding a child care facility. The checklist provides parents with suggestions and options to consider when choosing help.
Keeping baby safe is as easy as A, B, C. Read this fact sheet to learn how to keep your baby safe while sleeping.

Child Passenger Safety

Ohio's Child Passenger Safety Law regarding Booster Seats has changed and will go into effect on October 7, 2009. Please see this flyer for complete details on the law and how you can keep your child as safe as possible on our roadways.
Read this flier to learn more about child passenger safety as well as seat belt safety for pregnant women.

Communicable Diseases

Meningitis is an infection of the fluid of a person's spinal cord and the fluid that surrounds the brain. People sometimes refer to it as spinal meningitis. Read this factsheet to learn more.
Read this factsheet for ways to protect yourself from a cold or the flu and what to do if you do become sick.
View this factsheet to learn general information about conjunctivitis, its different types, and the ways to prevent and treat them. Conjunctivitis is also known as "pink eye."
EV-D68 spreads from person to person when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or touches contaminated surfaces.
A highly contagious, yet mild rash occurring commonly in children that resolves in 7-10 days. Fifth Disease is caused by human parvovirus B19, which leads to a rash on the cheeks, arms, and legs. The following factsheet will provide additional information.
Group A streptococcus is a bacterium often found in the throat and on the skin. People may carry group A strepto-cocci in the throat or on the skin and have no symptoms of illness.
Spanish version of LCGHD Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease fact sheet.
Learn the signs and symptoms of hand, foot, and mouth disease to stop the spread to other people.
Impetigo is a bacterial disease causing tiny fluid filled blisters usually around the mouth and on the face. Read this factsheet to learn more.
MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus) is a type of staph infection that is resistant to certain types of antibiotics, making it harder to treat. Read this factsheet for more general information about MRSA.
The Ohio Coalition for Antibiotic Resistance Education (Ohio CAREs), the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) School Nursing Program and the ODH BUreau of Infectious Disease Control have developed this PowerPoint presentation to assist in the education of students, staff and parents on Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus
aureus (MRSA).

Attached is the PowerPoint Presentation regarding MRSA. This document is to be used with the PDF Facilitator Notes "MRSA - Some things you shouldn't share!"

The Ohio Coalition for Antibiotic Resistance Education (Ohio CAREs), the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) School Nursing Program and the ODH Bureau of Infectious Disease Control have developed this PowerPoint presentation to assist in the education of students, staff and parents on Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

Attached is the PowerPoint Presentation in PDF format with facilitator notes regarding MRSA. This document is to be used with the PowerPoint "MRSA - Some things you shouldn't share!"

This resource contains brochures from the Ohio Department of Health (ODH)for schools, parents, coaches and athletes and a poster regarding the prevention and treatment of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus often called Staph or MRSA. These brochures and poster may be used in the school setting to reinforce prevention/treatment messages.
Pertussis (whooping cough) is a highly contagious bacterial disease that affects the respiratory system. It causes coughing and gagging with little or no fever. Learn more by reading this factsheet.
A skin infection caused by a fungus that can affect skin on body, scalp, groin area, or feet.
A common skin disease caused by an almost invisible organism called a mite. Read this factsheet to learn more about scabies.
Shigella is a bacteria that infects the digestive tract. It produces toxins that can attack the lining of the large intestine. Anyone can get Shigella, but is most common for kids 2 to 4 years old.
This six-poster series designed for student athletes provide clear messages for ways to practice good hygiene, good health and proper wound care. These posters may be displayed in locker rooms, gymnasiums, weight rooms and any other place student athletes may visit.
Viral meningitis is a serious disease but rarely fatal in persons with normal immune systems. It is the most common type of meningitis (inflammation of the tissues that cover the brain and spinal cord). Read this factsheet to learn more.

Coordinated School Health

Reducing violence in neighborhoods enhances the community environment and allows people to thrive. The prevention of violence facilitates
community cohesion and participation, fosters neighborhood improvements, expands employment and educational opportunities, and improves overall health and well-being. Here you are able to view the full document and executive summary.
Please see attached November 17, 2011 Refresh Success! Professional Development Workshop Presentation from Tina Dake, M.Ed. from Whitmer High School. This presentation outlines the CDC School Health Index Tool. For more information visit or email
Seeks to affect children's attitudes and behaviors towards nutrition and physical activity. In the largest school-based health promotion study that has ever been done in the United States, CATCH was shown to improve children's food and activity behaviors, increase levels of activity in physical education classes, and reduce the fat content of school lunches.
This Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publication defines and describes parent
engagement and identifies specific strategies and actions that schools can take to increase parent engagement in schools' health promotion activities. The audiences for this publication include school administrators, teachers, support staff, parents, and others interested in promoting parent engagement.
Please see attached November 17, 2011 Refresh Success! Professional Development Workshop Presentation from Gregg Gascon, PH.D, of the Ohio Education Association. This presentation outlines the CDC's Coordinated School Health Model and provides support for implementing the model school-wide. For more information visit or email

Please see the attached presentation from Jill Jackson, M.Ed., ODE Office for Family and Community Support. Jill provided great insight on school climate to help improve the health and academic success of Lorain County students at the Blueprint for Excellence Professional Development Workshop held on November 7, 2012.
These quick and easy activities are a great way to get middle school kids moving and reinforce curriculum goals. Print them today and see how they can fit into your lesson plans to get kids moving and engaged!
These quick and easy activities are a great way to get middle school kids moving and reinforce curriculum goals. Print them today and see how they can fit into your lesson plans to get kids moving and engaged!
Make Math fun! These quick and easy activities are a great way to get middle school kids moving and reinforce curriculum goals. Print them today and see how they can fit into your lesson plans to get kids moving and engaged!
Gets your students moving and engaged during Music! These quick and easy activities are a great way to get middle school kids moving and reinforce curriculum goals. Print them today and see how they can fit into your lesson plans to get kids moving and engaged!
Gets your kids moving during Science! These quick and easy activities are a great way to get middle school kids moving and reinforce curriculum goals. Print them today and see how they can fit into your lesson plans to get kids moving and engaged!
These quick and easy activities are a great way to get middle school kids moving and reinforce curriculum goals. Print them today and see how they can fit into your lesson plans to get kids moving and engaged!
Download these Energizer cards to get your classroom moving! These quick and easy 2-3 minute activities allow you to get your students up and moving while reinforcing curriculum goals.
These quick and easy to follow cards are great for classroom teachers, substitutes and aides to use to get kids moving! Help kids get more movement in their day while learning at the same time! Print the cards today!
February 5, 2013 - Blueprint for Excellence Workshop
View three presentations from the second Coordinated School Health Workshop of the 2012-13 School Year. Heather Distin, PCC-S, provided information on how stress affects our bodies and students in the classroom. She discussed ways to minimize its effects and tips to manage stress. Next, Marietta Orlowski, Ph.D., provided methods on how to track physical activity in any classroom.
Be sure to get this list of healthy fund raising ideas to your booster clubs, food service, principals and any other groups that do fund raising in your district! You can make money and not compromise the health of your students.
The candy drawer is no more in schools! Be sure to motivate your students with rewards that are not food. This list of ideas gives you practical and cheap options that keep kids motivated and doesn't compromise their health.
Is the Ohio weather keeping your students in from recess? Print these cards, hang them up in the hallways of your building and have an instant indoor fitness course!
Please see attached Feb 22, 2012 Refresh Success! Professional Development Workshop Presentation from Maureen Pisanick, RD, LD Supervisor of Nutrition, Hudson City School District. For more information please contact Maureen at
David Pauer, MNO of the Cleveland Clinic presented the attached document Learning Well -Physical Activity & Nutrition Affect Ourselves, Our Families, Schools,
Worksites and Communities at the October 2010 Coordinated School Health Workshop. This presentation can be used to inform individuals, employers and school health teams the benefits of environmental systems change and employee wellness.
Please see attached August 7, 2013 Food Service Professional Development Workshop Presentation from Ashley Davis, MA, RD, LD from the Ohio Department of Health. This presentation outlines how schools can implement a salad bar.
Good education predicts good health, and disparities in health and in educational achievement are closely linked. Read this article for a summary of knowledge in health benefits of high school graduation and discuss the pathways by which graduation from high school contributes to good health.
This resource is a handout provided at the June 13, 2011 Back to Basics Coordinated School Health Conference by Keith King, PhD, MCHES Professor of Health Promotion and Education at the University of Cincinnati. Topics covered in this handout include a definition of school connectedness as well as strategies to enhance connections within the school environment through students, teachers and school-wide.
SOPHE is an independent, international, professional association made up of a diverse membership of health education professionals and students. With its primary focus on public health education, SOPHE provides leadership through a code of ethics, standard for professional preparation, research, and practice; professional development; and public outreach.
Attached are the notes and slides from the November 17, 2011 Refresh Success! Coordinated School Health Professional Development Series per Tina Dake, M.Ed. from Whitmer High School.
Please see attached Feb 22, 2012 Refresh Success! Professional Development Workshop Presentation from Laura Rooney, MPH from the Ohio Department of Health. This presentation outlines how school health teams can expand their reach to administrators, parents and the community through various communication methods.

Diabetes Prevention & Management

Resources include the Everyday Wisdom Kit for families of newly diagnosed children, school safety information and much more. For information about summer camps for children with diabetes, visit
For children and teens who have diabetes, that means meeting their diabetes needs at school, as they do at home. It also means that they will need trained adults who are willing and able to assist them as needed. Visit this ADA website to learn more about keeping your diabetic child safe at school. Website includes information for parents, teachers, health care providers and more.

A CDC-recognized lifestyle change program is a proven way to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.

Drugs, Alcohol, and Tobacco

During spring 2008, the Ohio Department of Health conducted the fifth Ohio Youth Tobacco Survey (OYTS). Read this document to see the results of this survey taken among children grades six through twelve. is a free service of Join Together, a project of The Partnership at and Boston University School of Public Health.
The Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Board of Lorain County is a special purpose governmental agency charged with planning, evaluating, coordinating, funding and contracting for the delivery of publicly-financed alcohol and other drug addiction education,prevention and treatment services for the benefit of Lorain County residents.
This website provides medication safety and prescription drug abuse prevention resources for schools, colleges, and communities. Links are provided to various external resources, as well as materials developed at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy.
Lorain County resources on alcohol and drug abuse services.
This document from the Tobacco Policy Center at Capital University Law School is an example of what a 100% Tobacco-Free School Policy would look like.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), created this Web site to educate adolescents ages 11 through 15 (as well as their parents and teachers) on the science behind drug abuse. NIDA enlisted the help of teens in developing the site to ensure that the content addresses appropriate questions and timely concern
NIDA's mission is to lead the Nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction.
Welcome to the consolidation website for the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services and the Ohio Department of Mental Health. Here you will find the latest information pertaining to the agency merger as well as links to ask questions and give feedback. It is our goal to be as transparent and inclusive as possible in this process. Thank you for your interest as we work to move Ohio forward.
SOLACE Lorain County is a chapter of a statewide group, seeking to the substance abuse crisis-specifically, prescription drug/opiate abuse.
A new effort is underway across Ohio to prevent drug abuse among Ohio’s most vulnerable citizens – our children. Governor John R. Kasich and First Lady Karen W. Kasich have launched Start Talking! to give parents, guardians, educators and community leaders the tools to start the conversation with Ohio’s youth about the importance of living healthy, drug-free lives.

Drunk Driving: Over the Limit. Under Arrest.

The Lorain County Safe Community Coalition has impaired driving graphics and poster files available for use in schools, work sites and agencies. The messages touch on a variety of subjects including: Winter Holiday Season, Baseball Game, Summer/Boating, Football Tailgating, Date Night, Law Enforcement and Parents Who Host Lose the Most. You may print and post fliers, add to your agency's web site or link to the online materials.

Environmental Health

The healthy school environments web site is designed to provide one-stop access to the many programs and resources available to help prevent and resolve environmental issues in schools.
Please click below link to view the Get the Lead Out Fact Card describing available funds to get children tested for lead and remove lead dangers from the home. For more information please call Lorain County General Health District (440) 322.6367, Lorain City Health District (440) 204.2300 or Elyria City Health District (440) 323-7595.
This EPA website provides IAQ Tools for Schools Program which is a comprehensive resource to help schools maintain a healthy environment in school buildings by identifying, correcting, and preventing IAQ problems.
The Ohio Department of Health (ODH)program works to improve the environmental health of Ohio's schools through both regulatory and non-regulatory means. Staff provide technical assistance and training to local health departments, school personnel and the general public.
IPM is a systematic, science-based approach to managing pests which focuses on long-term prevention or suppression with minimal impact on human health, the environment and non-target organisms.

Food Safety

A FDA website that provides complete information on food safety and nutrition for consumers.
Please see attached August 7, 2013 Food Service Professional Development Workshop Presentation from Scott Pozna, RD from the Lorain County General Health District. This presentation outlines how schools food service can maintain healthy standards in the kitchen as well as tips to implement a food safe salad bar.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website on handwashing with resources, information, and tools for adults, adolescents, and children.
Hang this poster at your school, work site, restaurant or office as a reminder to cover your cough and keep hands clean.
Good Health is in Your Hands! Please open this document for classroom ideas to teach healthy handwashing skills. Contact the document's author with questions.
The CDC has ready-to-use buttons available for you to add to your school, business or organizations web site to promote handwashing and get up to date information on H1N1 (swine flu). Click here to choose your button!

Wash your hands with soap and clean running water. Visit for more information.

The best way to prevent disease and infection is free! This factsheet will teach you how to properly wash your hands.
Quick and easy lesson plans for grades 3-6 for teaching and reinforcing handwashing. Washing hands prevents disease!
Easy to implement lesson plans for grades 6-12 about handwashing and preventing the spread of germs. Free to reproduce.
Connect these great handwashing lesson plans to your current curriculum to prevent disease in your school. Handwashing prevents the spread of disease and keeps your students and staff healthy and ready to learn.
Use this tray liner to reinforce good handwashing habits for students. Washing hands often prevents disease!
This animated video, sung to the tune of Happy Birthday, encourages kids to wash their hands to keep germs away. The song is sung twice through, the recommended length of time to wash hands.
Live poultry, such as chickens, ducks, geese, and turkeys, often carry harmful germs such as Salmonella. While it usually doesn’t make the birds sick, Salmonella can cause serious illness when it is passed to people.
Games, videos, interactive tools, and other resources for handwashing education and promotion for children.
Short handwashing videos featuring characters from Sesame Street.

Head Lice/Bed Bugs

This Ohio Department of Health (ODH) site offers information regarding frequently asked questions and general information regarding bed bugs. This website links to the Central Ohio Bed Bugs Task Force which contains guidance for professionals, including Fire/EMS, schools, landlords, hospitality and retail.
This Ohio State University Factsheet provides information regarding the identification, lifestyle, prevention, and removal of bedbugs.
General information about head lice. Includes FAQs, head lice treatment FAQs, malathion FAQs
This Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) site highlights Environmental Health Services (EHS) regarding Bed Bugs.
LCGHD Spanish version head lice fact sheet
Read this factsheet to learn more about head lice, also known as Pediculus humanus capitis.

Healthy Lifestyles

Better lifestyle habits can help you reduce your risk for heart attack. Learn what you can do to help prevent heart disease and stroke.
The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) helps people make choices that reduce their chances of developing cancer.
Body Mass Index (BMI) is a number calculated from a person's weight and height. BMI provides a reliable indicator of body fatness for most people and is used to screen for weight categories that may lead to health problems.

Visit this link through the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to calculate BMI's for Adults, Teens and Children.

Creative Walking, Inc. is led by walking guru Robert Sweetgall. Find resources that will allow you to challenge yourself through walking and develop fun and easy team activities.
This infographic gives viewers a sneak peek into the state of health in Lorain County.

Visually appealing with local data to support.

How to use:
- As a supplement to support a health campaign or initiative
- Individual topics/sections or total infographic
- Community groups, worksites, or schools

Pediatric guide to child health and safety
If you're interested in learning more about eating better and living a healthier lifestyle, go this website, coordinated through the US Department of Health and Human Services, for daily tips and motivation along with up to date resources for the whole family.
When is too sick for school or work? When should you stay home or keep a sick loved one home? Find out when to keep sick at home.


There are millions of people between the ages of 11 and 19 who need vaccinations. Make sure you and your healthcare provider keep your immunizations up to date. Check to be sure you've had all the vaccinations you need.
A table, broken down by grade level, of immunizations required for school attendance beginning Fall 2017.
-Authorization to Disclose Immunization Information

-Director's Journal - School Requirements

-Immunization Summary - Child Care & School

Per the Ohio Department of Health's (ODH)changes in immunization requriements, this letter is to be sent to parents of Kindergarten students in the Fall semester. ODH Immunization Summary
Per the Ohio Department of Health's (ODH) changes in immunization requirements, this letter is to be sent to parents of 12th graders in the Fall semester to inform them their children are required to have a Meningococcal vaccine. The bottom portion should be filled out by the vaccine provider and returned to the School for updating records. ODH Immunization Summary
Per the Ohio Department of Health's (ODH) changes in immunization requirements, this letter is to be sent to parents of 7th graders in the Fall semester to inform them their children are required to have a booster dose of Td or Tdap. The bottom portion should be filled out by the vaccine provider and returned to the School for updating records. ODH Immunization Summary
Per the Ohio Department of Health's (ODH)changes in immunization requriements, this letter is to be sent to parents of Preschool students in the Fall semester.
This cover letter is to accompany a senior student's immunization record that the school has on file to be used for upcoming work or college. Also include the "11-19 Year Old Vaccination" Factsheet for additional information on required immunizations.
A quick table guide to inform parents on when to get their child vaccinated from birth to 18 years of age.
Babies receive 6 vaccines to protect from 8 major diseases between birth and 6 months of age.


Read this resource for healthy habits that will help you prevent the flu and other illnesses.
This Fact Sheet Highlights:
- Symptoms of cold & flu
- How flu spreads
- How long flu is contagious
- When to keep students home from school
- Flu Resources
Information for parents and students on influenza. Linked website includes flyers with prevention tips and messages aimed at parents and a student/school audience. Website also includes videos and other helpful flu resources.


Information on concussions including symptoms, managing the concussion, the new return to play law, and treatment.
This link provides Ohio Department of Health resources to address the Ohio Return-to-Play law that goes into effect April 26, 2013. Please visit this site for information sheets, links to online concussion management training, and frequently asked questions for coaches, referees, and parents.
To select and properly fit a bicycle helmet, follow the helmet fitting instructions in this fact sheet.
This CDC website provides factsheets for parents, school nurses, coaches, and school staff about head injuries and concussions.

Maternal and Infant Health


Information and resources on nutrition from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers personalized eating plans, interactive tools to help you plan and assess your food choices, and advice to help you in making choices for a healthy lifestyle.
Check out the new Fruit & Veggies Matter Web site for tips, recipes, and more! You can find easy ways to add more fruits and vegetables into your daily eating patterns.
Food provides the energy and nutrients you need to be healthy. This website will provide you with information on how to eat nutritiously.
Favorite recipes can be easily changed to become healthier versions, without sacrificing taste. The Ohio State Extension has created this fact sheet to help you in the kitchen!
The National Farm to School Network envisions a nation in which Farm to School programs are an essential component of strong and just local and regional food systems, ensuring the health of all school children, farms, the environment, economy and communities. provides easy access to the best food and nutrition information from across the federal government. It serves as a gateway to reliable information on nutrition, healthy eating, physical activity, and food safety for consumers.
Breakfast ideas and tips to get children motivated to eat a healthy breakfast before school!
Educating and empowering members to provide healthy meals to foster an environment where children achieve overall wellness and lifelong success.
When your kids are feeling the need to nibble, take a junk food detour and give them a snack that will fuel them up the healthy way.
Display a Smart Snacking Poster to promote healthy options where snacks are available to eat. This poster is based on the Nutrient Density of snack foods and illustrates the Snackwise rating system. To show each category, snack examples are depicted on the poster. Remember to choose red snacks rarely, yellow choices occasionally and green is always the best option!
The Smarter Lunchrooms Movement was started in 2009 with the goal of creating sustainable research-based lunchrooms that guide smarter choices. It is a grassroots movement of those concerned with the way children eat and wish to change these behaviors through the application of evidence-based lunchroom focused principles that promote healthful eating.
Developed by the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition at Nationwide Children's Hospital, Snackwise is a research-based snack rating system that calculates Nutrient Density in snack foods. Snackwise is designed for use by any organization or individual interested in making healthier snack choices.
The Lunch Box is an online toolkit with Healthy Tools For All Schools, packed with solutions at your fingertips. Use any of these free tools to transform your school food into healthy and delicious food for all children, at every school. Go ahead, open The Lunch Box, use the recipes and other tools-for-change that have worked so well for school districts across the country, and make positive change happen in your community. The time to get started is now.

Physical Activity

Fitting regular exercise into your daily schedule may seem difficult at first, but the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans are more flexible than ever, giving you the freedom to reach your physical activity goals through different types and amounts of activities each week. It's easier than you think!
The way we design and build our communities can affect our mental and physical health. This website gives tips on designing and building healthy communities that can improve the quality of life for all people who live, work, worship, learn and play within their borders.
There are five total parts to this display; choose as many or all as you like (just one section shown here).

The electronic versions can be used as stand-alone posters/fliers, or included in online messages (newsletters, emails, social media, or websites).

Ideas for use:
- Near vending machines
- At health fairs
- Community group meetings (PTA, Boards, Community development, etc)
- Locations: worksites, schools, community centers, worship sites

It's easy to help preschoolers and elementary students get the hour of daily physical activity they need. KidsHealth in the Classroom from Nemours offers free lesson plans to get kids active during the school day.
A variety of images are available for use in your school, workplace, or community for physical activity and nutrition promotion.
A variety of images are available for use in your school, workplace, or community for physical activity and nutrition promotion.
Poster available for use in your school, workplace, or community to promote walking and nutrition!
Print double sided and get three cards to promote walking in your school, workplace or community.
Logo can be used in your school, workplace or community to promote walking and nutrition through the Lorain County Walks program or website.
Established in May 2006, the National Center for Safe Routes to School assists states and communities in enabling and encouraging children to safely walk and bicycle to school. The National Center serves as the information clearinghouse for the federal Safe Routes to School program.* The organization also provides technical support and resources and coordinates online registration efforts for U.S. Walk to School Day and facilitates worldwide promotion and participation.
Academic content standards for physical education in Ohio.
Get the latest information and ideas on physical activity for school age children from PE Central. Great for teachers, parents and students!

Public Health Links

The website provides general diabetes information, food and fitness tips and tips for living with diabetes. You may visit this site to find the Quick Reference Emergency Plan and the Helping the Student with Diabetes Succeed Guide for School Personnel. provides health and safety information to individuals interested in health issues, public health professionals, health care providers, researchers and scientists, partners, policy makers, media, business, students and educators.
Find out about programs offered through Community Health Partners for physical activity, nutrition, tobacco prevention/cessation and more by clicking on the "Our Health Services" tab on the left side tool bar. is a community-specific website that provides users with unmatched resources to learn about or get involved in the issues, organizations and events that make-up our community.
No matter which county you visit, you can find people who are helped by the four major OSU Extension program areas: family and consumer sciences, 4-H youth development, community development, and agriculture and natural resources. Extension provides practical advice, sensible solutions, and realistic down-to-earth answers for ALL Ohioans.
View the homepage for the Ohio Department of Education to learn more about public schools in Ohio.
Information, resources and services related to the health and safety of Ohio's schoolchildren and the creation of environments where students can learn.
The mission of the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is to protect and improve the health of all Ohioans. View their homepage here for more information.
Information on the Organizational Structure, Directories and Maps, Doing Business with, Mission and Overview, and ODJFS Best Practices

Screening Programs

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association is committed to ensuring that all people with speech, language, and hearing disorders receive services to help them communicate effectively.
The mission of the Ohio Optometric Association is to promote high quality optometric care for the residents of Ohio, preserve and advance the profession of optometry, serve as an advocate for our patients and members, and serve as the principal resource for public health information regarding the eyes and vision.


This site gives information on epilepsy and provides guidance for living with epilepsy. It also has links to brochures, videos and handouts.

Student Health Information

The emergency guidelines are meant to serve as basic what-to-do-in-an-emergency information for school staff without nursing or medical training when the school nurse is not available. It is strongly recommended that staff who are in a position to provide first aid to students complete an approved first aid and CPR course. In order to perform CPR safely and effectively, skills should be practiced in the presence of a trained instructor. The EGS have been created as recommended procedures. It is not the intent of the EGS to supersede or make invalid any laws or rules established by a school system, a school board or the State of Ohio. Please consult your school nurse if you have questions about any of the recommendations.
Rx for Understanding is a set of standards-based teaching materials (lesson plans and accompanying resources) for use with students in grades 5-8 that are aligned to the National Health Education Standards and the Common Core Standards.
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse developed this site as a one-stop resource for comprehensive research-based information on issues related to alcohol abuse and binge drinking among college students, with online tools for parents, students, administrators and more.
Tips for parents to help their children have a happy and healthy school year.

Teen Driver Safety

Listen to and use this PSA to promote Parents who Host, Lose the Most in your school, community, or workplace.
This resource provides the letter of introduction for a packet of information about a co-signers rights and responsibilities.
This factsheet contains facts about underage alcohol use from the Parents Who Host Lose the Most campaign.
The curfew schedule in this document applies to the following jurisdictions: Brownhelm Township, Penfield Township, Sheffield Township, Eaton Township, Grafton Township, Huntington Township, and Amherst Township.
This document provides tips for parents with teens to prevent alcohol, drug, and tobacco use. Is your teen throwing a party? Going to Party? These are tips you will want to read.
Have a teenager getting their driver's license? View Ohio Revised Code 4507.071 to learn more about Probationary License Restrictions and Violations in Ohio.
Use this sample newsletter or website article to provide information to parents regarding teenage drinking. Parents Who Host, Lose the Most.
Read Ohio Revise Code 4507.07 for information on an Application of minor for license or permit - signature of adult - liability.
Read this factsheet to learn more about underage drinking laws and consequences, as well as what you can do as a parent to prevent underage drinking.

Traffic Safety

In 2009, Ohio experienced 298,657 crashes. And of these crashes 74,191 resulted in either injury or death. Often times in a crash it is important that an emergency contact or next of kin can be located due to death or injury that may have occurred. In 2008, Ohio became on of the first states to make a next of kin registration process available.

Any holder of a valid Ohio driver license, commercial driver license, temporary permit or state of Ohio Identification card has the option of providing the name and information of a contact person they wish to be notified in the event the individual is involved in a crash or emergency and is otherwise unable to communicate with the contact person.

For additional information on Next of Kin Registration, visit

Walking Maps

Walking and Biking Safety

View this document for information on making safer streets and play places for your child.
This resource provides some tips for parents to help their kids 5 to 10 years old walk and bike safety.
Read this document for more information on keeping your child safe while walking or riding a bike.

Wellness Network Presentations

This site is a toolkit for workplace health promotion and protection professionals. Use this site to learn about how to design, implement, and evaluate effective workplace health programs.