Union 92 Coordinated School Health Program
In August 2007, School Union 92/MSAD #26, in partnership with the Union River Healthy Communities Coalition, was awarded a three year Healthy Maine Partnership grant to develop a Coordinated School Health Program for the Trenton, Lamoine, Surry, Hancock, Beech Hill and Cave Hill Schools. A Coordinated School Health Program is an effective system designed to connect health with education. This approach improves students’ health and capacity to learn through the support of families, communities, and schools working together.
Vision: The Union 92/MSAD #26 school community will provide a healthy and safe environment so its members will have the skills, knowledge and opportunities to make positive choices.
- School Health Leadership/Safety Team: Works to develop a quality school health program.
- School Nutrition Team: Introduces healthy eating patterns and nutrition concepts to the school community.
- School Health Education/Physical Education Curriculum Teams: Assesses, develops, implements, guides and evaluates physical education curricula.
Accomplishments through January 2008:
- Tobacco-free campus policies for all the schools and school athletic fields adopted.
- Local Wellness Policies reviewed by the School Health Leadership/Safety Team with recommendations for revisions and implementation
- All schools became USDA Team Nutrition Schools
- Collaborated with Maine DOE, Child Nutrition Services to develop and implement county-wide training for school food service personnel
- Drafted a comprehensive K-8 school health education curriculum
- Implementing a work-site wellness program for staff inclusive of incentive exercise programs and Monthly Health Newsletters
- Incorporating 5-2-1-0 program into the Coordinated School Health Program
- Addressing workplace safety issues
- Promoting the book FISH! and it’s philosophy to support a positive work environment
What is a Coordinated School Health Program?
“A Coordinated School Health Program (CSHP) is a coordinated approach to school health improves students’ health and their capacity to learn through the support of families, communities, and schools working together.”
Eight Components of a Maine Coordinated School Health Program
Youth, Parent, Family, Community Involvement:
Encourage the participation of parents and youth in policy development and school involvement. This includes the integration of community providers with schools.
Comprehensive School Health Education:
Kindergarten through high school health education curriculum that is sequential, developmentally appropriate and includes instruction and assessment.
Physical Education & Physical Activity:
Physical education classes that promote physical fitness, motor skills, social and personal interaction and life-long physical activity.
School Counseling, Physical & Behavioral Health Services:
Physical health and behavioral health services including substance abuse services that meet the needs of all students.
Food and snacks available at school and at school events that are balanced and nutritious.
Health Promotion & Wellness:
Work-site health promotion programs that encourage and support staff in pursuing healthy behaviors and lifestyles.
Safe and aesthetic physical structure, school grounds and transportation.
A school atmosphere supported by programs and policies that nurture positive behavior, assure safety, and promote a feeling of belonging and respect for all students.