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Whole school, whole community, whole child (formerly Coordinated School Health)

In 2014, the coordinated school health model was expanded and combined with the whole child framework to form the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Initiative. The original eight components have been expanded to ten (health education; physical education and physical activity; nutrition environment and services; health services; counseling, psychological, and social services; social and emotional climate; physical environment; employee wellness; family engagement and community involvement).
In order for schools to implement a coordinated school health program, they should start with an assessment. The CDC recommends use of the School Health Index.
Section 204 of Public Law 108-265, the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 required each school entity participating in the National School Lunch and/or School Breakfast Program to develop a local wellness policy.
Updated: March 2018