Since 1987, CDC’s coordinated school health (CSH) approach has been the blueprint for integrating health-promoting practices in the school setting. CSH programs have helped to establish policies and practices in states, districts, and schools across the nation, and will see continued success within the expanded Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model.
The WSCC model includes 10 components, expanding upon the CSH components of Healthy and Safe School Environment and Family/Community Involvement into 4 distinct components. This evolution meets the need for greater emphasis on both the psychosocial and physical environment as well as the ever-increasing and growing roles that community agencies and families must play. This new model also addresses the need to engage students as active participants in their learning and health.
Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Components:
- Health Education
- Nutrition Environment and Services
- Employee Wellness
- Social and Emotional School Climate
- Physical Environment
- Health Services
- Counseling, Psychological, and Social Services
- Community Involvement
- Family Engagement
- Physical Education and Physical Activity
Every year principals complete a Coordinated School Health Information Report, sponsored by the Department of Research and Evaluation. Reports are searchable by campus and include annual Fitnessgram results for the campus. Contact your campus Coordinated School Health team for additional information about the CSH program on your campus.
All Texas school districts are required by law to adopt and implement a CSH program in grades K-8. AISD’s Board of Trustees adopted a program called Coordinated Health Approach To Child Health (CATCH) in 2001. CATCH has guided students on how to be healthy for a lifetime and is now the #1 health promotion and childhood obesity prevention program available.