Health Literacy and a Coordinated Approach
The aim of the California Coordinated School Health Program is to enable California’s children and adolescents to become healthy, successful students at school and contributing members in their communities. The program builds a healthy foundation upon which students in California can develop their capabilities for leading rewarding and productive lives.
A coordinated school health approach effectively addresses students’ health, thus improving their ability to learn. This approach features eight interrelated components: health education; physical education; school health services; school nutrition services; school counseling, psychological, and social services; a healthy school environment; and school-site promotion of health for staff.
These components work together to develop and reinforce health-related knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors and make health an important priority at school. The components are linked in a mutually supportive, cooperative system focusing on children's health issues and the development of health literacy.
No single component will achieve the level of health students need to support academic achievement. A coordinated approach to school health improves students' health and their capacity to learn through the support of families, schools, and communities working together. Following are the eight components of coordinated school health and links to related programs, information, and materials.