School Health Index

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The School Health Index (SHI): Self-Assessment & Planning Guide 2014 is an online self-assessment and planning tool that schools can use to improve their health and safety policies and programs. It's easy to use and completely confidential.

The SHI was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in partnership with school administrators and staff, school health experts, parents, and national nongovernmental health and education agencies to:

  • Enable schools to identify strengths and weaknesses of health and safety policies and programs
  • Enable schools to develop an action plan for improving student health, which can be incorporated into the School Improvement Plan
  • Engage teachers, parents, students, and the community in promoting health-enhancing behaviors and better health
  • The SHI is based on CDC's research-based guidelines for school health programs, which identify the policies and practices most likely to be effective in reducing youth health risk behaviors.

    The SHI 2014 features:

  • Updated nutrition content to align with new USDA regulations, including Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards.
  • Revised physical education content to align with updated national standards and advancements in physical activity programming.
  • The Alliance for a Healthier Generation's Healthy Schools Program has adopted CDC's School Health Index as its assessment tool to help schools assess their current policies and practices as well as track progress over time.

    The School Health Index (SHI): Self-Assessment & Planning Guide 2014 (and related materials) is available as an interactive, customizable online tool or downloadable, printable version.

    The SHI has two activities that are to be completed by teams from your school: the eight self-assessment modules and a planning for improvement process:

  • The self-assessment process involves members of your school community coming together to discuss what your school is already doing to promote good health and to identify your strengths and weaknesses. The SHI allows you to assess the extent to which your school implements the types of policies and practices recommended by CDC in its research-based guidelines for school health and safety policies and programs.
  • After you complete the self-assessment process, you will be asked to identify recommended actions your school can take to improve its performance in areas that received low scores. You will then be guided through a simple process for prioritizing the various recommendations.
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    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    Topic Areas: 
    Environmental Health
    Target Audience: 
    Grades Pre K-12
    Geographic Location: 
    All Minnesota
    Outside Minnesota
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