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Title: School Health Councils: A Key To Success for School Wellness


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School Health Councils A Key To Success for
School Wellness
  • Presented by
  • Christine Philley, CFCS
  • School Health Adminstrator
  • Dale Dieckman, ATC, CSCS
  • Physical Education Specialist

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So Someone Told You That You Had to Have a
School Health Council?
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Coordinated School Health
Health Education
Physical Education
Family/CommunityInvolvement
Health Services
Health Promotionfor Staff
Nutrition Services
Counseling,Psychological, Social Services
Healthy SchoolEnvironment
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School Health Councils
  • www.healthyschoolsms.org
  • Click on Resources Tab
  • Mississippi Department of Education
  • Office of Healthy Schools

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Improving School Health A Guide to
Effective School Health Councils
Office of Healthy Schools
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Building Support for School Health
School
District
Community
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Must Have
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  • Never doubt that a small
  • group of committed people
  • can change the world.
  • Indeed, it is the only thing
  • that ever has.
  • Margaret Mead

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WHAT is a SHC?
  • A School Health Council (SHC) is an advisory
    group composed of committed individuals from both
    the school and the community. The group works
    together to provide guidance and leadership to
    the school on all aspects of the school health
    program.

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WHO are SHC members?
  • People with a passion for kids and health
  • People who can commit time and energy
  • Key influencers in the community and
    school
  • Representatives of all parts of the community
  • People with a wide variety of backgrounds
    and expertise

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Potential SHC Members
  • Parents
  • Teachers
  • Students
  • School staff
  • Health care providers (MD, PA, RN, NP, DDS, RD)
  • Business/industry representatives
  • Community leaders
  • Government officials
  • Extension staff
  • Social service agencies
  • Attorneys and law enforcement officials
  • Clergy
  • College/university personnel
  • Media

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Tips for retaining SHC Members
  • Work to insure that SHC members are
  • Invested in the vision and mission of the SHC
  • Part of the decision making process and
    implementation plan
  • Seeing positive changes from their involvement
  • Recognized for their efforts and accomplishments

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WHAT does a SHC do?
  • Advocates for healthy kids and
    healthy schools
  • Plans programs and projects
  • Searches for resources (money, people and
    materials)
  • Coordinates with district and state agencies
  • Insures evaluation, accountability, and quality
    control

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  • Coming together is a beginning
    keeping together is progress
    working together is success.
  • Henry Ford

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What makes a SHC meeting work?
  • Regular meeting schedule
  • Timely meeting reminders
  • Punctual start and end times
  • Planned agenda
  • Healthful refreshments
  • Positive environment
  • Appropriate follow-up

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Creating an Agenda
  • Make it easy to understand.
  • Send copies of the agenda to members prior to the
    meeting.
  • Allow time for networking for council members

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Elements of an Agenda
  • Opening remarks
  • Introductions
  • Review the councils work since the last meeting.
  • Reports from school personnel on programs and
    activities.
  • Discussion of future projects.
  • Review of meeting and setting the next agenda.

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Topics for SHC meetings
  • Initial agenda items
  • Make the organizational purpose clear
  • Conduct training for members
  • Conduct health needs assessment
  • Subsequent agenda items
  • Develop plans based upon results of ongoing needs
    assessment
  • Carry out proposed plans and monitor progress
  • Establish regular reporting to school board and
    community health council

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CDCs School Health Index A Self-Assessment and
Planning Guidehttp//www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/sh
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What is the Purpose of the School Health Index?
  • Enables schools to identify strengths and
    weaknesses of health promotion policies and
    programs.
  • Enables schools to develop an action plan for
    improving student health.
  • Engages teachers, parents, students, and the
    community in promoting health-enhancing behaviors
    and better health.

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Health Topics in the SHI (4th edition)
  • Physical activity
  • Nutrition
  • Tobacco-use prevention
  • Safety (unintentional injury and violence
    prevention)
  • Asthma

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What SHI Is and What SHI Is NOT
Self-assessment and planning tool
Research or evaluation tool
Educational and community-organizing process
Tool to audit or punish school staff
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What SHI Is and What SHI Is NOT
Identifies low-cost or no-cost changes
Requires expensive changes
Focused, reasonable, and user-friendly experience
Long, bureaucratic, and painful process
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Steps to Implement the SHI
  • Assemble the SHI team
  • Conduct the SHI introduction meeting
  • Complete the Self-Assessment Modules
  • Conduct an SHI planning meeting

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SHI Format
  • Two separate versions
  • Elementary School
  • Middle School/High School

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SHI Format continued.
  • Self-Assessment 8 modules corresponding to
    Coordinated School Health Program Model
  • Planning Planning for Improvement section

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Modules CSHP Components
  • School Health and Safety Policies and
    Environment
  • Health Education
  • Physical Education and Other Physical Activity
    Programs
  • Nutrition Services
  • School Health Services
  • School Counseling, Psychological, and Social
    Services
  • Family and Community Involvement
  • Health Promotion for Staff

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Planning for Improvement
  • 4 Steps for Improvement Planning
  • Complete the Overall Score Card
  • Complete the School Health Index Improvement
    Plan.
  • Implement Recommendations
  • Re-assess annually and strive for continuous
    improvement.

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WHAT are the benefits of a SHC?
  • Increase family and community involvement in
    schools
  • Educate the community about current school and
    health issues
  • Share information about healthy kids and healthy
    schools
  • Link schools with health resources in the
    community and state

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Benefits continued.
  • Create ways to improve school health policies and
    programs
  • Provide a range of advice and perspectives on
    health issues
  • Foster cooperation by building trust and
    consensus among grassroots organizations,
    community segments and diverse citizens

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Operating Guidelines for School Health Councils
  • Should meet a minimum of three times per school
    year.
  • Should maintain accurate minutes for the meeting
    to document the recommendations and topics of
    each meeting.
  • Should make at least one annual presentation to
    the local school board to approve any revisions
    to the local school wellness policy, identify
    successes and make recommendation for policy
    development.

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  • School
  • Success Stories

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Amory School District
  • Amory Middle School adopted a policy that allows
    students to drink water in the classroom - so
    they are properly hydrated and ready to learn.

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Columbus School District
  • All schools have completely removed deep fryers
    as part of their overall commitment toward
    healthier food preparation.

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Jackson Public School District
  • Van Winkle Elementary
  • Students met with the Food Service Director to
    make suggestions on healthy choices for the
    school lunch program.

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MS School for the Blind
  • Adjusted class schedules for students to
    participate in physical activity before lunch.
    Also implemented a water hydration policy.

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Ocean Springs School District
  • N. E. Taconi Elem.
  • The SHC purchased posters depicting a healthy
    lifestyle and proper nutrition. These were
    posted in the school cafeteria.

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Brookhaven School District
  • Alexander Junior High offers intramural
    basketball and volleyball, as well as walking,
    aerobics, and dance activities before school each
    day.

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Grenada School District
  • Grenada Middle School began a morning exercise
    routine via school-wide telecasting - with
    students standing beside their desks in
    classrooms.

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Gulfport School District
  • Pass Road Elementary students have daily
    FANtastic Movement Moments - 5 minutes of
    physical activity to help them be more alert and
    able to focus in class.

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Petal School District
  • W.L. Smith Elementary teachers worked with
    students to set personal goals for a healthier
    lifestyle - and helped them monitor their weekly
    progress.

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Clarksdale School District
  • Schools now have Physical Education
    teachers to provide PE classes for all students.

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GREAT NEWS New initiatives!
  • Implementation of MS Healthy Students Act
  • Health In Action website for educators
  • Nutrition In Action for food service directors
    and educators
  • Regional trainings in Health and Physical
    Education
  • Health Institutes for teachers
  • Grants to purchase PE equipment
  • 10 NEW Bower Network Schools!

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What Do I Do Now?
  • Ask about your schools Health Council.
  • Volunteer to serve on the Council.
  • Call the Office of Healthy Schools for assistance
    601-359-1737

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Resources for Success
  • For more information
  • 601-359-1737
  • www.healthyschoolsms.org
  • Mississippi Department of Education
  • Office of Healthy Schools
  • P.O. Box 771
  • Jackson, MS 39205

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