CDC’s School Health Programs: Improving the Health of our Nation’s Youth (2011)

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This report compiled by the Centers for Disease Control Division of Child and Adolescent Health focuses on how schools can promote health education and decrease health risks children and adolescents face and will face.  The report includes data and information about current (2011) trends regarding health education in schools and also detailed information about CDC’s response and support in schools and towards child and adolescent health promotion.

Schools have a powerful role in promoting the health and safety of young people and helping them establish lifelong healthy behaviors.  Risk behaviors are often established during childhood and adolescence; the six types of health risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death, disability, and social problems in the US are:

  • Tobacco use
  • Unhealthy eating
  • Inadequate physical activity
  • Alcohol and other drug use
  • Sexual behaviors that may result in HIV infection, other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and unintended pregnancy
  • Behaviors that contribute to unintentional injury and violence

The CDC is working with schools by establishing and using the coordinated school health (CSH) approach.  CSH approach focuses on health promotion and education through eight inter-related topics:

  • Health education
  • Physical education
  • Health services
  • Nutrition services
  • Counseling, social and psychological services
  • Healthy and safe school environments
  • Staff wellness
  • Family/community involvement

For more information about CDC’s Coordinated School Health approach, click here.

Citation: National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention. (2011). School health programs: Improving the health of our nation’s youth. p. 1-4

Link to “CDC’s School Health Programs: Improving the Health of our Nation’s Youth” (PDF)

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