At School

LiveWell At School helps create learning environments that support healthy eating and active living. The initiative supports schools to ensure fresh healthy food is served in cafeterias, fewer unhealthy food options are available, and that children engage in more physical activity.LiveWell At School and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation recognize local schools making strides in creating healthy school policies and cultures. In 2019, 28 schools were recognized for implementing 219 PSEs that impact more than 24,000 students and 2000 staff.

In conjunction with Greenville County Schools’ Coordinated School Health Advisory Council, LW at School is working to pass a district wide policy to eliminate the use of physical activity as punishment

LiveWell Greenville, Furman University, College of Charleston, and Greenville County Schools are collaborating to explore the Youth Obesity Data, collected via Fitnessgram to serve as an impact measure as well as a means of identifying targeted community neighborhoods for future interventions.

For more information or to become involved in the LiveWell At School, please contact Margaret Stephens at

Is your school ready to be recognized at The Wellies: LiveWell Greenville’s Third Annual Recognition Celebration?
LiveWell Greenville partners with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s (AHG) Healthy Schools Program to celebrate local schools that complete the AHG Healthy Schools Assessment and Action Plan. See which schools were recognized at the 2019 Wellies!
Start or update your Healthy School’s Assessment today to qualify for recognition at The Wellies! Completing this assessment also helps your school meet USDA and SC Dept of Ed Local Wellness Policy requirements.
The deadline for Wellies recognition is May 30, 2020.

Next Steps:

  1. Go to your Healthy Schools Program Dashboard
  2. Click “Healthy Schools Assessment” on the left side of the page or below “Assessments” in the center of page.
  3. Answer each item to the best of your knowledge (each can be updated at any time) and save your answers.
  4. Next, click on “Action Plan” on the left side of the page and select one or more items that are not being fully implemented to address. (You may also add items to your action plan as you are answering the questions by clicking on “Add to Action Plan” at the end of the item above “Save”.)
  5. Celebrate your accomplishments as a LiveWell Healthy School at The Wellies in Fall 2020!

LiveWell Greenville Schools Best Practices
The LiveWell Greenville Best Practices for School Wellness are based on the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program Framework of Best Practices, and are designed to assist your school in strengthening health and wellness efforts.

Alliance for a Healthier Generation
The Alliance was founded by the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation as a response to the growing rate of childhood obesity. The goal of this national organization is to create healthy changes that build upon one another and create a system, a nation, that makes the healthy choice the easy choice.  The Alliance offers a host of school wellness resources.

Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Smart Snack Calculator is an interactive on-line tool that determines if a product meets the “Smart Snack” guidelines.

Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Smart Snacks Navigator is an extensive on-line list of products that meet the “Smart Snack” guidelines.

Healthy School Infographic
This useful graphic describes the many ways that LiveWell at School partners work to create a culture of health where Greenville’s youth learn.  From the cafeteria, to the playground, and on the way home, discover steps that your school can take to make the healthy choice the easy choice in schools.

Wellness Team Resources
An active, engaged wellness team is critical to the success of a school wellness effort. This resource includes tips for building at team that is equipped to make decisions and move the school towards healthy decisions.

Healthy Snack Resources
Snack suggestions for classrooms, parties or other events with children.  This guide also includes links to other websites with nutritious snacks and treats.

Healthy Celebration Resources
This useful resource includes practical tips and ideas designed for PTAs, room parents and other volunteers that planning classroom and school celebrations.

Classroom Movement Resources
Schools cannot leave the physical activity requirements up to only the Physical Education teachers.  This document includes practical tips for including more movement in the classroom such as brain breaks, active learning or other activities that can be easily incorporated in the classroom.

Healthy Class Reward Resources
Marlene Schwartz (Yale University) says, “Rewarding children with unhealthy foods in schools undermines our ability to teach them about good nutrition.”  This resource includes examples of healthier alternatives to candy and other junk foods to reward students in the classroom.

Healthy Student Reward Resources
This resource re-frames old standards for rewarding classrooms for their achievements. Instead of pizza and candy, alternatives like extra recess, dance parties, and special time are provided for teachers and volunteers.

Healthy Fundraiser Resources
Great ideas and tips to reinforce the healthy habits encouraged in school with healthy fundraisers.

Healthy Concession and Vending Resources
This document includes tips and menu suggestions for school vending and concessions stands. This guide provides practical tips, menu items, and general guidelines for those supplying concessions stands.

Healthy School Store Resources
A practical resource for those stocking schools stores. The guide focuses on meeting or exceeding the nutritional guidelines set out by the USDA for healthy foods in schools.

Staff Wellness Resources
Having a healthy staff is part of creating a culture of wellness at school. School personnel who make healthy choices themselves are more likely to advocate for nutrition and physical activity for their students. This resource includes tips and ideas to help promote staff wellness.

Safe Routes to School
Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a growing movement across the US that brings together parents, schools, and community leaders to encourage students, including those with disabilities, to walk and bike to school. SRTS activities and resources focus on improving walking and biking conditions around schools while building healthy habits and safety skills.

LiveWell Schools Snack Guide
Snack suggestions for classrooms, parties or other events with children.  This guide also includes links to other websites with nutritious snacks and treats.

Wellness Event Planner
Healthy students learn better! Healthy school environments promote student health! This toolkit provides schools, families, and community members with information about hosting an effective and enjoyable Wellness Event specific to the target audience.

Health Fair Planning – Community Resources/Partners

Health Fair Timeline & Checklist

Wellness Event Success Stories Examples

LiveWell Greenville partners with Greenville County Schools and Alliance for a Healthier Generation to support local efforts to improve healthy eating and active living in Greenville County Schools.

Key Partners

Greenville County Schools

Alliance for a Healthier Generation

LiveWell Greenville places an emphasis on evaluation all community-based projects with the goal of developing and implementing best practices in each of our community settings. To learn more about our collaborative, multi-university evaluation team that engages researchers from multiple Social and Behavioral Health disciplines and please click here. Click here to see LiveWell School’s Logic Model.

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