School Health

What is the role of health in schools? Research shows us that a healthy child makes a better student.  Students who eat a nutritious breakfast, have a healthy diet, and get enough physical activity throughout the day have better grades, better test scores, and better attendance.  Well-Ahead Louisiana can help schools make that connection and reach their goals for health and wellness through simple, low- to no-cost strategies.  It’s easy to do. Why not start now?

Healthy Students Are Better Learners 

It's the week of the big test. Whether you're a teacher, an administrator, or a parent, you want your students to be prepared.  What do you tell them the night before the test? "Get a good nights sleep, eat a good breakfast, and make sure you exercise this week."  During test week, we recognize those things, outside of academics, that are important to academic success.  What if we treated every week like test week? 

A student's success in school is related to more than just their test scores and academics.  Rather, academics and health go hand in hand.  Evidence shows that healthy students are better learners.  In practice, this means that ensuring a child has opportunities for physical activity and access to healthy food options is an investment in their success as a student.  The image below is an example of physical activity's impact on the brain. The yellow and red coloring indicates a higher level of brain activity.

 

 

School Health Programs

School Health Index

The School Health Index (SHI) is an online self-assessment and planning tool that schools can use to improve their health and safety policies and programs. The SHI helps schools identify their strengths and challenges and create an action plan based on their results. Well-Ahead offers hands-on workshops and technical assistance to schools interested in exploring the SHI.  If you are interested in having a workshop in your district, email Kate Holmes at kate.holmes@la.gov.  

School Health Index (CDC)  

Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program

A Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program (CSPAP) is a multi-component approach by which school districts and schools use all opportunities for students to be physically active, meet the nationally-recommended 60 minutes of physical activity each day, and develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence to be physically active for a lifetime.  Well-Ahead offers hands-on workshops and technical assistance to schools interested in developing a CSPAP at their school. If you are interested in having a workshop in your district, email Kate Holmes at kate.holmes@la.gov.