Healthy students are better learners. Schools play a critical role in promoting the health and safety of young people and helping them establish lifelong healthy behaviors. Establishing healthy behaviors during childhood is easier and more effective than trying to change unhealthy behaviors throughout adulthood. When school health policies and practices are put in place, healthy students can grow to achieve a lifetime of good health.
The Comprehensive School Wellness (CSW) Program at the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) is a team of school health specialists dedicated to supporting schools across the state in creating healthy learning environments by utilizing the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child, or WSCC model.
Five Steps to Navigating the CSW Program Website
Follow these 5 steps to get started with the CSW Program. By staying connected, we can ensure students, staff, and schools are equipped with the necessary tools to improve health and academic achievement!
We realize that every school has a unique set of needs, which is why we are here to help school leaders and staff create supportive school environments. If you have a question, complete the online Technical Assistance Requestform and our team will contact you!
Make sure yousign upfor our monthly newsletter, Healthy Happenings, so you can be equipped with the information, resources, and professional development opportunities to support student health and academic achievement through nutrition, physical activity, and the management of chronic conditions.
The Comprehensive School Wellness Program wants to highlight the great work that is going on in all Arizona schools. Fill out theSchool Spotlight form to highlight a school’s health initiatives and be featured in Healthy Happenings.
Become an advocate for School Health in your community! Sign up for the Arizona School Health and Wellness Coalition to help make an impact in Arizona’s school health environment.
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1801 Grant: Improving Student Health and Academic Achievement through Nutrition, Physical Activity, and the Management of Chronic Conditions in Schools
The CSW Program is funded by the 1801 “Improving Student Health and Academic Achievement through Nutrition, Physical Activity and the Management of Chronic Conditions in Schools" grant offered through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Healthy Schools Branch. CDC provides technical assistance, tools, recommendations, and resources to assist with school health initiatives within the grant. Under the 1801 grant, ADE directly supports five Local Education Agencies (LEAs). These are Destiny School, Mingus Union High School District, Mohave Valley Elementary School District,Tombstone Unified School District, and Vernon Elementary School District.
ADE works along three strategies to provide 1801 grant activities: infrastructure development, professional development, and technical assistance.
Infrastructure Development works to create a health-aware infrastructure among all regions of Arizona to support, assess, and develop health-promoting best practices and strategies that improve physical activity, nutrition, and the management of chronic conditions in schools. This directly enhances a student's social, emotional, and physical well-being. To do this, the CSW Program encourages schools to utilize the School Health Index, to assess and create supportive school environments. In addition, Local School Wellness Policy guides local education agencies and school districts to create supportive school nutrition and physical activity environments.
Professional Development activities promote school health by offering continuing education on important health topics. ADE delivers and partners with state agencies and local organizations to implement strategies that promote a healthy learning environment. In addition, ADE spreads awareness of the opportunities available to out-of-school health staff and officials. Through professional development activities, ADE utilizes the WSCC model to develop training that utilizes school health tools and resources, while highlighting the connections between school health and academic achievement.
Technical Assistance is provided to all schools, districts, and LEAs across the state, free of charge. Our team works with school leaders to support and provide guidance on the health and wellness needs of their staff, students, and community through the development of CSW activities.
Complete the online Technical Assistance Request form and our team will contact you!
To effectively work throughout the state, ADE works alongside internal state partners and external community partners to provide support.
ADE’s Title IVA Safe and Healthy Students Program aims to provide support to schools and local education agencies (LEAs) so that every student can experience a safe, healthy, and supportive learning environment through a focus on physical and mental health, and safety.
The 1801 grant works in conjunction with Arizona school nurses and health staff in efforts to manage the prevalence of chronic disease in schools. Please visit the School Nursing and Health Staff webpage for more information on supporting health office staff and students managing their own chronic conditions.
ADE holds a collaborative partnership with the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) which provides nutrition and physical activity support through AZ Health Zone. AZ Health Zone focuses on supporting communities across Arizona to make healthy changes in homes and neighborhoods, both within the school and the home.
This grant focuses its strategies and activities within the context of the WSCC model. The WSCC model has 10 student-centered components: health education; physical education and physical activity; nutrition environment and services; health services; counseling, psychological, and social services; social and emotional climate; physical environment; employee wellness; family engagement; and community involvement. Schools, health agencies, parents, and communities share a common goal of supporting the health and academic achievement of children and adolescents. Through this model, districts and schools are encouraged to re-think and re-structure the way they approach learning and health by systematically focusing on the whole child. Through this model, there is a holistic emphasis placed on learning and health in the context of the local school and community.
CDC Healthy Schools works with states, school systems, communities, and national partners to prevent chronic disease and promote the health and well-being of children and adolescents in schools. CDC Healthy Schools supports state education agencies (SEAs) in the implementation and evaluation of evidence-based strategies to prevent and manage chronic health conditions prevalent in student populations.
CDC’s Virtual Healthy School (VHS) is an interactive tool that shows schools how to support the health and academic achievement of students through the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model.
The CDC Virtual School can provide examples within the school environment that allow for students to improve their dietary and physical activity behaviors and manage their chronic health conditions. Click the link below to navigate through a virtual healthy school!
The Arizona School Health and Wellness Coalition (ASHWC) is a collaboration of key school health stakeholders, state and local organizations, community members, parents and individuals whose primary goal is to assist schools in creating healthy school environments and communities. ASHWC serves as an organized platform that provides a voice to those who are passionate about school health. It promotes the multi-disciplinary approach to school health outlined by the WSCC model.
The WSCC Federal Funding Guide intends to bring awareness to the funding opportunities for implementation of WSCC activities and to open the door for further exploration using federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) funds and Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds.
Each month, the CSW Program sends out a newsletter, Healthy Happenings. Healthy Happenings supports student health and academic achievement through disseminating information and resources for school nutrition, physical activity, and the management of chronic conditions. When reading the newsletter, LEAs are given the opportunity to:
Learn about CSW’s monthly health theme and ways to incorporate health initiatives into the school environment.
Stay informed on upcoming professional development opportunities related to nutrition, physical activity, and the management of chronic conditions.
Become equipped with useful resources such as toolkits, templates, and infographics for the school use.
See what schools across Arizona are doing and gain inspiration for your own school health initiatives through a School Spotlight!
This month we highlighted students coming back to school. A new school year often brings a mix of emotions for educators and students alike- excitement, exhaustion, energy, anxiety, or perhaps all of the above! The back-to-school period presents a unique opportunity to promote students' health and well-being through fostering a supportive school environment. Schools play a critical role in promoting the health and safety of young people and helping them to establish lifelong healthy behaviors. Students thrive in a healthy school environment and healthy students are better learners. ADE’s CSW Program with the support of CDC Healthy Schools is dedicated to supporting schools in creating a healthy school environment for all students. Please view the full newsletter for more information!
October in Arizona brings an opportunity for change; the weather starts to cool and students and staff are eager to move their activities outdoors. Active recess plays an essential role in a child's academic success and boosts their physical, social, and emotional well-being. In addition, it allows for children to release energy and reduce stress to then improve classroom behavior. By including safe and structured outdoor active recess, schools have the opportunity to get creative and provide spaces for children to be physically active throughout the school day. Please view the full newsletter for more information!
November is American Diabetes Month. Diabetes affects thousands of school-age children nationwide and rates of new diagnosed cases of type 1 and type 2 diabetes are increasing among youth in the United States. Among school-aged children, type 1 diabetes is more common than type 2 diabetes. Younger children, including elementary school-age students, may need help with all aspects of diabetes care while middle school age- and high school-age students should be able to manage their diabetes themselves. Regardless of their age, there are times when all students who have diabetes need someone else to help them with their diabetes care. Developing a personalized Diabetes Management Plan can provide a student with the support they need to thrive at school. For more resources and support, read the full newsletter below!
The upcoming holiday season provides a great opportunity to connect with family and friends, promote a healthy lifestyle, and create excitement around nutritious and active choices at home and at school. Planning celebrations that include activities and foods that are enjoyable and good for the body helps to encourage kids to build lifelong healthy habits. Healthy celebrations in and out of school support academic achievement, demonstrate a school commitment to improving student health, promote a healthy school and home environment, and create excitement about nutrition and physical activity. For more information on healthy celebrations and family engagement, read the full newsletter below!
School connectedness reflects the belief that students feel connection among their peers and adults in school settings, valuing both their academic success and well-being. The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model emphasizes this as it is a student-centered framework connecting all aspects of health and academic achievement among students, teachers, staff, parents, and the community. For more information on school connectedness, read the full newletter below!
The Comprehensive School Wellness Program is here to support your school. Through incorporating evidence-based health practices, we can ensure sustainability for healthy initiatives. There are many resources available to help guide the effective incorporation of health initiatives in schools.
Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities
We strive to provide ample opportunities to build knowledge that supports student health and academic acheievement. We encourage participants to attend events for the opportunity to engage, connect, and receive credible resources from around the nation. Please view the upcoming trainings, webinars, conferences and/or other professional development events offered.
On January 24th, 2023 from 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM, the Arizona School Health and Wellness Coalition is excited to host RMC Health in a free discussion on the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model: From Frame to Practical Application. All individuals interested in school health are welcome to join! Please read the information below for more information and how to register.
The practical application of The WSCC model can support school communities to promote health and wellness. In this highly interactive training, participants will work collaboratively in small groups to address the issues of Food and Nutrition, Physical Education & Physical Activity, Policy, and Mental & Behavioral Health through the WSCC framework. Participants will identify how the 10 components of the WSCC model can support health promotion. They will then review the Coalition’s mission, vision, and values, and then draft implementation plans in alignment with the WSCC model to create, enhance, and sustain healthy school systems in alignment across the state.
Now, more than ever, communities need support to name and address the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic while creating solutions to advance school health and wellness. Participants will consider and incorporate post COVID-19 recovery needs into their implementation plans. At the conclusion of this training, Action Teams will be prepared to finish drafting their implementation plans.
The Comprehensive School Wellness Program, in collaboration with AZ Health Zone, is excited to host the four-part webinar series on Trauma-Informed Approaches. On February 8th, 2023, from 3:30 PM to 5:00 MST, join us for part three: The Language of Health: Trauma-Informed Approaches to Messaging. In this session, we will discuss different ways to talk about nutrition and health with students, families, and peers using the Language of Health Editorial Style Guide. The Language of Health is an effective, trauma-informed messaging tool that helps the user reframe messages in a positive and inclusive manner. Participants of this session will practice writing and communication skills using tips outlined in the first three sections of the guide including guiding principles for health communication, health, nutrition, and food. For more information, please click here.
Comprehensive School Wellness On-Demand Opportunities
We strive to provide ample opportunities to build knowledge that supports student health and academic achievement. On-demand learning can allow for easy access to great resources and information at your convenience. Each time the CSW program hosts a webinar, the recording and slides will be placed here. Please see below past profressional development webinars.
The Arizona Department of Education Comprehensive School Wellness Program hosted the University of Connecticut Collaboratory on School and Child Health for a discussion on the CDC's Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model.
The WSCC model advocates for integration of child learning, health, and well-being efforts within schools and communities. In this presentation, we provided an overview of the WSCC model and its potential to support positive childhood development. We offered educators resources on how to implement this model because although the model advocates for integration across domains of child development, school efforts are often conducted in silos. Finally, shared a number of materials aimed to build educators’ knowledge of the WSCC model and to explore coordinated