Health and Wellbeing

NMOST understands health and wellbeing as broad categories that encompass physical and mental health. In addition to information and activities about nutrition and physical activity, this page also contains resources about preparing for an emergency, and anti-bullying resources.



Trauma Informed Care

Adverse Community Experiences and Resilience PDF
A framework for addressing and preventing community trauma: Many communities are working to prevent violence and promote community safety and, through comprehensive, multi-sector actions, are making progress.

Supporting Students with Chronic Trauma PDF
De-escalation strategies can help prevent students' emotional outbursts, and aid them and their peers in finding calm after one: 

The Future of Healing PDF
Shifting from Trauma Informed Care to Healing Centered Engagement


Addiction and Drug Abuse

Teenage Drug Abuse - A Guide for Parents and Educators
Teenagers and young adults are especially vulnerable to substance abuse and getting addicted. Early intervention by parents, family, and educators can go a long way. However, many parents get confused when they learn their kids are using drugs and have no clue how to proceed. If you or anyone close to you is having trouble with a struggling teen, this guide has everything you need to know. Go to the AddictionResource site


Strengthening Physical Activity and Nutrition Programs in Afterschool
Childhood obesity is a growing national concern – with afterschool and summer learning programs leading the way in reversing this trend! This webinar will introduce the afterschool and summer learning field to the Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Standards in Out of School Time, the first-ever comprehensive national nutrition and physical activity standards for K-12 out-of-school programs, and Healthy Kids Out of School, an initiative that offers resources to provide healthy foods and increase physical activity. Guest speakers will also discuss how to take advantage of funding through USDA child nutrition programs. Read More

Afterschool: Key to Health and Wellness for Pre- teens and Teens. Afterschool Alliance (2010) 
As middle school students gain independence, they often phase out of organized sports or old interests. Many of these students don't have other opportunities for regular physical activity, especially if they are left unsupervised afterschool. Further, many of these youth are gaining access to cigarettes, alcohol and other substances for the first time. This MetLife Issue Brief shows how afterschool programs provide a place for youth to be physically active, while teaching them to make positive choices for themselves. Read More

Alliance for a Healthier Generation: Out-of-School Time
Out-of-school time settings are the places where kids spend their time before and after school, during school breaks, and over the summer. These are prime environments where youth can be encouraged to eat healthier and move more. Out-of-school time providers across the country are already supporting the healthy development of young people. To build on these efforts, we use our knowledge and experience to give staff the most comprehensive support to increase healthy eating and physical activity. Read More

The Effectiveness of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Food Research and Action Center (April 2015)
“The Effectiveness of SNAP: The Latest Research on Participant Characteristics and Program Impacts,” which focuses on the characteristics and circumstances of SNAP participants, and emerging evidence of SNAP’s effectiveness in reducing food insecurity and improving health. The second section of the issue – on NEW RESEARCH – highlights eight recent studies related to food insecurity, including those addressing mental health, child health, and material needs. Read More

New Mexico Health Statistics
The New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey (YRRS) is a tool to assess the health risk behaviors and resiliency (protective) factors of New Mexico high school and middle school students. The YRRS is part of the national CDC Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), but the survey results have widespread benefits for New Mexico at the state, county, and school district levels. Topic areas include risk behaviors related to alcohol and drug use, unintentional injury, violence, suicidal ideation and attempts, tobacco use, sexual activity, physical activity, and nutrition; resiliency (protective) factors such as relationships in the family, school, community, and with peers; and health status issues such as body weight and asthma.

YRRS Reports by county

Office of School and Adolescent Health (OSAH)
OSAH the office of the New Mexico Department of Health that works to improve student and adolescent health through integrated school-based or school-linked health services. OSAH also engages in adolescent health promotion and disease prevention activities directly and through collaboration with public and private agencies across New Mexico. OSAH staff guide policy development on school and adolescent health issues and are involved in workforce development and training's for those providing services to New Mexico youth. Read more

State Demographics

  • NM Student Nutrition Bureau  Read More
  • NM Coordinated School Health and Wellness Bureau  Read More

NM Kids Count Data Center. Annie E. Casey Foundation (2016)
In this website you can explore a variety of indicators that can be broken down by county and also compared to other states. You can also generate your own individualized reports using indicators that you select across categories. © 2016 The Annie E. Casey Foundation. Read More


Wellbeing at School and at Home in New Mexico (WASH NM)
The faculty and students of the Department of Individual, Family and Community Education in the College of Education and Human Sciences at the University of New Mexico would like to offer to all New Mexicans thoughts, ideas, and resources from ourselves and our areas of study and work -- counseling, educational psychology, family & child studies, and nutrition -- to enlighten, soften, and aid the COVID-19-related transitions. We intend to make this offering monthly, each with a theme relevant to our times. Read More

Lessons Learned from School Crises and Emergencies. U.S. Department of Education (2010)
However, many schools and school districts overlook the need to include these after-school programs in their emergency management planning efforts, even though youths and adults are still present on campus after school, and even though a crisis event may just as easily occur after school as during the school day. After-school programs may also present unique considerations for emergency management planning, including the likelihood for paraprofessionals, older youths, or college students who are not otherwise affiliated with the school to be the persons in charge (e.g., as coaches, arts directors, club staff, custodians, etc.) instead of teachers or administrators. Read More

Stop Bullying. Connecticut Afterschool Network (2016)
The definition of bullying is, “the use of superior strength or influence to intimidate (someone), typically to force him or her to do what one wants“. Based on this definition it seems like everyone has been bullied.  When it affects our own children that’s when we tend to need it to be stopped in its tracks.  This blog post links to a program that can be integrated in to the school day and into OST programs. Read More

Tips, Articles, and Advice on Bullying. Kids Activities (2014)
Bullying is the conscious desire to hurt, exclude, or put someone else down to make you feel better. Bullying can be in looks, actions or words. Bullying is not a joke. It is unacceptable. Each person/student has the right to feel safe, happy, and wanted. Bullying could include being ignored constantly; being excluded from the group; having rumors spread about you; being made fun of. Learn more at: Read More

National Bullying Prevention Center. Pacer (2016)
2016 is the National Bullying Prevention Center’s 10th anniversary of working with schools and communities to prevent bullying. See what students, and communities can do to prevent bullying. Read More

Get Active – Be Healthy Afterschool Tool Kit. Afterschool Alliance & Quaker Oats
The Afterschool Alliance has teamed up with Quaker® Oats to create the "Get Active: Be Healthy Afterschool Toolkit". The guide provides creative, easy-to-implement ideas for incorporating health and wellness into your afterschool program, including lesson plans, activities and games. Read More

Comprehensive Summer Learning Guide Now Available. California School Board Association (2013)
With the new Summer Learning and Wellness Resource Guide, you may now plan ahead for the next summer's learning programs. This resource, featuring previously published articles, a planning timeline, case studies are more, provides guiding tools for school boards to facilitate educational learning opportunities.To access the guide. Read More

SNAP ED Obesity Prevention Toolkit. USDA (2016)
SNAP-Ed Strategies and Interventions: An Obesity Prevention Toolkit for States Evidence-based Policy and Environmental Change in Child Care, School, Community, and Family Settings. Read More

Youth Physical Activity Guidelines and Toolkit. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2008)
Despite the many health benefits associated with regular physical activity, many children and adolescents do not participate in physical activity for 60 minutes or more each day. To promote the guidelines and support youth physical activity, CDC and several partner organizations developed the Youth Physical Activity Guidelines Toolkit, which highlights strategies that schools, families, and communities can use to support youth physical activity. Multiple downloads and order form for Free physical copies at: Read More

NM Standards and Benchmarks. Dairy MAX (2016)
See the Dairy MAX website for information and materials on mapping lessons to NM Standards and Benchmarks: Read More

Child Nutrition. Afterschool Alliance
Afterschool programs can - and do - play an important role in providing children access to nutritious meals. Read More


Program Activities

For suggestions on activities to support Health and Wellbeing in your after school program, visit our program activities page on Physical Fitness/Nutrition.



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