Health and Wellness
Advancing Health Equity
Like all public schools, integrating health and wellness practices in charter schools offers numerous benefits. Regular physical activity, nutritious meals, and access to mental health support contribute to stronger immune systems, increased energy levels, and improved concentration, all of which enhance academic performance. Moreover, promoting healthy habits from a young age instills lifelong patterns of self-care, equipping students with the knowledge and skills necessary for maintaining a balanced and fulfilling life.
Since 2013, the Colorado Health Foundation has generously supported the League to advance health equity at Colorado public charter schools. Our Healthy Charter School Initiative provides charters with increased access to funding opportunities, partnerships and technical assistance as well as training and professional development.
Focused on charters with 50% or more Free and Reduced Lunch, as well as those located in rural and under-resourced areas, this grant-funded project increases equitable access to school meals with better options as well as health services and resiliency support and training. To date, over 30 charter schools in Colorado have received health and wellness funding and two onsite, school-based health centers have opened their doors.
Healthy Schools Hub
To gain access to key health and wellness resources and current opportunities, we encourage charter schools to join The Hub, a website connecting PK-12 educators with each other, families and community partners to increase student success. Explore The Hub to share ideas and discover pathways to support the needs of the whole child.
Meet Our School Wellness Director
Serving as the League's School Wellness Director for member schools, Rainey Wikstrom has dedicated her career to advancing healthy schools across Colorado. She began as a parent advocate at her own children’s elementary school, a rewarding and prolific experience that led her to start connecting communities, funders, opportunities and resources in support of healthy schools. Since 2013, she has served as a champion for Colorado’s charters to ensure their equitable access to health and wellness opportunities.
We’re Here to Help
In addition to health and wellness, the League also offers assistance in the areas of academic services, board and governance, exceptional education, facilities and finance, enrollment and communications, HR and talent, and new school development.
Free Member School Services
The League offers a wide-variety of free services to all member schools, including:
- Ongoing access to information, best practices and crisis support.
- Learning Communities that bring together peers from across the state to discuss current topics in specific areas, including board and governance, leadership, new school development, marketing and more.
- A Resource Library with guidelines, samples, checklists, and on-demand webinars
- Access to our Member Marketplace
- Unlimited job postings on the League’s website
- League Staff Site Visits
Want to learn more? Email us today to start the conversation.