Coordinated School Health
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Coordinator: Melanie Douglas Assistant: Gennifer Leslie
Schools play a critical role in promoting the health and safety of students and helping them establish lifelong healthy behaviors. Research shows that school health programs can reduce the prevalence of health risk behaviors among young people and have a positive effect on academic performance. Tennessee leads the nation by providing a state-funded Coordinated School Health initiative in every school district. CSH is an effective approach designed to connect physical, emotional, and social health with learning; thus, improving children’s health and their capacity to learn through the support of families, communities and schools working together.
Eight components make up the CSH approach. These include: health education, health services, counseling, psychological and social services, nutrition, physical education and physical activity, school staff wellness, healthy school environment, and student, parent, and community involvement. The composite of all eight components allows Coordinated School Health to have a significant impact.
A Coordinated School Health Coordinator develops and sustains community/parent/students partnerships, strengthens school health policies, provides program evaluation, and engages in media relations and grant writing. In addition, the coordinator provides professional staff development based on the eight components of CSH.
Coordinated School Health encourages healthy lifestyles, provides needed support to at-risk students, and helps reduce the prevalence of health related problems that impair academic success. After all, research is clear; healthy students are better learners, better learners are more likely to graduate and graduates are more likely to become productive citizens.
The Lexington City School System partnered with the Henderson County School System for A Family Affair, an event offered free to our entire community to kick off the school year. Coordinated School Health organized many activities for the young and old alike. A health fair provided the opportunity for lab work, discussions with local pharmacies, chiropractors and physicians, as well as many activities for the youth of our community. Many were provided with school supplies to begin the school year. A big hit with the youngsters was Drums Alive sponsored by LeBonheur. The children enjoyed beating their stability ball to the beat of the music.
To recognize Child Health Month in October, Coordinated School Health along with many community partners held a student health fair at Caywood Elementary School and Lexington Middle School. Students participated in activities learning about proper hand washing techniques, healthy snacks, DARE, CPR demonstrations, the benefits of physical activity, tobacco prevention, seat belt safety, and many other activities. Thanks to Henderson County Health Department, TENNdercare, UT Extension, Trooper Brad Atkisson, Ollie the Otter, Kevis Buckley, Union University School of Pharmacy, as well as a host of school staff.
On October 22, CSH arranged a convenient on-site vaccination clinic with the help of Lexington Discount Drugs and Goodwin Children’s Clinic for our staff and their children. Over 130 vaccinations were administered to keep our staff healthy during flu season.
With the assistance of UT Extension, 4th grade students were taught the 85210 curriculum. Students were encouraged to get 8 hours of sleep each night, eat 5 fruits and vegetables daily, have 2 hours or less of screen time, get 1 hour of physical activity each day, and consume 0 sugary drinks daily. Thanks to LeBonheur for providing all 4th grade students with an 85210 t-shirt!
FIT Club provided school staff the opportunity to enjoy fellowship while adding more physical activity to the week. With the help of local gyms and trainers, staff could exercise 2 times a week free of charge. In addition, the staff enjoyed playing games of flag football and prison ball. A special thanks goes to Anytime Fitness, Pulse Fitness, and Up for a Change Fitness for allowing us to reduce stress and get healthier in the process, all while having fun!
With the help of local individuals, churches, businesses, and civic clubs, the Backpack Program has provided approximately 90 students at Caywood Elementary and Lexington Middle with additional food to take home over the weekends. Unfortunately, 1 in 4 children are at risk of hunger. Much appreciation is also extended to a great group of volunteers who help each month to pack food bags. If interested in making a donation or volunteering, contact Melanie Douglas at 731-968-8457 ext. 430.