Coordinated School Health
Coordinated school health is about keeping students healthy over time, reinforcing positive health behaviors throughout the school day, and making it clear that good health and learning go hand in hand. The Health Department’s coordinated school health program staff is trained to provide technical assistance with a variety of health education curricula and programming. In addition, the Health Department can provide technical assistance with the implementation of Kentucky instruction documents, including Core Content for Assessment and Program of Studies.
Incentive fund process
Dental sealant program
Fluoride varnish program
Resources for Education to Achieve Coordinated Health Team (REACH)
Incentive Fund Process
The Health Department awards incentive funds to local schools in Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton counties to make school health policy and environmental changes improve the health of Northern Kentucky students and staff. Call 859.341.4264 for more information.
- Healthy Challenge:An annual program offered to elementary schools in March for National Nutrition Month promoting the importance of eating five servings of fruits and vegetables or more every day, as well as other healthy habits. Learn more.
- Take 10 curriculum A research-based classroom physical activity program for elementary schools (incorporating 10 minutes of physical activity into the classroom). Health Department staff can provide training for classroom teachers. For more information, please call 859.341.4264.
- Fit Classrooms Web site provides a resource to the community (with the main audience being schools) to learn how area schools are working to build healthier students and school environments.
- KY Fit Kids:A six-week nutrition education and obesity prevention program for fourth grade students that meets meets the core content requirements for practical living. KY Fit Kids targets lifestyle habits that contribute to weight gain and uses hands-on approaches to teach children the difference between high-fat and low-fat foods. For more information, please contact Monica Smith.
- Stepping Into Action is a pedometer-based walking program and is available to school faculty and staff. This eight to 10- week program gives foundational tools to jumpstart a lifestyle walking program. Participants use a pedometer to record walking statistics in a daily log. In addition, staff may receive prizes for active participation. For more information, please contact Kelly Schwegman.
Dental sealant program
Schools with at least 35 percent of their students on free or reduced lunch qualify for this program. A volunteer dentist examines student’s teeth and then a dental hygienist and a dental assistant from the Health Department place protective dental sealants on the molars of children in the second and sixth grades, provide dental cleanings, and apply fluoride to strengthen the teeth. If tooth decay is found, students are referred to a dentist and the school nurse, family resource center and the Health Department follows up. A strong oral health education curriculum is taught alongside the program. For more information on the sealant program, please read the fact sheet or contact Linda Poynter (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Fluoride varnish program
Fluoride treatments are used to strengthen tooth enamel and prevent cavities. The Health Department began the fluoride varnish program in 2003 by training all nurses to apply the varnish in the health centers. The program has expanded into all area Head Start facilities and several area elementary and preschools where Public Health Dental Hygienists apply the varnish on children up through age 6. Fluoride varnish can be applied two to four times a year or more frequently if the child is at higher risk of tooth decay. For more information on the fluoride varnish program, please read the fact sheet or contact Linda Poynter.
Resources for Education to Achieve Coordinated School Health Team (REACH)
REACH is a coalition of school representatives and professional organizations that link people with resources to achieve and maintain a healthier community through coordinated school health. By focusing on training, exchanging ideas and information, increasing access to services and advocating, members promote coordinated school health. For more information, call 859.341.4264.
- Life Skills Training Program: A science-based program for students in grades 3-8, Life Skills targets the primary causes of substance use and is proven to reduce tobacco, alcohol and other drug use. For more information, call 859.341.4264.
- Alternative to Suspension Tobacco Programs for Students: This is a positive alternative to suspension for those caught using tobacco on school property or at school events. For more information, call 859.341.4264.
- NOT (Not on Tobacco): NOT is a nine-session program which explores gender issues that are part of smoking cessation. The sessions are delivered to males and females separately. It explores withdrawal, quit tips and relapse prevention. For more information, call 859.341.4264.
- obacco Cessation for Students – Tobacco Awareness Program (TAP): This is an eight-session program that provides information, opportunities for self assessment and challenging weekly assignments to help students stop using tobacco. For more information, call 859.341.4264.
- Tobacco education curricula: The Health Department can provide technical assistance to educators implementing the following tobacco education or substance abuse curricula: All Stars Program, Growing Healthy, Know Your Body, LifeSkills, Project Alert, Teenage Health Teaching Modules and Project Towards NO Tobacco Use. For more information, call 859.341.4264.
- Bike racks: The Health Department is working with TANK, the Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky, to place bike racks on all TANK buses in an effort to promote being physically active. Once the funding is approved, an education and marketing campaign will accompany the new racks. For more information, call 859.341.4264.
- Safe Routes to School is a national program to encourage more children to walk and bike to school. Studies have shown that walking or biking to school gives children a sense of freedom and responsibility, and students who walk or bike to school are more alert when they arrive at school. Allowing students to walk or bike to school can also assist in decreasing youth obesity by helping children get the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity. Several local school districts are implementing Safe Routes to School programs. For more information, call 859.341.4264.