Socorro Independent School District is committed to advancing student academic performance by promoting, practicing and coordinating school health education and services for the benefit and well-being of students. The Coordinated School Health Committee will aid students in establishing healthy behaviors designed to last their lifetime.
An Introduction to Coordinated School Health
Establishing healthy behaviors during childhood is more effective than trying to change unhealthy behaviors during adulthood.
The health of our children does not depend on major medical breakthroughs, but rather on the everyday practice of good health habits.
CSH addresses the needs of the whole child by aiming to provide a healthy environment along with a wide range of other activities to provide for the academic success and the development of healthy behaviors that last a lifetime.
What are the Components of Coordinated School Health?
- Health Education: A planned, sequential, K-12 curriculum that addresses the physical, mental, emotional and social dimensions of health that is taught by well qualified and trained teachers. The curriculum is designed to motivate and assist students to maintain and improve their health, prevent disease, and reduce health-related risk behaviors. It allows students to develop and demonstrate increasingly sophisticated health-related knowledge, attitudes, skills, and practices. The comprehensive health education curriculum includes a variety of topics such as:
- Personal Health
- Family Health
- Community Health
- Consumer Health
- Mental Health
- Sexuality Education
- Injury Prevention and Safety
- Prevention and Control of Disease
- Environmental Health
- Substance Abuse Prevention
- Physical Education: A planned, sequential K-12 curriculum that provides cognitive content and learning experiences in a variety of activity areas such as basic movement skills; physical fitness; rhythms and dance; games; team, dual, and individual sports; tumbling and gymnastics; and aquatics. Quality physical education should promote, through a variety of planned physical activities, each student"s optimum physical, mental, emotional, and social development, and should promote activities and sports that all students enjoy and can pursue throughout their lives. Qualified teachers teach “best practice” physical activity. National Association for Sports and Physical Education (NASPE) recommends the following best practice for optimum movement in physical education classes for children throughout the entire class time: all children in each physical education class, engaging in moderate to vigorous physical activity at least 50% of the time.
- Health Services: Services provided for students to appraise, protect, and promote health. These services are designed to ensure access or referral to primary health care services or both, foster appropriate use of primary health care services, prevent and control communicable disease and other health problems, provide emergency care for illness or injury, promote and provide optimum sanitary conditions for a safe school facility and school environment, and provide educational and counseling opportunities for promoting and maintaining individual, family, and community health. Qualified professionals such as physicians, nurses, dentists, health educators, and other allied health personnel provide these services.
- Nutrition Services: Access to a variety of nutritious and appealing meals that accommodate the health and nutrition needs of all students. School nutrition programs reflect the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans and other criteria to achieve nutrition integrity. The school nutrition services offer students a learning laboratory for classroom nutrition and health education, and serve as a resource for linkages with nutrition-related community services. Qualified child nutrition professionals provide these services.
- Counseling and Psychological Services: Services provided to improve students" mental, emotional, and social health. These services include individual and group assessments, interventions, and referrals. Organizational assessment and consultation skills of counselors and psychologists contribute not only to the health of students but also to the health of the school environment. Professionals such as certified school counselors, psychologists, and social workers provide these services.
- Healthy School Environment: The physical and aesthetic surroundings and the psychosocial climate and culture of the school. Factors that influence the physical environment include the school building and the area surrounding it, any biological or chemical agents that are detrimental to health, and physical conditions such as temperature, noise, and lighting. The psychological environment includes the physical, emotional, and social conditions that affect the well-being of students and staff.
- Health Promotion for Staff: Opportunities for school staff to improve their health status through activities such as health assessments, health education and health-related fitness activities. These opportunities encourage school staff to pursue a healthy lifestyle that contributes to their improved health status, improved morale, and a greater personal commitment to the school"s overall coordinated health program. This personal commitment often transfers into greater commitment to the health of students and creates positive role modeling. Health promotion activities have improved productivity, decreased absenteeism, and reduced health insurance costs.
- Family/Community Involvement: An integrated school, parent, and community approach for enhancing the health and well-being of students. School health advisory councils, coalitions, and broadly based constituencies for school health can build support for school health program efforts. Schools actively solicit parent involvement and engage community resources and services to respond more effectively to the health-related needs of students.
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Provides free publications on a variety of health and safety topics.
- School Employee Wellness
This site will help schools, aschool districts and states develop and support the implementation of school employee wellness programs that promote employee health, improve workforce productivity and reduce the costs of employee absenteeism and health care.
- Action for Healthy Kids
We are a national nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing the epidemic of overweight, undernourished and sedentary youth by focusing on changes in schools. We are a national nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing the epidemic of overweight, undernourished and sedentary youth by focusing on changes in schools.
- Alliance for a Healthier Generation
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation is a partnership between the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation. We have come together to fight one of our nation"s leading health threats – childhood obesity.