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0-01: An inclusive, respectful school climate
0-03: Protection of student and staff confidentiality
0-08: Partnerships with community service providers
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8-03 - Provision of wellness programs for staff
 

Provide staff wellness and health promotion programs for school staff based on an assessment of their needs and interests.

   
Rationale
 

Employees' mental health and physical health are essential to the success of a school system. The promotion of staff members' own health helps them to become positive role models for students and increases their commitment to promoting student health and safety. Staff who are fit and healthy may be expected to have fewer absences and have more energy.

   
Commentary
 

Work site health promotion (staff wellness) is not institutionalized in many school settings. School-site health promotion programs for staff may not only impact the health of school faculty and staff, but also have effects on students, their families, and community members. Examples of health promotion programs for school staff include: health screenings, physical activity and fitness programs, nutrition education, weight management, smoking cessation, and stress management. Aside from local school programs, school district and state offices (e.g., departments of health and education) can develop health promotion programs that involve school staff.

Once wellness and health promotion programs are available, encourage staff to participate in these programs. Examples of promotion ideas include introducing wellness programs to new staff at their orientation sessions, presenting information at regular staff meetings, including flyers and brochures with paychecks, putting information into newsletter articles and e-mail messages, and offering health insurance discounts for participants.

   
REFERENCES
 

Allegrante JP. School-site health promotion for staff. In Marx E, Wooley SF, eds. Health is Academic: A Guide to Coordinated School Health Programs. New York, NY: Teacher's College Press; 1998.

Henderson AC. Healthy Schools, Healthy Futures: The Case for Improving School Environment. Santa Cruz, CA: ETR Associates; 1993.

Institute of Medicine. Schools and Health: Our Nation's Investment. Washington, DC: National Academy Press; 1997.

Marx E, Wooley SF, eds. Health is Academic: A Guide to Coordinated School Health Programs. New York, NY: Teachers College Press; 1998.

Module 7: Health promotion for staff. In: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. School Health Index for Physical Activity and Healthy Eating: A Self-Assessment and Planning Guide. Middle School/High School Version. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; 2000. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dash/SHI/index.htm.

 
          
 
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