Healthy Schools


Nebraska Healthy Schools Recognition and Education Conference

Join us for the Nebraska Healthy Schools Recognition and Education conference on March 25th, in Lincoln.  This event will bring schools together from across the state to recognize exemplary wellness efforts being implemented within the school environment to support staff wellbeing and student academic success during the awards luncheon.

The conference education sessions are designed to grow participants’ knowledge about the connection between health, wellbeing and academic success utilizing the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model.  School staff, students, community members, public health professionals and health advocates are invited to join their peers to learn about best practices in promoting the wellbeing of staff and students from national speakers as well as local experts on key areas of school health, including the staff wellness, nutrition promotion, health services, mental health and physical activity.

Please direct any questions about this conference to Jessie Coffey at

Conference Agenda


Whole School, Whole Community Whole Child Model/Coordinated School Health Approach

Research shows a significant connection between healthy lifestyle behaviors and student academic achievement.  Healthy students learn better and positive school and community connections throughout the K-12 educational period provides a lifetime of health benefits.  Schools are an idea setting to provide student with the resources and opportunities to not only learn skills to support a healthy lifestyle but to also practice healthy behaviors.1

The Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) Healthy Schools program works collaboratively with Nebraska schools to support the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model, a program that includes resources and support for the individual, family, school and the community.

This model is an expansion of the Coordinated School Health approach to school wellness efforts supported by the Nebraska Department of Education.  It emphasizes the relationship between educational attainment and health, by putting the child at the center of a systems designed to support a unified and collaborative approach that recognizes that healthy children learn better.

Current work of the Healthy Schools program focuses on the following key areas: Chronic Disease Management, Nutrition Education, Out of School Tim and Physical Education and Physical Activity.   The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the use of the WSCC model, which is strategically aligned with school health programs and services to assist educators in closing the achievement gap.1


1 Lewallen, T.C., Hunt, Holly, H., Potts ‐ Datema, W., Zaza, S., Giles, W. The whole school, whole community, whole child model: A new approach for improving educational attainment and healthy development for students. Journal of School Health. 2015; 85 (11): 729-739.  DOI: 10.1111/josh.123

Integrating School Health Services Across the WSCC Framework
SHB-WSCC-Integrating-Physical-Education pdf
SHB-WSCC-Integrating-Nutrition pdf

Comprehensive Framework for Addressing the School Nutrition Environment and Services

Healthy Schools page - School_Nutrition_Framework
Link to Welsh Athletics website

School Wellness Policy

Please complete the School Wellness Policy Survey by June 30, 2020, to fulfill the triennial assessment requirement.


Coordinated School Health

A Coordinated School Health Program (CSHP) model consists of eight interactive components. Schools by themselves cannot, and should not be expected to address the nation’s most serious health and social problems. Families, health care workers, the media, religious organizations, community organizations that serve youth and young people themselves also must be systematically involved. However, schools could provide a critical facility in which many agencies might work together to maintain the well-being of young people.

1. Health Education

2. Physical Education

3. Health Services

4. Nutrition Services

5. Counseling and Psychological Services

6. Healthy School Environment

7. Health Promotion for Staff

8. Family/Community Involvement

Team Nutrition offers Preschool, Elementary, Middle, and High School Curriculum.

Project Coordinator – Healthy Schools
Jessie Coffey, MS, RDN, LMNT
Nebraska School Health Grant Coordinator
Phone: (402) 955-6888

Updated February 26, 2020 8:11am