Coordinated School Health

Coordinated School Health Coordinator
Laurie Stanton, MS, RD

931-388-8403 | ext. 8145
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Components of a Comprehensive School Health Program
A Coordinated Approach

Coordinated School Health (CSH)is an effective system designed to connect health (physical, emotional and social) with education. This coordinated approach improves students' health and their capacity to learn through the support of families,communities and schools working together. The CSH approach consists of eight major components.  By definition, all Coordinated School Health components work together to improve the lives of students and their families. _______________________________________________________________ 

Healthy School Environment- The physical,emotional, and social climate of the school. Designed to provide a safe physical plant, as well as a healthy and supportive environment that fosters learning.

Activities- Five schools have implemented School Wide Positive Behavior Support or(PBS).  All 12 schools continue to have a School Resource Officer on site everyday.  All schools update their school level crisis plans and drills annually.  Currently, eight schools have AEDs. By the end of the 2011-2012 school year, there will be at least one in all schools.

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Comprehensive Health Education - Classroom instruction that addresses physical,mental, emotional, and social dimensions of health; develops health knowledge, attitudes, and skills; and is tailored to each age level.Designed to motivate and assist students to maintain and improve their health, prevent disease, and reduce health-related risk behaviors.

Activities- Kindergarten through fourth grade received new Health Education materials fall of 2011.  These materials are being implemented by Physical Education teachers and School Counselors.  Abstinence education curriculum was delivered to approximately 1,280 7th and 9th graders during the 2010-2011 school year.  D.A.R.E. is taught to all 5th grade students. Many students are CPR trained through the school system each year.

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Physical Education/Physical Activity at School- Planned sequential instruction that promotes lifelong physical activity. Designed to develop basic movement skills, sports skills, and physical fitness as well as to enhance mental, social, and emotional abilities.

Activities- All students are required to get 90 minutes per week of physical activity during the school day. K-5 teachers use TAKE 10! to incorporate physical activity into their lessons. Many schools participate in Jump Rope for Heart through the American Heart Association. All of our schools have Healthy School Teams to promote physical activity at school

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School Nutrition Services:Integration of nutritious, affordable, and appealing meals; nutrition education; and an environment that promotes healthy eating behaviors for all children. Designed to maximize each child's education and health potential for a lifetime.

Activities-We have increased use of whole grain breads and pastas. Salads now contain a mix of both iceberg and a darker green such as romaine,spinach, or spring mix blend. Water is now available to all students during lunch.  We have greatly increased offerings of steamed fresh vegetables.  We have reduced the use of salt and increased the use of other seasonings to add flavor. Fresh fruits and vegetables are offered daily at all schools.  Schools are now baking items that used to be fried. All milk choices are 1% or less fat content.

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School Health Services: Preventive services, education, emergency care, referral, and management of acute and chronic health conditions. Designed to promote the health ofstudents, identify and prevent health problems and injuries, and ensure care for students.

Activities- Seven nurses serve our school system and are responsible for administering care plans for students with specific health needs. Starting in the 2011-2012 school year, all students in K, 2, 4, 6, and8th grade will be given a health screening for height, weight, hearing,vision, and blood pressure (unless otherwise opted out by written parent request).  Ninth grade is screened for height, weight, and blood pressure. For school year 2010-2011 2,756 students were given a health screening; 336 were referred to a physician for vision, hearing, or blood pressure concerns. The Health Department continues to visit schools for dental sealants.

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School Counseling, Psychological & Social Services:Activities that focus on cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and social needs of individuals, groups, and families. Designed to prevent and address problems, facilitate positive learning and healthy behavior, and enhance healthy development.

Activities- Each of our schools have a least one school counselor overseeing a variety of emotional, social, and academic/career planning programs.Middle school counselors deliver the Cowboy Up suicide prevention program to all 7th graders, Centerstone School Based services continues to work in the majority of our 21 schools, many schools have peer mentoring and peer mediation programs.

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Health Promotion for Staff:Assessment, education, and fitness activities for school faculty and staff. Designed to maintain and improve the health and well being of school staff, who serve as role models for students.

Activities- During the 2010-2011 school year, 130 staff members participated in a six week Staff Wellness Challenge.  This will be offered again this school year.  Various free seminars on health issues that are provided at Maury Regional Hospital are promoted for staff such as seminars on diabetes and smoking cessation. Corporate partnership benefits with the YMCA available to all employees.

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Family and Community Involvement in School Health:Partnerships among schools, families, community groups, and individuals.Designed to share and maximize resources and expertise in addressing the healthy development of children, youth, and their families.

Activities- Through partnerships with Maury Regional Hospital and the UT Extension Office, a parent nutrition education outreach program was created. Five to ten parents consistently volunteer to help during health screenings. In the 2010-2011 school year, approximately 735parents/guardians/families were involved in school health efforts.

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