School Health Index
Promoting healthy and safe behaviors among students is an important part of the fundamental mission of schools, which is to provide young people with the knowledge and skills they need to become healthy and productive adults. Improving student health and safety can:
The School Health Index is a self-assessment and planning guide developed by the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (CDC) that enables us to:
Results from using the School Health Index can help schools include health promotion activities in their overall School Improvement Plan. There is growing recognition of the relationship between health and academic performance (we knew that a long time ago!!), and completing the School Health Index will become one of our school's important educational activities.
The School Health Index focuses on how schools can promote:
These topics were chosen because CDC has developed guidelines for schools on addressing each of them and because these health behaviors can play a critical role in preventing the leading causes of death, disability, and illness.
Kernville Union School District completed their first School Health Index in 2002 and used the results to make changes and adjustments to the school/educational environment. A second School Health Index to reassess their progress was completed in 2004 and continues to identify the district's strengths and areas of improvement K.U.S.D. School Health Index . The School Health Index was completed for a third time in 2006 School Health Index 2006 . View the School Health Index Comparison Results between 2002, 2004, and 2006. The School Wellness Advisory Committee is the force behind developing a School Nutrition and Health Improvement Plan. The committee meets six times during the year and includes representatives from the communinity, K.U.S.D. students, parents, staff, and administration.
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