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  1. Why? If schools do not deal with children’s health by design, they deal with it by default. Health is Academic, 1997

  2. Every day in Mississippi, we have an opportunity to reach… • 494,590 public school students • 152 School Districts • 618 Elementary Schools/225 Secondary Schools • Over 64,300 adults work as teachers, school building staff, or school district staff

  3. MS Youth Risk Behavior 2003 Youth Risk Behavior Survey Grades 9-12

  4. Tobacco UseYouth Risk Behavior Survey Grades 9-12

  5. Alcohol AbuseYouth Risk Behavior Survey Grades 9-12

  6. Coordinated School Health Program Physical Education Health Education Family and Community Involvement Health Services Health Promotion for Staff Nutrition Services Healthy School Environment Counseling, Psychological Services

  7. Is school health the missing link to school improvement?

  8. MASLOW’S HEIRARCHY AND COORDINATED SCHOOL HEALTH Health Education Motivated and Learning Physical Education Health Services Nutrition Services Sense of Positive Self-Esteem Counseling, Psychological and Social Services Sense of Belonging and Importance Sense of Being Loved and Appreciated Healthy School Environment Health Promotion for Staff Family/Community Involvement Free of Fear and In A Safe place Physical Health

  9. Research Substantiates the Effort • Physical Activity appear to boost students’ ability to concentrate and to reduce disruptive behaviors, which has a considerable positive impact on their academic achievement (Symons, 1997). • Students who regularly attend school breakfast programs perform better in school, exhibit less hyperactivity in the classroom, and show better daily attendance (Alaimo, 2001; Kennedy and Davis, 1998; Murphy, 1998; Powell, 1998).

  10. Research Substantiates the Effort • Schools that have eliminated competitive foods and substituted them with nutritious choices report that students’ concentration and behavior improve (Anderson, 2002). • Intensive physical activity programs for students led to an improvement in students’ scores in mathematics, reading, and writing and to a reduction in disruptive behaviors in the classroom (Sallis, 1999).

  11. MDE Commitment • Through acquisition of funding through The Bower Foundation, created the Office of Healthy Schools to: coordinate efforts avoid duplication of services maximize resources

  12. Six Priority Health Risk Behaviors account for most of the serious illness and premature deaths in the U.S. • Tobacco use • Unhealthy dietary behaviors • Inadequate physical activity • Alcohol and other drug use • Sexual behaviors • Unintentional injuries and violence

  13. Initiatives • Local School Wellness Policy • Start Up Grants • John D. Bower, M.D. School Health Network • The Bower Foundation Vending Machine Case Study • Vending Regulations • HIV/AIDS Policy Guide for Development • HIV/AIDS Prevention Grants • Comprehensive Health/P.E.Framework Training • Mississippi School Health Successes

  14. Local School Wellness Policy Guide for Development Three step Approach • Gather Input and Assess • Develop Local Wellness Policy • Implement and Evaluate Policy

  15. Health is Academic Start-Up Grants • Funds allocated for 140 schools to receive $3,000 each to: Establish a School Health Council Conduct Needs Assessment Select one sustainable intervention

  16. Start Up Grants List of Interventions • Not eliminating physical activity as a punishment • Power walks with the Principal as a reward • Healthy choices at school parties • No food fundraisers • Staff wellness opportunities • Homework opportunities that involve physical activity • Elimination of Vending Sales • Recess provided before lunch

  17. John D. Bower, M.D. School Health Network • Purpose: To implement the eight components of the Coordinated School Health Program Model in one school in a district and to be prepared to implement the Coordinated School Health Program Model district-wide • Total Amount Awarded: $1,000,000.00 • Funding Source: The Bower Foundation • Basis for awarding the grants: Competitive All Mississippi school districts to include the state special schools administered by the State Board of Education were eligible to apply for “Health is Academic” John D. Bower, M.D. School Health Network.

  18. Corinth School District Desoto County School District Hollandale School District George County School District Grenada School District Lamar County School District Petal School District Starkville School District Sunflower County School District West Bolivar School District John D. Bower, M.D. School Health Network

  19. Coordinated Approach

  20. The Bower Foundation Vending Machine Case Study • Purpose: To assess the financial impact of changing beverage vending machine operations. • Process: Two beverage vending interventions: Healthier beverage choices Differential pricing • Benchmarks: (1) Offer healthier beverages at a lower price throughout the school year (2) Complete surveys of beverage and snack vending machines (3) obtain historical data from beverage vendor(s) (4) Change advertising on front of vending machine to promote healthy beverages (5) implement differential pricing for water, 100% fruit juice and sports drinks at a lower price (6) Provide monthly report on sales, revenue and meals served (7) identify a project coordinator and (8) Agree to a Memorandum of Understanding outlining the responsibilities of the district

  21. HIV/AIDS Prevention Grants • Available to 34 districts in high risk regions • Training and technical assistance on prevention curricula • Health and Physical Education Teachers • Nurses • Regular Education Teachers K-8 • Evaluation of prevention program

  22. Comprehensive Health Framework Training • 7 Regional Training Sessions • Trained Approximately 700 • Nurses, Health Educators, Food Service Staff, Principals, Federal Program Coordinators, Curriculum Coordinators, K-12 teachers • Emphasis On Nutrition and Disease Prevention

  23. Mississippi School Health Successes

  24. Mississippi Successes • Commitment of State Board of Education and Mississippi Department of Education Leadership • Partnership with The Bower Foundation • Passing of House Bill 319 • Passing of Senate Bill 2602 Section 18 • 107 schools representing 80% of School Superintendents committed to school health through the grant application process • 10 School Districts committed to implementing a Coordinated Approach to School Health

  25. Office of Healthy Schools Regina Ginn Shane McNeill Phone:601-359-1737 Fax: 601-576-1417