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The Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) has identified eight (8) model components to have an effective Coordinated School Health Program:

1. Health Education

2. Physical Education

3. Health Services

4. Nutrition Services

5. Counseling, Psychological, and Social Services

6. Healthy School Environment

7. Health Promotion for Staff

8. Family and Community Involvement

The idea is to address the needs of the students utilizing the eight components listed above, so that you are addressing the needs of the “whole” child. The North Little Rock School District is committed to assessing its progress and implementing changes to address the needs of the students based on the above areas of concern. The North Little Rock School District by ourselves cannot, and should not be expected to, address the nation’s most serious health and social problems. However, we can provide a hub in which many agencies can work together to maintain the well-being of our students. Families, health care workers, the media, religious organizations, community organizations that serve youth, and young people themselves also must be systematically involved.

A coordinated approach increases the likelihood that staff and students’ full ranges of needs are addressed and a full array of programs and services are provided. The implementation of Coordinated School Health can result in positive impacts ranging from reduction in financial and personal costs involved in treating and/or living with behaviorally induced illness to improvement in student health and learning outcomes. Other possible positive results include:

Reduced absenteeism - Fewer classroom behavior problems - Improved academic performance - Greater interest in healthy diets - Increased participation in fitness activities -  Delayed onset of certain health risk behaviors - Less smoking among students and staff - Lower rates of teen pregnancy

Health and education go hand and hand. An unhealthy child has difficulty learning. Hunger affects children’s concentration. Many medical conditions can hinder the ability to learn. Abuse and neglect, poor health, and nutritional problems lie beneath many learning problems. Risky behavior including self-inflicted injuries; tobacco, alcohol, and drug use; and sexual activity resulting in pregnancy are all linked to poor school performance. Negative student behaviors such as alcohol and substance abuse, violence, and antisocial behavior decrease as parent involvement increases.

Students are more likely to succeed academically and socially when communities are economically healthy, organized, and provide opportunities for youth involvement and when schools present a positive climate and involve students and their families as well as the community partners in their organizational structure.

Coordinated School Health is consistent with Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, which proposes that children’s chances for success are greatly reduced without efforts to enhance their physical and emotional well-being. The North Little Rock School District is working to optimize programs in our schools and community that help our children and staff learn to be healthy.

For more information contact:

Heather Rhodes-Newburn,
North Little Rock School District
Coordinated School Health (CSH) Coordinator
(501) 771-8037 or rhodesh@nlrsd.org