Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child

It is easier to create healthy behaviors when we are young than to try to correct unhealthy behavior when we become adults. Schools and care givers play an important role in teaching healthy habits to the youth of the world. We want them to establish long term and life long healthy patterns.

The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model expands on the eight elements of CDC’s coordinated school health approach.
-Health Education: Comprehensive school health education includes courses of study (curricula) for students in pre-K through grade 12 that address a variety of topics such as alcohol and other drug use and abuse, healthy eating/nutrition, mental and emotional health, personal health and wellness, physical activity, safety and injury prevention, sexual health, tobacco use, and violence prevention.
-Physical Education: A quality physical education program sucessfully teaches the skills and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of healthy physical activity.
-Health Services: Services are designed to provide and promote optimum sanitary conditions for a safe school environment.
-Nutrition Services: Schools should provide access to a variety of nutritious and appealing meals that accommodate the health and nutrition needs of all students.
-Counseling, Psychological, and Social Services: These services are provided to improve students’ mental, emotional, and social health and include individual and group assessments, interventions, and referrals.
-Healthy and Safe School Environment: Temperature, noise, and lighting create the psychosocial environment that controls the physical, emotional, and social conditions affecting the well-being of students and staff.
-Health Promotion for Staff: Schools can provide opportunities for school staff members to improve their health status through activities such as health assessments, health education, and health-related fitness activities.
-Family/Community Involvement: Schools actively solicit parent involvement and engage community resources and services to respond more effectively to the health-related needs of students.

The education, public health, and school health sectors have each called for greater alignment, integration, and collaboration between education and health to improve each child’s cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development. Public health and education serve the same children, often in the same settings. The WSCC focuses on the child to align the common goals of both sectors. The expanded model integrates the eight components of a coordinated school health (CSH) program with the tenets of a whole child approach to education.