Q: How do schools help improve the dietary and physical activity behaviors of students?
A: Schools play a particularly critical role by establishing a safe and supportive environment with policies and practices that support healthy behaviors. Schools also provide opportunities for students to learn about and practice healthy eating and physical activity behaviors.
Q: How was the WSCC model developed?
A: The components of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model were developed from the previous CDC Coordinated School Health approach and ASCD’s Whole Child framework.
Q: What is the basis for the multicomponent approach?
A: The basis for the approach is to partner with schools to improve outcomes because establishing healthy behaviors during childhood is easier and more effective than trying to change unhealthy behaviors during adulthood.
Q: How does the WSCC improve collaboration between education and health sectors?
A: The WSCC model improves alignment, integration, and collaboration between education and health to improve each child’s cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development. It incorporates the components of a coordinated school health program around the tenets of a whole child approach to education and provides a framework to address the symbiotic relationship between learning and health.