Health and academic performance
A strong relationship exists between a young person’s health and academic performance. Health related factors, from hunger to chronic illness, have a great impact on a student’s performance, and health-risk behaviors including violence, substance abuse and physical inactivity have been linked to lower attendance rates, poor grades and more. Likewise, academic success is a solid indicator of a student’s overall wellbeing and a predictor of healthy adulthood. With this in mind, we believe students benefit both inside and outside the classroom when health programs are embedded in our schools.
What is Coordinated School Health?
Coordinated School Health is a comprehensive model for improving student health, wellbeing and safety. It includes the following eight components:
- Health education
- Physical education
- Health services
- Nutrition services
- Counseling, psychological and social services
- Healthy and safe school environment
- Health promotion for staff
- Family/community involvement
Because school health policies have resulted from an array of federal, state and local mandates, schools can end up with a patchwork health program. Coordinated school health is a systematic approach that helps eliminate gaps and redundancies, build partnerships and focus on helping students engage in healthy behaviors and make healthy choices.
Our school partnerships
The Lincoln Trail District Health Department works will local school districts to develop Coordinated School Health plans. Participating schools complete a self-assessment, identifying their strengths and areas for improvement. Our staff then assists in the development and implementation of practices that will increase healthy behaviors.
We lend our expertise, resources and preventative mindset, striving to help our schools develop the most effective programs possible. This process covers the entire spectrum of school health. Are children rewarded with candy? How much physical activity is offered each day? Is there an Automatic External Defibrillator in the building? Do children see their teachers, who are role models, engaged in healthy behaviors?
Participating schools include Elizabethtown Independent Schools, Hardin County Schools, LaRue County Schools, Meade County Schools, Bardstown Independent Schools and Nelson County Schools.