Needs Assessment

Woman using checklist

Use these resources to determine what aspects of your local school wellness policy are working and what can be improved. Follow this important step before revising and implementing the policy.



School Health Index

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Michigan Healthy School Action Tools

Michigan Team Nutrition. Michigan Department of Education.


School Physical Activity Policy Assessment (S-PAPA) (PDF | 137.63 KB)

Active Living Research, a National Program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The School Physical Activity Policy Assessment (S-PAPA) assesses physical activity policy related to physical education, recess, and other physical activity opportunities at elementary schools. This tool is useful for assessing PA policies in elementary schools.


School Health Policy Database

National Association of State Boards of Education

Use this Web site to see each State’s health-related policies and requirements (beyond USDA requirements) for competitive foods, school meals, wellness policies, physical activity, student services, health promoting environment, and more.