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.
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
March 17, 2014- Go for the Greens
April 24, 2014- Move it Outside
For more information and planning suggestions for these events, 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: www.cdc.gov/stltpublichealth/psr/
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.
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.
Updated: February 15, 2014