Eight Component Model
THE GREAT BODY SHOP Coordinated School Health Kit provides a coordinated school health model for elementary and middle schools across the United States. Click on a Component below to view descriptions.
A planned, sequential curriculum that addresses the physical, mental, emotional and social dimensions of health – like THE GREAT BODY SHOP! According to the Center of Disease Control, “the curriculum is designed to motivate and assist students to maintain and improve their health, prevent disease, and reduce health-related risk behaviors. It allows students to develop and demonstrate increasingly sophisticated health-related knowledge, attitudes, skills, and practices. The comprehensive health education curriculum includes a variety of topics such as personal health, family health, community health, consumer health, environmental health, sexuality education, mental and emotional health, injury prevention and safety, nutrition, prevention and control of disease, and substance use and abuse.”
Look carefully at our Program Guide – we do all that and more! THE GREAT BODY SHOP is your first step in implementing coordinated school health – but it doesn’t stop there!
All children and adults need to be physically active! Schools encourage students, parents and staff to lead physically active lives both in and out of school. THE GREAT BODY SHOP can help here too. We have lots of P.E. activities integrated into the health lessons, as well as a physical fitness unit for every grade level.
Immunizations, dental check ups, physicals, eye exams and other types of health services have often been a part of school health requirements. Schools are frequently asked to assist families in identifying community resources for health services. In addition, school nurses, medical or health technicians administer medication, and provide on site health assistance. According to CDC, coordinated school health services “…are designed to ensure access or referral to primary health care services or both, foster appropriate use of primary health care services, prevent and control communicable disease and other health problems, provide emergency care for illness or injury, promote and provide optimum sanitary conditions for a safe school facility and school environment, and provide educational and counseling opportunities for promoting and maintaining individual, family, and community health.” THE GREAT BODY SHOP coordinates many of the prescribed activities of health services to work in conjunction with THE GREAT BODY SHOP K-6 Comprehensive Health Curriculum and the activities of the other health advisory team players. This monthly partnership ensures that Health Services is supported by the other components of coordinated school health.
Children need access to a variety of nutritious and appealing meals that accommodate their health and nutrition needs. Food service and school nutrition programs should reflect the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, as well as health and safety standards. The school cafeteria offers students a learning laboratory for classroom nutrition, developing coordinated educational activities to encourage students to make healthful eating and good nutrition a priority for life. The food service staff has important linkages and can make valuable contributions to the other components. THE GREAT BODY SHOP provides many structured activities that facilitate a cooperative effort between health education, parents and the other components.
Counseling Psychological & Social Services
THE GREAT BODY SHOP has always been concerned with the “whole child”. That’s why we purposefully integrated Counseling and Psychological services in the program. Mental, emotional, social and physical health are intertwined. Coordinated school health considers the whole child and provides assistance for the emotional challenges, which often impact a childs ability to cope, learn or be a productive citizen. Counseling and psychological services are required for intervention and referral purposes for many students, family and staff. These services play a significant role in coordinated school health as the realities of diverse, substance abuse, violence, death, child abuse, disabilities, stress and national crisis impact a children’s lives and emotional well being. THE GREAT BODY SHOP provides numerous activities for counselors, social workers and school psychologists to work in concert with the other components to address these sensitive issues.
Healthy School Environment
The physical and aesthetic aspects of the school greatly influence the physical and emotional health of everyone who enters the school grounds. Your school facilities and your school culture work together to say, “This is a healthy and safe place for learning.” Factors that influence the physical environment include the school building and the area surrounding it, any biological or chemical agents that are detrimental to health, and physical conditions such as temperature, noise, and lighting. Factors that influence the emotional environment include staff morale, mutual respect, team building, cooperation, collaboration, nurturing of students, setting high expectations, appreciation and inclusion of parents. THE GREAT BODY SHOP can help the health advisory team identify and address both physical and emotional environmental conditions that directly or indirectly impact the school environment.
Health Promotion for Staff
Are you a “do as I say not as I do” school? THE GREAT BODY SHOP can help improve the wellness of your staff! Having a school wide commitment to health and wellness creates positive role modeling, improved productivity, decreased absenteeism, and reduced health insurance costs. Everyone wins! Opportunities for school staff to improve their health through health-related fitness activities are essential. These opportunities directly encourage school staff members to pursue a healthy lifestyle that contributes to their improved health, improved morale, and a greater personal commitment to the school's overall coordinated health program. Indirectly, these activities demonstrate to students that the adults in their lives “walk the talk”.
Parents have always been partners in the learning process and the community has always provided health service. THE GREAT BODY'S K-8 Comprehensive Health Curriculum has always actively engaged these two partners in the delivery of health education. By using THE GREAT BODY SHOP Coordinated School Health Implementation Guide, the Family/Community component is made even stronger. This component of coordinated school health brings together the school, parents, and community agencies in a new way to form a coalition for enhancing the health and well being of students. School health advisory councils (made up of staff, parents, students and community members) can build support for the overall school health program effort, as well as provide valuable resources for classroom teachers, students and families.