Nebraska Healthy Schools Program
The Whole School, Whole Community Whole Child Model
-Research shows a significant connection between healthy lifestyle behaviors and student academic achievement. Healthy students learn better and positive school and community connections throughout the K-12 educational period provides a lifetime of health benefits. Schools are an idea setting to provide student with the resources and opportunities to not only learn skills to support a healthy lifestyle but to also practice healthy behaviors.(1)
The Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) Healthy Schools program works collaboratively with Nebraska schools to support the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model, a program that includes resources and support for the individual, family, school and the community.
The current work of the Healthy Schools program focuses on the following key areas: Chronic Disease Management, Nutrition Education, Out of School Tim and Physical Education and Physical Activity. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the use of the WSCC model, which is strategically aligned with school health programs and services to assist educators in closing the achievement gap. (1)
(1) Lewallen, T.C., Hunt, Holly, H., Potts ‐ Datema, W., Zaza, S., Giles, W. The whole school, whole community, whole child model: A new approach for improving educational attainment and healthy development for students. Journal of School Health. 2015; 85 (11): 729-739. DOI: 10.1111/josh.123