Healthy Schools Initiative
South Carolina Healthy Schools is a collaborative effort between the South Carolina Department of Education and the SC Department of Health and Control, funded by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Adolescent and School Health (CDC DASH). This initiative focuses on improving the culture and climate of schools and the academic achievement of children and adolescents by promoting strategies, programs and services that encourage positive healthful behaviors. A healthy school and community are committed and aware of the importance of all aspects of good health and the connection health has with one’s ability to learn and be productive. A healthy school is a vital part of a healthy community. Teachers, principals, and superintendents work with students, parents, community health and human service agencies, other state agencies, and businesses to create a safe, supportive environment for students to learn healthy lifestyles, healthy choices, healthy habits, and be academically successful.
Activities of this initiative include:
- Presentation of formal awards to schools that achieve healthy school status.
- Facilitation, coordination and provision of training and technical assistance regarding school health.
- Bridging the gaps between schools and health-related agencies and organizations.
- Promotion of the use of innovative strategies to improve school nutrition, physical activity, and tobacco use prevention strategies to improve student health.
Healthy Schools support and promote an eight-component model that involves schools and communities working together to: improve health and physical education and physical activity; social and emotional and psychological health; nutritional choices and health services; staff wellness and health promotion; and a healthy and safe environment for students and staff. This model was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and addresses the most serious risk behaviors that affect our youth and the citizens of our state. This effort advocates for school, parent, and community involvement and collaboration around local child and adolescent health issues that place our children at risk for school failure, poor socialization, disability, poor health outcomes and chronic diseases later in life. We know that health risk behaviors that are established during early childhood and adolescence persist into adulthood. These behaviors are interrelated, and contribute simultaneously to poor health, education and social adjustment, outcomes, and most importantly - ARE PREVENTABLE.
For more information on the Case for Coordinated School Health and the 8 Components of School Health please visit: www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/cshp/case.htm