Health cropedChildren learn best when they are healthy and safe

Today’s students face serious threats:

  • 1 in 4 report being bullied during the school year
  • 1 in 3 children are overweight or obese


Here are some helpful tools for your PTA/PTSA healthy and safe programs.

Health & Safety Programs & Event Links

Health and Safety

Healthy Smart Snacks for PTA Activities

Family Resources

Consumer Safety & Product Recalls

Chartwell’s Farm to Table Program

The Top Mental Health Challenges Facing Students

DCPS Wellness Policy

The new Smart Snacks Policy goes into effect July 1, 2015.  Find out how this policy will affect your PTA with the following resources:

Fr om the DCPS Health & Wellness Department: Smart Snacks Rule – FAQ

Smart Snacks in Schools Resources – including a Smart Snacks Product Calculator

Alliance for a Healthier America – including another  Smart Snack Product Calculator

Duval County Council PTA provides information on many Health and Safety programs available in the Jacksonville Community. Many agencies are speakers at our General Meetings, others are participants at our annual Health & Safety Fairs.

School, Health & Safety, Resources and Links

Here is a wealth of information and links that will assist Health & Safety Chair in planning PTA programs.  School, Health & Safety, Resources and Links

Health & Safety Resources  October 26, 2015

Healthy Food Florida is an organization addressing the problem of “Food Deserts” in our communities, their impact on the health of residents and contribute to rising healthcare costs, and how reducing food deserts would impact the lives of Floridians. There is a FL House Bill and matching FL Senate bill proposing the creation of Healthy Food Financing Initiatives to encourage grocers to open more stores in low- and middle-income neighborhoods.

If you would like more information about the Healthy Food Florida group or would like to help write letters to the legislature, etc. please contact April Seliga at

Here’s a map of the Food Deserts in Jacksonville.

Jacksonville Food Deserts

Healthy Food FL FACT SHEET

Healthy Food FL Voices

Proposed HFFL Bill HB 153

Proposed SB 760

A Message from Chartwell’s regarding Cumin and Peanut Allergies March 11, 2015

The FDA recently issued a consumer alert to people who are highly allergic or sensitive to peanuts, advising these individuals to avoid products that contain ground cumin or cumin powder, because some shipments of these products have tested positive for undeclared peanut protein. The target of this advisory is strictly peanut-allergic individuals. In this case, there is no risk to the general population in consuming ground cumin/cumin powder, and products containing this ingredient.

This advisory will impact Chartwells schools since cumin is a common ingredient used in recipes as well as a sub-ingredient in other prepared products we purchase. We take the health and allergies of all of our students very seriously, and are taking the necessary precautions to ensure students with peanut allergies are not exposed to potential allergens. Since it is not possible to determine which products containing cumin have been contaminated, we are removing all cumin-containing recipes and ingredients from menus for all Duval schools labeled as peanut-allergic schools. For any meals prepared for other students with documented peanut allergies, we are ensuring all recipes and products served to these students do not contain cumin ingredients. We are continuing to monitor the situation and we will continue the above precautions until we are assured cumin ingredients are safe to serve to peanut-allergic students.