Where to Go for More: Resources for Wellness and the Mind-Body Connection

Unnatural Causes
Unnatural Causes is a seven-part documentary on health equity that aired on PBS in March 2008 and is available on DVD. The documentary’s episodes provide a nuanced grounding in a wide variety of issues that affect the health of individuals, communities, and the United States. Unnatural Causes’ accompanying website provides a wealth of supporting material: transcripts, video clips, episode descriptions, curriculum guides, action toolkits to support activism around environmental and health justice, an extensive guide to aligned organizations, and Spanish-language transcripts and other material.

Unnatural Causes
c/o California Newsreel
500 Third Street, Suite 505
San Francisco, California 94107
telephone: 415.284.7800
e-mail: contact@newsreel.org

Healthy Schools, Healthy Youth
This site from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) covers a broad range of topics related to youth, health, and schools, including health and academics, school health program evaluation, school and community health assessment, material for building youth health programs, school nutrition information, and more. Additional CDC resources provide a huge array of health and wellness material suitable for youth and adults interested in investigating issues and planning ways to incorporate wellness into schools and other programs for young people and their communities.

Healthy Schools, Healthy Youth
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
telephone: 800.CDC.INFO (800.232.4636)
email: cdcinfo@cdc.gov

Rethinking School Lunch
Especially in schools with high percentages of students who receive universal free breakfast and free and reduced lunch, the importance of that food to children’s well-being cannot be underestimated. For schools and school systems committed to transforming the essential resource of food in schools into a more vibrant, delicious, and effective support for physical health, academic achievement, and overall well-being, Rethinking School Lunch is a deeply thoughtful collection of resources based on Berkeley, California’s School Lunch Initiative. The program is an integrated systems approach covering food policy, curriculum integration, food and health, finances, facilities design, the dining experience, professional development, procurement, waste management, and marketing and communications. Don’t miss the Wellness Policy Guide, which helps schools and school systems plan frameworks for wellness.

Rethinking School Lunch
Center for Ecoliteracy
2528 San Pablo Avenue
Berkeley, California 94702
email: info@ecoliteracy.org

The National School Board Association’s School Health Programs
The National School Board Association’s School Health Programs provides policymakers with information, technical assistance, and professional development on a variety of school health issues. Individuals seeking to influence school health policies will find resources for learning more about and assessing strategies to deal with challenges to youth wellness. The site’s “101 packets” provide useful overviews, and links to related resources which allow youth or adult researchers to go more deeply. The Health Newsfeed is a collection of articles on various health, prevention, and wellness issues.

School Health Programs
National School Boards Association
1680 Duke Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314
telephone: 703.838.6722
email: schoolhealth@nsba.org

The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools
The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools’ online resources provide information on youth health issues with guidance on organizational and financing challenges that health and education officials confront in building school health services and health promotion programs. Highlighting key issues such as the health needs of immigrant and refugee children, school drug testing, children’s health insurance, school lunches, HPV vaccinations, eating disorders, and scoliosis screening, the Center’s offerings include an email listserv, newsletter, journal, grant alerts, papers and presentations, and much more.

The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools
School of Public Health and Health Services
The George Washington University
2121 K Street NW, Suite 250, Washington, DC 20037
telephone: 202.466.3396
email: chhcs@gwu.edu