The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model is a CDC recommended strategy for improving students’ health and learning in schools. Student health is strongly linked to academic success and the academic success of students is strongly linked to their health.
Thus, helping students stay healthy is fundamental to learning.
According to research cited on CDC’s website:
- Hunger (lack of breakfast), chronic health conditions including asthma, obesity, diabetes and depression, or physical and emotional abuse can lead to poor school performance.
- Health-risk behaviors such as early sexual initiation, violence, and physical inactivity are consistently linked to lower grades and test scores.
The goal of the School Health NJ Project is to improve the physical, mental, emotional and social health and well-being of students and school staff, as well as the health and safety of the school environment.
In partnership with Sustainable Jersey for Schools, this project uses a competitive application process to fund (up to $4,000) 30 public middle- and high-schools to implement one the following health and wellness actions:
- Create an Asthma Friendly School
- Implement Breakfast After the Bell
- Offer Healthy Food Choices
- Access to Free and Healthy Water
- Create or Strengthen Policies to Promote Physical Activity
- Implement Programs to Promote Physical Activity
- Create or Expand a School Garden
- Create a School Wellness Council and Conduct a School Health Assessment
- Implement a Staff Wellness Program
- Creating Opportunities for Personal Empowerment (COPE) Thinking, Emotions, Exercise, Nutrition (TEEN)
- Improving School Culture and Climate