The Coordinated School Health (CSH) initiative at the Kentucky Department of Education and the Kentucky Department for Public Health is funded by a grant from the CDC Division of Adolescent and School Health for improving health and educational outcomes of young people. The state CSH strategic plan includes these long-range goals:
To increase the capacity of schools, districts and communities to promote and support healthy behaviors and choices in school-age youth through CSH programs.
To increase the capacity of schools, districts and communities to reduce health disparities among school-age youth at disproportionate risk for chronic diseases, HIV, sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancy.
A CSH program at the school level is an organized set of programs, policies and activities. This coordinated model consists of assessing the school environment, having a school health or wellness team and developing an action plan. The group works together on these components:
- Health education
- Physical education and other physical activity opportunities
- Nutrition services
- Health services
- Counseling and psychological services
- School health and safety policies and environment
- Family and community involvement
- Health promotion for staff
The CSH teams at the KDE and KDPH are available to provide professional development, technical assistance, resources and CSH data to schools, districts and their community partners.
Six priority health-risk behaviors of youth contribute to the leading causes of illness and death among our youth. These six priority health-risk behaviors are monitored in Kentucky by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through the Youth Risk Behavior Survey. These behaviors are all preventable:
- Alcohol and drug use
- Injury and violence (including suicide)
- Tobacco use
- Unhealthy dietary behaviors
- Physical inactivity
- Sexual risk behaviors
YRBS data can be used to describe risk behaviors, create awareness, set program goals, develop programs and policies and as a data source for grant writing. When schools, families and the community work together to support positive youth development, risk behaviors are reduced and student health and academic achievement are promoted. CSH programs provide the framework for creating these essential linkages.
Physical Activity, Nutrition, Tobacco and Asthma Plus (PANTA Plus) School Resource Guide 2012
This guide will help those that work within schools and those that work with schools to create and enhance an overall healthy school environment. This guide will assist in meeting the expectations of the Practical Living/Career Studies Program Review, as well as other specific health needs of your school. The guide can help school community partners in understanding more about Kentucky’s education system and suggested programs that may be of interest in support of your local schools.
The purpose of this guide is to promote the:
- Connection between health and academics
- Use of the Coordinated School Health Model
- Understanding of the six priority health risk behaviors of youth (injury and violence, alcohol and drug use, tobacco use, nutrition, physical activity and sexual risk behaviors)
- Understanding of two major areas of health impacting children: asthma and dental health
- Provide resources
The two sections in the guide are Introduction and Framework and Content Areas. In each of the Content Areas you will find useful information on:
- emerging, promising and best practices;
- policy and environmental change,
- model policies,
- American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement,
- state and federal laws,
- assessment and planning,
- frequently asked questions and
The PANTA Plus School Resource Guide may be viewed as a whole document or by each section. Adobe reader is needed in order to download this information.
Introduction and Framework:
Students Taking Charge
National Action for Healthy Kids in collaboration with partners, developed the Students Taking Charge (STC) program to positively engage students in their school wellness efforts. STC is a nationally recognized program that helps improve our school health policies and environment by improving our youth’s eating habits and increasing our youth’s physical activity. In Kentucky, partners at the state and local levels have helped to implement a STC program in numerous high schools across the state beginning in the 2009-2010 school year. This program uses an STC facilitator guide, STC surveys, action plan and success story documents.
The STC documents can be found below.
Kentucky Tobacco Free Schools
KDPH Coordinated School Health
(502) 564-2154, ext. 4415
KDE Coordinated School Health