Mandating health in schools

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As part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Together for Healthy and Successful Schools Initiative, NASBE partnered with Child Trends, the Institute for Health Research and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago and EMT Associates, comprehensively document state education policies and analyze their alignment with the WSCC.The database encompasses policies enacted as of September 2017 for 136 variables across the 10 WSCC domains, as well as a category capturing references to the WSCC model itself.

In an article written for Newsweek, Matthew Lysiak, author of “I document (in the book), through almost a decade of his mother’s emails, Adam’s downward spiral as he gradually lost his tenuous connection with reality.

The WSCC model defines 10 important areas of a healthy school: 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.

Combined, these elements provide a road map for comprehensive policymaking that fully supports students’ well-being.

When gun violence strikes elementary schools and college campuses, the public – including politicians, think tanks, and pundits – inevitably raise the gun control issue.

The mental health of the shooter(s) is – for most people – an afterthought.

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