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Coordinated School Health

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has defined what it calls a “Coordinated School Health Program” consisting of eight interactive components: 


  1. Health Education – a curriculum designed to motivate and assist students to maintain and improve their health, prevent disease and reduce health-related risk behaviors 

  2. Physical Education – a curriculum that promotes optimum physical, mental, emotional and social development through activities that can be pursued lifelong 

  3. Health Services – services provided for students to appraise, protect and promote health 

  4. Nutrition Services – access to a variety of nutritious and appealing meals that accommodate the health and nutrition needs of all students and serve as a living laboratory for nutrition and health education 

  5. Counseling and Psychological Services – services provided to improve students’ mental, emotional and social health 

  6. Healthy School Environment – access to healthy physical and aesthetic surroundings and a psychosocial climate and culture that are positive and promote well-being 

  7. Health Promotion for Staff – opportunities for school staff to improve their health status and encouragement to pursue a healthy lifestyle 

  8. Family/Community Involvement – active solicitation of parents and community resources and services to provide an integrated school, parent and community approach for enhancing the health and well-being of students