Our Core Beliefs
- Health and learning are directly linked and essential to the development of healthy, resilient citizens. Academic success is an excellent indicator of the overall well-being of youth and a primary predictor of adult health outcomes.
- Schools are uniquely positioned to help students acquire healthy habits for a lifetime. Schools prepare students to be college and career ready, which includes being a health literate adult.
- A coordinated school health (CSH) approach is the most effective and efficient means of promoting healthy citizens. The CSH approach creates a system to support student academic achievement, eliminate gaps, and reduce redundancies across initiatives and funding streams through appropriately licensed and certified disciplines.
- School health professionals should be highly-qualified and practice evidence-based health and education strategies. The need for undergraduate and graduate training in health education and the need for certified, licensed or state-endorsed professionals is addressed in this belief and supported through the Healthy People 2020 objectives.
- Schools should be safe, nurturing environments that facilitate learning for all. School climate, school connectedness and a caring, safe learning environment promote student success and teacher retention through parent and community partnerships, policies and practices.
Download the Core Beliefs Document.