As I was researching healthy community initiatives I came across a very helpful document at http://dhs.wisconsin.gov/health/physicalactivity/pdf_files/WhatWorksSchoolsfinal.pdf. As childhood obesity continues to threaten the future of our country many commununity organizations are partnering with schools to make a difference. Programs aimed at increasing physical activity, improving school lunch programs, addressing the vending machine choices, and educating students on healthy lifestyle are increasing. An understanding of how to work within the school system is critical to the success of these programs. Visit the Wisconsin website for some great ideas.