Coordinated School Health
Good health and learning go hand in hand. The Health Department works with Northern Kentucky school leaders to make schools more conducive to health through policy, systems and environmental changes. Some examples of collaboration in the area of school health include:
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. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 organization provides funding opportunities for school health:
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 email@example.com.
About the challenge
Produce Man’s Healthy Challenge is a school-wide campaign appropriate for elementary schools (Pre-K through 8th grade students) and includes school staff as well.
During the week-long challenge, students and staff use a tracking chart to reach a goal of eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables plus getting in 30 minutes of exercise daily.
Winning students, staff and classes at each participating school win prizes and compete for grand prize funding awarded to schools.
Approximately 30 public and private schools throughout Northern Kentucky participate annually.
National Nutrition Month
A variety of local businesses support the Healthy Challenge each year through donations.
For more information, please contact Monica Smith firstname.lastname@example.org or 859-363-2114.