School health profiles 2016 : characteristics of health programs among secondary schools
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School health profiles 2016 : characteristics of health programs among secondary schools

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      In 2014, more than 95% of young people aged 7–17 years in the United States were enrolled in school.1 Because young people attend school about six hours a day approximately 180 days per year during a critical period of their development, schools are in a unique position to help improve the health status of children and adolescents nationwide. To measure progress in the implementation of school policies and practices to help improve the health of school-aged youth, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in collaboration with state and local education and health agencies, developed the School Health Profiles (Profiles). Profiles has been conducted biennially since 1996 and includes state, large urban school district, and territorial surveys of principals and lead health education teachers in middle and high schools. Profiles helps education and health agencies in these jurisdictions monitor and assess characteristics of and trends in school health education; physical education and physical activity; practices related to bullying and sexual harassment; school health policies related to tobacco-use prevention and nutrition; school-based health services; family engagement and community involvement; and school health coordination.

      To support a unified and collaborative approach to learning and health, ASCD and CDC led the development of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model. This model “incorporates the components of a coordinated school health program around the tenets of a whole child approach to education and provides a framework to address the symbiotic relationship between learning and health.”2 Profiles provides information on seven of the 10 components of the WSCC model: health education, physical education and physical activity, nutrition environment and services, social and emotional climate, health services, family engagement, and community involvement.2 Profiles also provides information on the coordination of all components of school health.

      Suggested citation: Brener ND, Demissie Z, McManus T, Shanklin SL, Queen B, Kann L. School Health Profiles 2016: Characteristics of Health Programs Among Secondary Schools. Atlanta: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; 2017


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