Strong4Life School Nurse Program

The Strong4Life School Nurse program offers nurses and clinic assistants the know-how and skills to promote healthy habits for students and the school community.

Overview

School nurses and clinic assistants can access free training on a variety of topics related to obesity prevention and creating a healthy school environment. Trainings are offered at select events around the state, and live webinars are provided in partnership with the Georgia Department of Education. Strong4Life also developed fun resources to support classroom education and to provide easy tips and tricks to promote good nutrition and physical activity during the school day and beyond.

Key benefits

Key benefits for school nurses and clinic assistants include:

  • Free training to support students developing healthy habits in an effort to help prevent childhood obesity
  • Learning effective communication and education techniques to help school nurses motivate students, parents and school staff to adopt the Strong4Life Healthy Habits
  • Free lesson plans and videos to support classroom education; and tip sheets for promoting healthy habits at school activities
  • Continuing education credits for training participation (for nurses only)

Ongoing support

Any Georgia-based school nurse or clinic assistant has access to a Strong4Life dietitian who specializes in promoting healthy habits in the school environment. For nutrition questions, guidance on how to address pediatric weight management concerns, and more information on community resources to support healthy habits, contact our registered dietitians at Strong4LifeSchools@choa.org.

In addition to our live trainings, you can access archived webinars, which are also approved for continuing education credits. Current webinars include:

All webinars are available on the Georgia Department of Education School Nurse Exchange (scroll down to "Webinars and Handouts" on the right):

  • Food Marketing, Media Literacy and Student Health discusses how marketing practices that promote less healthy food and beverage choices pose a significant risk to student health and well-being. Participants will learn how media and marketing can affect eating behaviors- for better and for worse. We will also discuss strategies to promote student health and well-being, and minimize the negative effects of food marketing.

These continuing nursing education activities are provided by Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Alabama State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Resources

Check out our healthy habits community resources. You will find activity ideas and short video clips for educating kids, handouts for parents, tips for planning healthy concession stands, and more.

For additional clinical resources, visit School Health Resources. Children’s works closely with the school health community throughout the state to provide them with educational materials, training and support.

Share your selfies

Any school nurse or clinic assistant who submits a photo promoting or educating on the healthy habits will receive a free Strong4Life branded item. Upload your pictures here and keep an eye out for some of our favorites on the website. Need ideas? Check out our Wellness Resources.