PANT (Physical Activity, Nutrition and Tobacco)

Published: 1/30/2014 8:49 AM

Physical activity, nutrition and tobacco (PANT) related behaviors play a major role in the health of many Kentuckians. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP), these three modifiable risk factors contribute to nearly seventy percent of the cardiovascular diseases and conditions throughout our Commonwealth.


​While many of these diseases occur in the adult population, data indicates Kentucky's children and youth begin to develop habits and behaviors that may lead to these problems as well. For example, regular physical activity in childhood and adolescence improves strength and endurance, helps build healthy bones and muscles, helps weight control, reduces anxiety and stress, increases self-esteem, and may improve blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Positive experiences with physical activity at a young age help lay the foundation for being active regularly throughout life. Likewise, sound nutritional practices at this age are important for proper growth and development and can help prevent health problems such as obesity, dental caries, and iron deficiency. Finally, the choice of a tobacco-free lifestyle for youth is critical. Approximately 80% of tobacco use occurs for the first time among young people less than 18 years of age in the United States. Being able to handle peer pressure, stress, and social influences without the use of addictive drugs will likely increase one's quality and quantity of life. By making positive lifestyle choices and behaviors in PANT today, Kentucky's youth can be healthy, productive citizens tomorrow.

SB 172 - Local Wellness Policy Implementation – A number of resources for districts and schools to guide implementation of the amendments to 702 KAR 6:090 are provided on the KDE website. These resources include the Elementary and Middle/High School Health Index that can be used for assessment of the physical activity environment; examples of Physical activity status logs and model local school wellness policies. In addition you may also find the complete Senate Bill 172 and Section 204 of the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004. In both of these documents you will note wellness policies that relate to nutrition and physical activity.

Have you ever wondered how to incorporate physical activity into the regular instructional school day? Explore how one Kentucky elementary school generates student enthusiasm, promotes physical activity and reinforces curriculum concepts all at the same time. Students at Strode Station elementary in Clark County demonstrate that learning can be fun while teachers address multiple learning styles and core content areas with the Take 10 Program.

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View a collection of school health grant opportunities compiled by the Coordinated School Heath effort.
School Health Index - Edition III - Now Available!
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Division of Adolescent and School Health, is pleased to announce the release of the third edition of the School Health Index: A Self-Assessment and Planning Guide. This version of the School Health Index will enable schools to address their policies and programs related to safety (unintentional injury and violence prevention) in addition to the physical activity, nutrition, and tobacco-free lifestyle issues addressed in the previous editions.

In addition to the new printed edition, an online version of the School Health Index can be found at This web-based version will allow you to select only those topics (physical activity, nutrition, tobacco use, or safety) your school is interested in and print a customized score card and discussion questions.

The School Health Index is designed for use at both the elementary and middle/high school levels. It was developed to provide schools with a tool to assess their policies and programs in relation to the recommendations of CDC school health guidelines. The School Health Index can help schools: (1) identify strengths and weaknesses; (2) prioritize actions for improvement; and (3) develop a team approach to implementing school guidelines recommendations.
YRBSS Report (Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System)

Visit the Center Disease for Control's website to read about this national survey and view on-line results data for bi-annual surveys.

Physical Activity and Nutrition Integration Resources
In the past several months, KDE staff has identified resources that combine various core content areas (i.e., math, science, social studies, language arts) with improved health and physical education knowledge and skills.
Jamie Sparks
Office of Next-Generation Learners
Division of Program Standards
500 Mero Street, 19th Floor CPT
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-2106
Fax (502) 564-9848