Coordinated School Health
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognizes the strong link between a student's health and their academic success. Since the 1980s, the CDC has recommended coordinated school health as a strategy for improving students' health and learning in school. Schools cannot achieve their primary mission of education if students are not healthy. Additional information, from the CDC, can be accessed here.
There are 8 components to coordinated school health: health education; physical education; health services; nutrition services; counseling, psychological, and social services; healthy and safe school environment; health promotion for staff; and family/community involvement.
In order for schools to implement a coordinated school health program, they should start with an assessment. The CDC recommends use of the School Health Index, which can be accessed here.
The tabs below address components of coordinated school health not available on other pages of this website.
Additional Resources
Quick & Easy Guide to School Wellness
Developing and adopting a school wellness program does not have to be overwhelming. It is a process that can be accomplished in steps or phases, with positive results. This guide is a multi-media how-to guide filled with comprehensive information, practical advice, tools and resources to help you take action. To access this guide, click here.
2013/14 Healthy Champions Campaign
April 24, 2014- Move it Outside
For more information and planning suggestions for these events, click here.
CDC Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program (CSPAP) Webinar- Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 8:00 - 9:00 AM- This webinar will provide information on how to move it outside this Spring while developing your CSPAP in the following areas: 1) Physical activity during the school day; 2) Physical activity before and after school and 3) Family and community engagement. To Register, click here. 
2013 CDC Prevention Status Reports (PSR)
The Prevention Status Reports highlight- for all 50 states and the District of Columbia- the status of public health policies and practices designed to prevent or reduce important public health problems. These reports include the following which pertain to children and teens: Motor Vehicle Injuries; Food Safety; Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity; Heart Disease and Stroke; Teen Pregnancy; HIV and Tobacco Use. These reports can be found at:
Educational Opportunities
NEW! Public Health: Start Here. Penn State Public Health Day Symposium. Friday, May 9, 2014, 1:00-5:00pm.  National Civil War Museum Harrisburg.
Public Health Day is being held to provide students and community stakeholders with a professional networking experience and to highlight best practices in research and public health practice. The event is free.  To register for this event, click here.
NEW! SAVE THE DATE.  Pennsylvania Annual Suicide Prevention Conference, October 15-16, 2014. Ramada Inn, 1450 South Atherton St., State College, PA. For questions, contact 717-885-9161 or
NEW! Making it Happen: Overcoming Barriers to Increasing Physical Activity and Physical Education in Schools. May 13, 2014 from 3:00 - 4:00pm. In recognition of the one year anniversary of the release of the IOM report, Educating the Student Body: Taking Physical Activity and Physical Education to School, this webinar will review the recommendations of the report and ways that schools across the country are working to implement physical activity programs. The webinar will consider barriers to implementation faced by schools and highlight ways in which they are working to overcome these obstacles. Registration is required. For those unable to attend, the webinar will be recorded. To access the report, click here. To register for the webinar, click here. Questions should be directed to the Institute of Medicine at 202-334-3913 or
Healthy People eLearning Lessons
This online education resource is designed to help students and health professionals learn how to reach our Nation's health goals. All educational offerings feature a case study of a community working to achieve Healthy People 2020 objectives. To access these trainings, click here.
Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK)
 AFHK offers several series (Parent Leadership, Fuel Up to Play 60 and School Nutrition Programs, Policies and Practices) to assist schools, parents and communities to work collaboratively to improve policy and practices related to school nutrition and physical activity. To access these trainings, click here.
Parent Leadership Series: How to Work with Schools and School Wellness Policies 101. 60 minutes archived webinar. To access, click the above link.
Grant Opportunities
Farm to School Grants
Deadline: April 30, 2014. Grants assist eligible entities in implementing farm to school programs that improve access to local foods in eligible schools. For more information, click here.
Action for Healthy Kids: School Grants for Healthy Kids
Deadline: May 2, 2014. Around 1,000 schools will be awarded funds ranging from $500 to $5,000 to support school breakfast and physical activity programs. For more information, click here.
Walmart's Community Grant Program
Deadline: December 31, 2014. Grants of $250 to $2,500 available for hunger relief and healthy eating programs. For more information, click here.
Education, Community, and Health/Medicine Grants
The Foundation's current interests in the area of Health/Medicine include programs that promote the health and well-being of children and  programs that promote access to health services. Award amounts vary but average approximately $25,000. Deadline: Rolling. For more information and to apply for this funding, click here.
Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)
The YRBS is one component of the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) developed by the CDC in collaboration with representatives from state and local departments of education and health, other federal agencies, and national education and health organizations. The YRBSS was designed to assess risk behaviors among youth and their change over time. These risk factors include: injuries and violence; tobacco use; drug and alcohol use; sexual behavior; dietary behavior and physical activity. YRBS data is available by clicking here.
Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)
BRFSS is an annual telephone survey implemented nationwide under a grant from the CDC. Since 1989, the Pennsylvania Department of Health has released annual reporst using BRFSS data on various health risk behaviors, such as smoking, drinking, seat bealt usage and health status. BRFSS data is available by clicking here.
School Health Profiles (Profiles)
Sponsored by the CDC, Profiles is a system of surveys assessing school health policies and practices in states, large urban school districts, territories, and tribal governments. Profiles surveys are conducted every 2 years among middle and high school principals and lead health education teachers. Profiles monitors the status of: school health education requirements and content; physical education and physical activity; school health policies; asthma management activities; family and community involvement; and school health coordination. For more information or to access the latest data, click here.
Updated: April 22, 2014
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Nutrition Services
Staff Wellness
Wellness Policies