Health and Safety

Studies show that children’s physical and mental well-being have a significant effect on their long-term success. When children are well-rested, well-nourished, emotionally supported and physically fit, they are more ready to learn. The goal of PTA’s health and safety programming is to be a resource for PTA leaders in partnering with schools to create safe environments that encourage healthy, safe choices and social and emotional support for all students. National PTA health and safety programs include the following:

  • Healthy Lifestyles. Nearly one in three American children is overweight or obese. Children who are obese miss more school than others and risk devastating health problems such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer. PTA’s Healthy Lifestyles program provides family-centered education and tools to empower families to partner with schools and advocate for healthy changes around nutrition and physical activity, and to create an environment at home that supports the positive changes happening at school. National PTA partners with a number of organizations to connect you to the best resources and advocacy tools available to prevent childhood obesity. 
  • Healthy Habits Program. National PTA, National Education Association (NEA), and LYSOL have partnered to educate students and families about health and hygiene both in the classroom and at home.
  • Anaphylaxis: Be Aware, Prepared and Ready to Respond: A three-part video series is designed to help create a safer environment for children with severe allergies.
  • Safety at Home and at Play. National PTA partnered with Safe Kids Worldwide to develop a program guide, safety lessons and promotional tools.
  • Connect for Respect. Bullying can happen anywhere that young people gather, including online, via text and on social networks. Connect for Respect encourages local PTAs across the country to engage student leaders in the solution. Together, they lead conversations about how bullying is affecting their communities and develop collaborative solutions with educators, parents, concerned citizens, business leaders, advocates, and community members to build a healthier school climate, as well as more supportive student interactions.
  • Digital Safety & Citizenship. Technology is woven into every aspect of life- from learning and socializing, to gaming and shopping, the possibilities are endless. Broad access and use of technology opens up many opportunities for students- but it can also be difficult to navigate these online environments. This is why National PTA partnered with LifeLock to help parents start a dialogue about staying safe and positive online.