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Wellness in APS
Erica Riedlin, RD
Healthy Schools Coordinator
ext. 28515


(From the Centers for Disease Control)

A collaborative approach to learning and health

Establishing healthy behaviors during childhood is easier and more effective than trying to change unhealthy behaviors during adulthood. Schools play a critical role in promoting the health and safety of young people and helping them establish lifelong healthy behavior patterns.  Research shows a link between the health outcomes of young people and their academic success. To have the most positive impact on the health outcomes of young people, government agencies, community organizations, schools, and other community members must work together through a collaborative and comprehensive approach.

The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model expands on the eight elements of the CDC's coordinated school health (CSH) approach and is combined with the whole child framework of the ASCD.  The CDC and ASCD developed this expanded model- in collaboration with key leaders from the fields of health, public health, education, and school health - to strengthen a unified and collaborative approach designed to improve learning and health in our nation's schools. 

For more information the WSCC model, click here!WSCC model graphic


This year the APS District Wellness Team has a goal for all APS Elementary, Middle School and K-8 Schools to complete the Colorado Healthy Schools Smart Source Survey. This survey can help assess a school's programs and policies by showing how that school compares to other Colorado schools addressing best practices.

The goals of the survey are to streamline previous multiple school health tools and reduce the burden on schools, to improve the quality of school-level health policy and practice data, and to increase the number of schools assessing their health policies and practices. 

This tool can help schools identify areas of need related to health, and make the case for resources such as funding and community partnerships. Please contact Erica Riedlin to find out more, or to access your school's specific online survey. 

Sample Smart Source Report

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