FitClassrooms is designed to be a resource for Northern Kentucky schools with information on coordinated school health.
To create a healthy school, it takes a mix of policy, system and environmental changes.
The Health Department works with Northern Kentucky schools on school wellness policy change and offers technical assistance on school health environmental change. The program uses the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model, expanded from the coordinated school health approach. This child-centered model focuses on the school and community to address children’s health in schools.
School wellness policies
Schools should bring together a variety of stakeholders, including staff, parents, school board members and administrators in developing wellness policies which address the following four basic components:
- Nutrition education
- Physical activity
- Nutritional standards
- Other school-based activities
Resources for wellness policy development
WellSAT is an online tool created for schools and districts to assess the quality of their wellness policies, and offers personalized guidance and resources for making improvements based on assessment results.
School Health Index: Self-Assessment and Planning Guide is a tool that schools can use to identify their existing strengths and weaknesses, develop an action plan from improving health, and engage teachers, parents, students and the community in promoting health-enhancing behaviors and better health.
Health Department staff are available to assist schools with use of the WellSAT and/or School Health Index. Contact Thomas Sandford or call 859-363-2098.
REACH School Health Incentive Funds Project
Through the REACH School Health Incentive Funds project, schools work with the Health Department to create healthier environments with a focus on policy and environmental changes over a two-year period.
- Application deadline for the REACH project has passed, and we are no longer accepting applications.
Northern Kentucky’s work in this area has been featured in the following national publications:
- The Community Guide
- Local Health Department and School Partnerships: Working Together to Build Healthier Schools from the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors
The following organizations provide funding opportunities for school health:
- Center for Health and Health Care in Schools
- Alliance for a Healthier Generation
- Action for Healthy Kids
Resources for Teachers
Eat Healthy NKY
The Eat Healthy NKY Collaborative works to provide access to local and nutritious foods to all in Northern Kentucky. Partners include school personnel, farmers, parents, community members, etc.
For additional information, contact Monica Smith or call 859-363-2114.