2019 School Leaders Workshop and Resource Fair to Support Student Wellness

On October 3rd, Senator Linda Holmes (D-42), Representative Michelle Mussman (D-56), the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Public Health Institute co-hosted the 2019 School Leaders Workshop and Resource Fair to Support Student Wellness in Joliet, Illinois!

Note: This workshop will be presented in a webinar format on Monday, November 4th from 11:00am-12:00pm CST.

REGISTER HERE – One CPDU available. 



45 school leaders and public health partners gathered for a workshop and networking happy hour/resource fair.


District Superintendents and school Principals are in a position to prioritize student wellness and foster school environments that support health. The workshop highlighted research demonstrating a connection between proper nutrition, physical activity and fitness and improved academic, health and behavioral outcomes among students.

However,  many Illinois districts face challenges in implementing high-quality school health programming. To address these challenges, the workshop presented a series of case studies of districts and schools across Illinois implementing strategies to overcome these barriers and issues – from small practical changes that maximize movement opportunities to innovative budgeting/staffing approaches to increase physical education time or create cultures of wellness. Participants left with practical ideas for supporting student health and strengthening school health programming back in their districts!

A special thank you to Dr. Lisa Small, Associate Superintendent for Instruction, Township High School District 211, who came to present her district’s story – a mindset change to viewing P.E. as an opportunity to reach students through an integrated wellness program and the transformation they’ve seen as a result!

Partners from Advocate Children’s Hospital, the American Heart Association, the Great Joliet Area YMCA, the Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (IAHPERD), the Illinois Department of Public Health – Office of Health Promotion, Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies, the Illinois State Board of Education, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Will Grundy, Playworks Illinois, the University of Illinois Chicago – Division of Specialized Care for Children, the University of Illinois, SNAP- Ed Program and US Games participated in the Resource Fair.

Resource fair participants provided free adolescent suicide prevention, mental health, social emotional health, nutrition, health, physical education, recreation, youth engagement, and early care & education resources – thank you!

Supported by Voices for Healthy Kids, a joint initiative of the American Heart Association and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; and US Games