Healthy Schools

Welcome to the Healthy Schools webpage! Our Vision is "Florida's Children: Healthy, Fit and Ready to Learn." Healthy Schools encompasses two curriculum content areas: Health Education and Physical Education and the following projects; Statewide Online Tobacco Prevention Teacher Training; USF Healthy Schools HIV/STD, Teen Pregnancy Prevention and School-based Survey.

Healthy Schools fully embraces the eight-component Coordinated School Health (CSH) model. CSH approach is designed to address issues of student health and academic success at the state, district and school levels.

Eight Components of Coordinated School Health

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. Although these components are listed separately, it is their continuous merging that allows CSH to have significant impact.

Healthy School District Recognition

Florida's Coordinated School Health Partnership, Florida Association of District School Superintendents and Florida Action for Healthy Kids recognize 27 counties as Florida Healthy School Districts. Recognition is based on submission of the completed Florida Healthy School District (FHSD) Self-Assessment. Recognition is awarded for a period of two years. 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.

For more information visit the Building a Healthy District.

Florida Healthy School 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.

Florida's Sexual Health Education Community Outreach Tool Kit

Florida's Sexual Health Education Community Outreach Tool Kit (PDF) - Revised 2016

Child Human Trafficking chapter (PDF)

Staff Contact Information

Penny Taylor
Director, Office of Healthy Schools
Bureau of Standards and Instructional Support
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 444
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400
Phone: 850-245-9522

Nichole Wilder
Assistant Director/Physical Education Coordinator
Phone: 850-245-0813

Rikita Patel
Health Education Coordinator
Phone: 850-245-5056

Ksena Zipperer
HIV/AIDS Prevention Education Coordinator
Phone: 850-245-9952

Petricia Sailor
Contracts & Grants Specialist
Phone: 850-245-9322