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Penny Taylor
Program Director
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 444
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400
Phone: 850-245-9522
In-State Toll-Free Phone: 1-866-312-6497
Fax: 850-245-5116


The Office of Healthy Schools

Welcome to the Office of Healthy Schools Web site! Our Vision is "Florida's Children: Healthy, Fit, and Ready to Learn." The Office of Healthy Schools fully embraces the eight-component Coordinated School Health (CSH) model. This Coordinated School Health approach is designed to address issues of student health and academic success on state, district, and school levels.

L essons that instill healthy behaviors: Comprehensive Health Education (including HIV/AIDS Prevention)
E xercise for strong and flexible bodies: Physical Education
A ppealing and healthy food choices: Nutrition Services
R eduction of illness and injury: Health Services
N urturing, safe, and supportive environment: Healthy School Environment
I ntegration of mind, emotion, and body: Counseling, Psychology, and Social Services
N etwork of health conscious staff modeling wellness for students: Health Promotion for Staff
G ood family and community relations: Family and Community Involvement

Training/Webinars

The Healthy Schools Summer Academy is June 9 - 10, 2014 at the University of Florida's Straughn Extension Center in Gainesville, Florida. This 5th annual event will commence with a child human trafficking keynote address.

The academy is a professional development opportunity for teachers of health education and physical education content with special emphasis on other subject area courses with integrated health education benchmarks. Teachers of English Language Arts and Science are encouraged to attend. Academy sessions will provide information and resources focusing on Florida standards, safe and supportive environments, physical activity, nutrition and health literacy.

Online registration is now open until Friday, April 4, 2014 at the academy registration.

Healthy District Recognition

Since 2009, Florida's Coordinated School Health Partnership and Florida Action for Healthy Kids have had the honor of recognizing twenty-seven Florida districts as Healthy School Districts. Recognition is based on submission of the completed Florida Healthy School District (FHSD) Self-Assessment. This recently updated instrument is designed to assess the status of policies and practices that support the highest levels of health and academic achievement for students and staff.

The self-assessment is based on the eight component areas of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Coordinated School Health (CSH) model. It focuses on district infrastructure, policy, programs, and practices identified from national and state guidelines, best practices, and Florida statutes. We all know that health and academic success are interrelated. This tool provides a method for districts to assess areas of success and opportunities for improvement. To complete a Healthy District Self-Assessment tool please go to the Safe Healthy Schools Florida website.

Recognition is awarded for a period of two years. If a bronze, silver, or gold level score is achieved, your district will be featured on the Healthy District website. Additionally, your district will be eligible to participate in the Healthy District Collaborative supported by the Florida Departments of Health and Education.

Regardless of whether you apply for recognition we would like to encourage your district team to complete the tool and use the self-assessment as an internal guide. Teams that completed the tool reported that the process improved their knowledge of standards, legislation, and best practices; and enhanced their ability to maximize resources and eliminate duplication.

Florida Healthy District Training website

The interactive training on this site will help you renew, refresh and reinvigorate your team's efforts to improve the health and wellness of students and staff in your district. The material is based on lessons learned and strategies developed as part of the 2011 Healthy School District Training - Using the Coordinated School Health (CSH) Approach. It provides an opportunity for district wellness policy committees and School Health Advisory Committees (SHACs) to create a solid foundation to implement CSH and enhance their wellness efforts.

Eight School Districts are Recognized as 2003-2015 Florida Healthy School Districts

The Florida Coordinated School Health Partnership, Florida Action for Healthy Kids, and Florida Association of District School Superintendents are proud to announce the 2013 - 2015 Florida Healthy School Districts. Leon, Orange, Osceola, Pinellas, and Sarasota County School Districts achieved gold level, Baker and St. Johns achieved silver level and Hamilton achieved the bronze level. The eight districts awarded this year, in addition to those awarded last year, bring the total number of Florida Healthy School Districts to 23. The Florida Healthy School District award is a two year designation. To preview all 23 district profiles, go to: http://www.healthydistrict.com/florida-healthy-school-districts/

Florida's Sexual Health Education Community Outreach Tool Kit

The Statewide Online Tobacco Prevention Teacher Training

For information, visit www.tobaccopreventiontraining.org.