USD 265 announces the receipt of a coordinated school health grant for the 2008-09 school year. Goddard School District has been selected to receive the award as part of the Kansas Coordinated School Health Program.
Coordinated School Health, a joint project of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Department of Education, is designed to bring school personnel, parents, community members and community resources together to develop policies and programs that focus on nutrition, physical activity, tobacco prevention and other topics that impact the health and wellness of all children. A primary focus of the grant program is to encourage schools in Kansas to strengthen and further develop district wellness policies.
Another focus of KCSH is to encourage schools to strengthen and develop district wellness policies. Dr. Alexa Posny, Kansas Commissioner of Education, noted the new grant program is designed to help schools move their wellness policies forward, with the ultimate goal of enhancing academics. Posny stated, "Advancing schools through their wellness policies should facilitate improved health behaviors for students and staff as well as creating an environment that is more conducive to learning."
"Healthy children make better students, and better students make healthy communities," said Coordinated School Health Project Director, Dr. Mark Thompson. "This program emphasizes adopting recommended health practices and lifelong healthy behaviors. Schools can be a valuable link by bringing many resources together for success."
"Kids must start early if they are to learn the lessons for leading a healthy life," said Roderick L. Bremby, Secretary of KDHE. "Kansas Coordinated School Health encourages programs that teach kids how to make healthy choices such as eating right, getting enough exercise and resisting the peer pressure to use tobacco."
More information about the Kansas Coordinated School Health program can be found at: www.kshealthykids.org.