Coordinated School Health
The MSDH School Health Program works to make all Mississippi children healthy, ready to learn, and prepared to make lifelong healthy choices through the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child approach.
Students need good health to learn their best. And schools are the best place for youth to learn about healthy living. This interrelationship means that good health and development are more than just a subject in school or a portion of the day — they take part in every aspect of learning, teaching and living. The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child approach brings all these elements together:
MSDH works in cooperation with the Mississippi Department of Education's Office of Healthy Schools and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Healthy Youth Division to meet the goals of coordinated school health.
In many communities, schools offer a variety of recreational facilities — from playgrounds to gymnasiums — where safe places to play and exercise might not otherwise exist. Joint use agreements create a partnership between schools and residents in a community to share spaces such as playgrounds, athletic fields, pools, and gymnasiums outside of school hours. They can also be used to make community facilities available to schools.
Joint use lets costs and responsibilities be shared, while increasing the opportunities for physical activity for everyone involved.
Community & School Health Program
Mississippi State Department of Health
P.O. Box 1700
Jackson, MS 39215-1700
|learn their best||http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/health_and_academics/|
|Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child||http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/wscc/|
|Mississippi Healthy Students Act||http://www.mdek12.org/OHS/HealthyStudentsAct|
|Office of Healthy Schools||http://www.mdek12.org/OHS|
|More school health resources||http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/|
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