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In 2007, Athens City Schools adopted the Coordinated School Health (CSH) model with a goal of connecting health with learning to improve the health and learning of children through the support of families, communities and schools working together.
 

CSH is a national model, developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 1988, consisting of eight major components. The Coordinated School Health model is a method of connecting health and learning that consists of eight inter-related components, which are: health education, health services, counseling, psychological and social services, nutrition, physical education/physical activity, school staff wellness, healthy school environment and student/parent/community involvement. This approach constitutes a systems change by improving students' health and their capacity to learn through personal responsibility, and the support of families, communities and school.

The Coordinated School Health Improvement Act of 2000, TCA 49-1-1002, authorized funding for CSH in 10 pilot sites in Tennessee. In 2006, authority and funding to expand CSH statewide was established based on results from the 10 pilot sites.

For additional information regarding Coordinated School Health, contact Linda McGill, Director, at 423-745-2863 or lmcgill@athensk8.net.