While academic success is the primary mission of schools, it is only one facet of a child's development. Research has shown that health, safety, and strong caring relationships between adults and students are critical components to improving academic performance.
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Health Education requires a planned sequential K12 curriculum that addresses the physical mental, emotional, and social dimensions of health. Teaching Health Education in a very intentional way is essential to helping children adopt lifetime, healthy behaviors. Research has shown that effective health education will also help children do better in their other classes.
MDE Health Education
Healthy School Environment
A healthy school environment focuses on both the physiological and psychological surroundings in which students and school personnel work. The psychological environment includes the physical, emotional, and social conditions that affect the well-being of students and staff.
MDE Safe Schools
Nutrition and Food Services
School nutrition not only provides breakfast and lunch, but also supports the classroom nutrition education program to help students learn how to select nutritionally appropriate foods.
School health services promote the health of students through prevention, case finding, early intervention, and remediation of specific health problems. These services are designed to ensure access to primary health care services, and prevent and control communicable disease and other chronic health problems.
Michigan Association of School Nurses
Counseling, Psychological and Social Services
These services are provided to improve students' mental, emotional, and social health and may include individual and group assessments, interventions, and referrals.
MDE Mental Health
Physical Education requires a planned, sequential K-12 curriculum that helps students develop the knowledge, fitness levels, motor skills, and personal and social skills to obtain the ultimate goal of a lifetime of physical activity and health. All children, from pre-kindergarten through grade 12, should participate in quality physical education classes every school day.
MDE Physical Education
Health Promotion for Staff
Health Promotion for Staff gives school staff opportunities to pursue healthier lifestyles that contribute to improved personal health status, improved morale, and a greater personal commitment to coordinated health programs.
Michigan Steps Up - from the Michigan Surgeon General
School Employee Wellness Guide
Parent and Community Involvement
An integrated school, parent, and community approach is required for enhancing the health and well-being of students. Schools actively solicit family involvement and engage community resources and services to respond more effectively to the health-related needs of students.
MDE Parents & Family
The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) monitors priority health-risk behaviors and the prevalence of obesity and asthma among youth and young adults. It includes a national school-based survey conducted by the CDC and state, territorial, tribal, and local surveys conducted by state, territorial, and local education and health agencies and tribal governments. For more information on the YRBS, visit http://www.cdc.gov/yrbs/.
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Connections Effective Schools Survey - 3 Parts