Coordinated School Health
Coordinated School Health
Coordinator - Laurie Stanton, MS, RD
931-388-8403 | ext. 8145
MCPS Coordinated School Health is funded by a grant from the State of Tennessee.
Components of a Comprehensive School Health Program
A Coordinated Approach
Coordinated School Health (CSH) is an effective system designed to connect health (physical, emotional, and social) with education. This coordinated approach improves students' health and their capacity to learn through the support of families, communities, and schools working together. 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.
Healthy School Environment - The physical, emotional, and social climate of the school. Designed to provide a safe physical plant, as well as a healthy and supportive environment that fosters learning.
Comprehensive Health Education - Classroom instruction that addresses physical, mental, emotional, and social dimensions of health; develops health knowledge, attitudes, and skills; and is tailored to each age level. Designed to motivate and assist students to maintain and improve their health, prevent disease, and reduce health-related risk behaviors.
Physical Education/Physical Activity at School - Planned sequential instruction that promotes lifelong physical activity. Designed to develop basic movement skills, sports skills, and physical fitness as well as to enhance mental, social, and emotional abilities.
School Nutrition Services - Integration of nutritious, affordable, and appealing meals; nutrition education; and an environment that promotes healthy eating behaviors for all children. Designed to maximize each child's education and health potential for a lifetime.
School Health Services - Preventive services, education, emergency care, referral, and management of acute and chronic health conditions. Designed to promote the health of students, identify and prevent health problems and injuries, and ensure care for students.
School Counseling, Psychological & Social Services - Activities that focus on cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and social needs of individuals, groups, and families. Designed to prevent and address problems, facilitate positive learning and healthy behavior, and enhance healthy development.
Health Promotion for Staff - Assessment, education, and fitness activities for school faculty and staff. Designed to maintain and improve the health and well-being of school staff, who serve as role models for students.
Family and Community Involvement in School Health - Partnerships among schools, families, community groups, and individuals. Designed to share and maximize resources and expertise in addressing the healthy development of children, youth, and their families.