Health is Academic

John D. Bower, M.D. School Health Network 2
Another component of the Health is Academic initiative is the John D. Bower, M.D. School Health Network 2, which is a three-year endeavor of the MDE and The Bower Foundation to provide in-depth preparation to local school districts for the implementation of a Coordinated School Health Program (CSHP) Model. The CSHP is defined as a planned and coordinated school-based program designed to enhance child and adolescent health by providing a framework for school districts and schools to use in organizing and managing school health initiatives. The program consists of the following eight components:

  1. Healthy school environmentThe physical and aesthetic surroundings and the psycho social
    climate and culture of the school.
  2. Health servicesServices provided for students to appraise, protect and promote health.
  3. Health educationA planned, sequential, K-12 curriculum that addresses the physical, mental,
    emotional and social dimensions of health.
  4. Physical education: A planned, sequential K-12 curriculum that provides cognitive content and
    learning experiences in a variety of activity areas such as basic movement skills; physical fitness; rhythms and dance; games; team, dual and individual sports; tumbling and gymnastics; and aquatics.
  5. Counseling, psychological and social servicesServices provided to improve students' mental, emotional and social health.
  6. Nutrition services: Access to a variety of nutritious and appealing meals that accommodate
    the health and nutrition needs of all students.
  7. Family and community involvementAn integrated school, parent and community approach for enhancing the health and well-being of students.
  8. Health promotion for staffOpportunities for school staff to improve their health status through
    activities such as health assessments, health education and health-related fitness activities.

The MDE and The Bower Foundation envision that the School Health Network will enable participants to
 solidify their positions as health coordinators, establish their local school health councils, improve the school health instruction programs for all students, reconfigure the use of existing school resources and nurture
 broad-based school and community support for a coordinated school health program.

The following schools were selected, through a competitive grant process, for the John D. Bower, M.D. School Health Network 2. Each school will receive $161,000 to implement a coordinated approach to school health.

Canton Public School District Canton Elementary
Coahoma County School District Friars Point Elementary
Hinds County School District Byram Middle School
Lauderdale County School District Northeast Elementary
Moss Point School District Magnolia Junior High
New Albany School District New Albany Elementary School
Pontotoc City Schools North Pontotoc Elementary
South Panola School District Pope School
South Pike School District Magnolia Elementary
Yazoo City Public Schools Webster Street Elementary School

Directory for John D. Bower School Health Network 2

Bower Network Training Calendar 2008-2011
Office of Healthy Schools Resource Page

Office of Healthy Schools     P.O. Box 771     Jackson, MS 39205-0771     Phone: (601) 359-1737     Fax: (601) 576-1417

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