Coordinated School Health (CSH) is an effective system designed to connect health with education. Student's health and their capacity to learn are enhanced through the support of families, communities, and schools who work together in a coordinated, focused, and cost-effective manner. CSH was created and funded with state budget dollars to implement CSH to all school systems in Tennessee. Funds support the development of a local infrastructure to promote health and wellness for all students and staff and thereby decrease barriers that prevent students from achieving their full academic potential.
Eight Component Model
Health Education- Addresses the physical, mental, emotional, and social dimensions of health.
Physical Education/Physical Activity- Provides cognitive content and learning experiences in a variety of activity areas such as basic movement skills; physical fitness; rhythms and dance; games; team, dual, and individual sports.
Health Services- Services provided to the students to appraise, protect, and promote health.
Nutrition Services- Includes access to a variety of nutritious and appealing meals that accommodate the health and nutritional needs of all students.
Health Promotion for Staff- Includes opportunities for school staff to improve their health status through activities such as health assessments, health education, and health-related physical activities.
Counseling and Psychological Services- Services are provided to improve students' mental, emotional, and social health.
Healthy School Environment - Includes the physical and aesthetic surroundings and the psychosocial climate and culture of the school.
Parent/Community Involvement- Represents an integrated school, parent, and community approach for enhancing the health and well-being of students.