Coordinated School Health

Two insightful, enthusiastic students from Somersworth Middle School helping to shape health and wellness priorities in their school and district!

Coordinated School Health (CSH) envisions students who get the support they need to be successful at school, home and in the community by establishing lifelong healthy behavioral patterns starting in Kindergarten and building upon those throughout their education. The CSH framework works to strengthen 8 different components that together impact the whole health of a child. CSH does this by reviewing current practices and incorporates strands of curriculums, policies and programs centered on evidence based best practices into their schools.

CSH is a substance misuse prevention initiative that utilizes a whole health model. CSH is funded by the United Way of Greater Seacoast in two school districts, Somersworth and Farmington. Two dedicated champions have been designated from each school to lead this effort. CSH is currently in isn’t third year of funding and we are on our way to having the framework fully implemented for the 17-18 school year. There has been an obvious shift in the culture of both schools having more health and wellness related topics and discussions in their everyday teachings and experience for all students.

For more information please contact Ashley Wright at AWright@GoodwinCH.org

Somersworth District Priorities
Farmington District Priorities
Somersworth District Priorities

Maple Wood Elementary:

1. Implement school-wide initiative that encourage a healthy lifestyle
2. Define and integrate a health curriculum by grade level
3. Increase physical activity opportunities in order to enhance student learning
4. Increase Healthy eating in schools
5. Communicate health and safety policies to students, parents, staff members, and visitors

Idlehurst Elementary:

1. Implement school-wide initiative that encourage a healthy lifestyle
2. Define and integrate a health curriculum by grade level
3. Increase physical activity opportunities in order to enhance student learning
4. Increase Healthy eating in schools
5. Communicate health and safety policies to students, parents, staff members, and visitors

Somersworth Middle School:
1. Increase student access to fresh produce by having venues outside the cafeteria offer fruits and vegetables
2. Improve mental health support by having a community mental health councelor available to students
3. Increase family and community involvement in recreational activities
4. Develop collaboration opportunities between nutrition service staff members and teachers to increase healthy eating during school
5. Increase physical activity by establishing structured physical activity during designated classroom times

Somersworth High School:
1. Improve mental health support by having a community mental health counselor available to students
2. Physical activity breaks in classrooms during designated classroom time
3. Updating/ upgrading physical activity space and equipment to foster more utilization by students and staff
4. Develop collaboration opportunities between nutrition service staff members and teachers to increase healthy eating in school
5. Build a representative school health committee or team.

Farmington District Priorities

Valley View Community School:

1. Defining health curriculum and avenues for implementation

2. Increase physical activity opportunities in order to enhance student learning

3. Develop programs for all members of the school community to understand and seek healthy lifestyles

4. Offer an array of enrichment experiences that encourage a healthy lifestyle

 

Henry Wilson Memorial School:

1. Maintaining a health education program and further avenues for implementation/ collaboration

2. Increase physical activity opportunities in order to enhance student learning

3. Improve family and community involvement in student wellness

4. Increase parent education opportunities

5. Develop programs for all members of the school community to understand and seek a more healthy lifestyle

 

Farmington High School

1. More mental health support, training, and tools for the school community

2. Establish a student-led drug committee

3. Implement student initiated health and wellness activities

4. Develop programs for all members of the school community to understand and seek a more healthy lifestyle

5. Maintaining a health education program and further avenues for implementation/ collaboration

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