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
For Children: Become a Health Detective this Summer! 
This program, for school-age children includes hands-on learning activities to explore healthy behaviors and to promote wellness. Booklets can be picked up at the main hospital information desk at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center or downloaded here. To be a Health Detective: 1. Complete the activities in the booklet; 2. Complete the registration form and return it by August 1st. On Thursday, August 7th, from 4:00 - 6:00pm, there will be a celebration for all children and their families who have completed the activities and pledge.
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.
2014/15 Healthy Champions Campaign
The Healthy Champions Program assists schools with fostering an environment that supports children eating well and being physically active. Participants are recognized as Champions and are equipped with resources to promote good nutrition and active living to youth and families. For more information or to register, go to Enrollment is free.
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
Food Road Trip: Farm to Table, September 9, 2014. Penn Stater Conference Center, State College, PA.
Keynote will be Barbara Rolls, PhD, author of The Ultimate Volumetrics Diet. Breakout sessions will feature Penn State faculty and staff addressing food safety, food ingredients, and food products. Cost: $90 (lunch included). For more information contact: or 814-863-3447.
American School Health Association (ASHA)- Training Tools for Healthy Schools: Promoting Health and Academic Success
This recorded webinar will provide an overview of CDC's tools and resources available to schools and districts to help improve school health policies, programs, and curricula. Individuals will be able to apply the knowledge learned from this presentation to initiate health policies and curricula changes in their school or district. This webinar is free for ASHA members and available for $30 to non-members through the ASHA store. Click here to access this webinar.
Let's Move Pennsylvania Conference, October 8, 2014. Penn Stater Conference Center, State College, PA.
Penn State Extension proposes to join with First Lady, Michelle Obama's Let's Move! Initiative by offering a conference to assist Pennsylvanians with solving the challenge of childhood obesity so children will grow up healthier. Participants will find tools and information needed to promote healthy food, beverage, and physical activity environments in homes, schools, and communities for children. The cost is $99.00 if registered by September 15, 2014. To register or for more information, click here.
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
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
NEW! Healthy Living Grant Program
Sponsored by the American Medical Association, the Healthy Living Grant Program supports health education programs to develop school and community-based solutiosn to vehavioral health challenges. Grants of up to $8,000 are available to select applicants. Deadline to apply: September 9, 2014. For more information or to apply, click here.
2014 Community Health Grants
The Blue Ribbon Foundation of Northeastern Pennsylvania has been helping community-based nonprofits deliver education and prevention programs that address many of the health conditionst hat can impair quality of life and drive up health care costs. Deadline: October 10, 2014. For more information or to apply, 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: August 4, 2014
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