Healthy Schools


Nebraska Healthy Schools Program Recognizes 38 Award Winning Schools

Healthy Children Learn Better

On October 20, 2020 the Nebraska Healthy Schools Program recognized 38 Award Winning Schools who prioritize the health and well-being of schools across Nebraska. The Nebraska Department of Education, Nebraska Healthy Schools Program has recognized for their exemplary efforts in promoting and supporting healthy school environments.

“At no other time in our recent history has the health and well-being of our school communities been more critical for student success than it is today. The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the need for communities, schools, and families to work together to ensure that children’s physical, social-emotional, and mental health needs are being met. We would like to take this opportunity to recognize schools that prioritize the education of the whole child, working to support students to ensure they are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged,” said Jessie Coffey, Registered Dietitian and Whole Child Coordinator at the Nebraska Department of Education.

Gold Award Winners

Grand Island Early Learning Center
Grand Island Senior High
Gordon Rushville High School
Hastings High School
Lincoln Elementary
Winnebago Public Schools
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In addition to recognizing schools for their wellness efforts, school staff, community members, public health professionals, and health advocates joined their peers in a virtual Healthy School Conference to learn about best practices for promoting whole child efforts for staff, students, and families.  Conference sessions addressed the current pandemic and health challenges in our schools and strategies to create a new normal while supporting the needs of the whole child.

The Nebraska Healthy Schools Whole Child conference session recordings are available here for viewing.

If you are a Nutrition Services professional needing a certificate for professional standards, please contact Miranda McNiel at for a certificate after viewing the sessions.

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 November 20, 2020 2:23pm