Components of a Coordinated School Health Program
The Owen J. Roberts School District is dedicated to promoting the health and well-being of every child. While schools cannot be expected to solve the nation’s most pressing health and social problems, schools can serve as an essential facility in which people and agencies can work together to preserve and protect the well-being of our children. In keeping with these goals, our district follows guidelines from the coordinated school health program model formulated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The CDC model consists of eight interactive components:
- Health Education: A planned, sequential, K-12 curriculum that addresses the physical, mental, emotional, and social dimensions of health.
- Physical Education: A planned, sequential, K-12 curriculum that provides cognitive content and learning experiences in a variety of activity areas.
- Health Services: Services provided for students to appraise, protect, and promote health.
- Nutrition Services: Access to a variety of nutritious and appealing meals that accommodate the health and nutrition needs for all students.
- Counseling and Psychological Services: Services provided to improve students’ mental, emotional, and social health.
- Healthy School Environment: The physical and aesthetic surroundings and the psychosocial climate and culture of the school.
- Health Promotion for Staff: Opportunities for school staff to improve their health status through activities such as health assessments, health education, and health-related fitness activities.
- Family/Community Involvement: An integrated school, parent, and community approach for enhancing the health and well-being of students.