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Unformatted text preview: The School Health Program: A Component of Community Health Chapter 6 Introduction • Important component of community health • Has great potential • All must pass through Is student health the missing piece in school reform? Carnegie Foundation “Clearly, no knowledge is more crucial than knowledge about health. Without it, no other life goal can be successfully achieved.” Boyer, E.L., The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, 1983 U.S. Department of Education Too many of our children start school unready to meet the challenges of learning, and are adversely influenced by… drug use and alcohol abuse, random violence, adolescent pregnancy, AIDS, and the rest.” — U.S. Department of Education. America 2000 An Education Strategy Sourcebook — Department of Education, 1991 Former Surgeon General Dr. Antonia Novello Health and education go hand in hand: one cannot exist without the other. To believe any differently is to hamper progress. Just as our children have a right to receive the best education available, they have a right to be healthy. As parents, legislators, and educators, it is up to us to see that this becomes a reality.” Healthy Children Ready to Learn: An Essential Collaboration Between Health and Education, 1992 American Cancer Society [Children] …who face violence, hunger, substance abuse, unintended pregnancy, and despair cannot possibly focus on academic excellence. There is no curriculum brilliant enough to compensate for a hungry stomach or a distracted mind.” — National Action Plan for Comprehensive School Health Education. 1992 Good Health is Necessary for Academic Success School Health In the News … • School Health Emergencies • Healthy Kids • SC Healthy Schools Initiative • Back to School Health • Autism in School • Back to School Health Tips It is difficult for students to be successful in school if they are: Depressed Tired Being bullied Stressed Sick Using alcohol or other drugs Hungry Coordinated school health programs are a solution Coordinated School Health Programs are a solution Engage parents, teachers, students, families, and communities Help keep students healthy Support learning and success in school Reinforce positive behaviors Help students develop knowledge and skills to make smart choices Coordinated School Health Defined • “An organized set of policies, procedures, and activities designed to protect, promote, and improve the health and well-being of students and staff, thus improving the student’s ability to learn” • (Joint Committee, 2001) Your School Today To begin CSH, you need to know what’s already happening in your school and community Your School Today So, it’s time to ask some questions, like ■ What types of health programs exist?...
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