Building a Healthy School


Building a Healthy School


Introduction

Florida’s CSHP assists schools wishing to promote and support use of the eight component model of Coordinated School Health. The model is designed to address issues of student health and academic success.  For further information on the CSH approach, visit the CSH website.

Teams formed at schools to promote the CSH approach are often called Healthy School Teams or Wellness Teams. The Healthy School Coordinator works with schools across the state to provide technical assistance in developing and enhancing these teams.

Healthy School Tools

Florida Healthy School Activities Database

A searchable database was developed to showcase what schools across the state of Florida are doing to promote the health of students, staff, and community. Its intention is also to provide encouragement for other schools to develop their own successes. Wondering what other schools are doing in your county? Users are able to search the database by county, school, coordinated school health component, and/or audience.

Florida’s CSHP would love to see what you are doing in your school and district to promote school health. To submit your school’s success story, please fill out the Success Story template.

To enter the Florida Healthy School Activities Database, click on the following link:
Health Activities Database

School Health Index Tool

School Health Index Trainings (Word, 26KB)
Coordinated School Health staff is offering free trainings to districts interested in having their schools complete the School Health Index.

Would you like to get a snapshot picture of where your school stands related to the eight component areas of school health? This tool, developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), enables schools to identify strengths and weaknesses of their health and safety policies and programs. There is growing recognition of the relationship between health and academic performance, and your school’s results from using the SHI can help your school include health promotion activities in your overall School Improvement Plan.

The SHI has two activities that are to be completed by teams from your school: the eight self-assessment modules and a planning for improvement process. The self-assessment process involves members of your school community coming together to discuss what your school is already doing to promote good health and to identify your strengths and weaknesses. The SHI allows you to assess the extent to which your school implements the types of policies and practices recommended by CDC in its research-based guidelines for school health and safety policies and programs.

The CDC provides the SHI tool at no charge to interested parties. In addition, their website offers training manuals and presentations for your use. For further information on the SHI, visit the CDC’s website or contact Florida’s CSHP at .

Introductory 30-minute PowerPoint presentation