Students benefit from a consistent reinforced message that supports healthy behaviors. Schools with effective CSHP have reported the following*:
  • Reduced school absenteeism

  • Fewer behavior problems in the classroom

  • Improved student performance-higher test scores, more alert students, and more positive attitudes among students

  • New levels of cooperation and collaboration among parents, teachers, school and health officials, and organizations within the community

  • A more positive spirit among educators and their students

  • The inclusion of health awareness in the fabric of children's lives

  • Young people who are more prepared to become productive members of their communities and who can better cope with the world around them

Efforts involving schools and communities can reduce risky behaviors, such as smoking, drinking and drug use. Some evaluated efforts have helped students learn to eat well, exercise more frequently, or improve their school performance*. Others have decreased fighting at school, cut down on course failure, lowered rates of teen pregnancy, and/or decreased depression and suicidal behavior*.

*Source: Why support a Coordinated approach to School Health, American Association of State and Territorial Health Officers.

This information is provided by the Coordinated School Health Program within the Department of Public Health.