As employers look at where they are going to locate, increasingly the health and wellness of a population is a factor in their decision."
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam
There is only one state in the nation with Coordinated School Health programs. Tennessee. And the programs are improving children’s health and academic performance.
Coordinated School Health programs are making a difference in student’s health and education:
- 8,000 more Tennessee children were at a healthy weight in 2008-2009 compared to 2007-2008.
- Percentage of students who were physically active for a total of at least 60 minutes per day on five or more of the past seven days has increased dramatically, from 33.7% in 2005 to 47.2% in 2011.
- Coordinated School Health pilot sites consistently outperformed state averages in high school graduation and drop-out rates.
- Within 2 years, the State of Tennessee went from having one of the worst school nutrition environments in the nation to having one of the best.
- Local districts with Coordinated School Health programs have attracted more community partners to work with the schools’ health efforts , including universities, businesses, hospitals, and non-profit organizations.
Connecticut can become a national leader the fight against childhood obesity.
Connecticut’s children will be healthier and better learners.
In Tennessee, experience has demonstrated the difference Coordinated School Health can make in the schools, and in children’s lives:
- Reduced absenteeism
- Fewer classroom behavior problems
- Improved academic performance
- Delayed onset of certain health risk behaviors
- Improved nurse to student ratios
- Increased class time instead of being sent home for illness
- Greater interest in healthy diets
- Increased participation in fitness activities
- Less smoking among students & staff
The Coordinated School Health Program Works. For Our Children.