WeTHRIVE! for Schools
WeTHRIVE! School Initiative Overview
WeTHRIVE! brings parents, teachers, administrators, students, and community members together to create environments in schools that support and encourage a health and safe place to learn, work, and play. WeTHRIVE! schools use the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model to guide their efforts. The 10 components of the WSCC model are: Health Education, Nutrition Environment and Services, Employee Wellness, Social and Emotional School Climate, Physical Environment, Healthy Services, Counseling, Psychological and Social Services, Community Involvement, Family Engagement, Physical Education and Physical Activity (CDC).
- School Health Advisory Council
Every district should have a School Health Advisory Council (or Wellness Committee). School Health Advisory Councils can be district-wide or school-specific. The goal of the School Health Advisory Council is to make policy recommendations, assess the health environment, and keep a pulse on all health-related issues within the school or district. School Health Advisory Councils include a mix of administrators, teachers, parents, school nurse, food service staff, and students. Click here
for more information on how to develop a School Health Advisory Council.
- School Health Index
The School Health Index, created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is a self-assessment tool for schools to identify strengths and opportunities for growth around health and safety. There are eight modules of the School Health Index: (1) School Health and Safety Policies and Environment; (2) Health Education; (3) Physical Education and Other Physical Activity Programs; (4) Nutrition Services; (5) School Health Services; (6) School Counseling, Psychological and Social Services; (7) Health Promotion for Staff; and (8) Family and Community Involvement. Learn more about the School Health Index
, or download a copy of the Elementary
School Health Index and/or Middle/High
School Health Index.
- Smart Snacks in Schools
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 required the United States Department of Agriculture to set nutrition standards for all foods sold in schools outside of the federally-support meal program (sometimes referred to as “competitive foods”). These new standards— known as Smart Snacks in Schools
—build on existing improvements in the school environment and help to ensure that students are only offered nutritious foods during the school day.
- Healthy Celebrations
Holidays and birthdays provide lots of opportunities to have classroom parties throughout the school year—many of which include sugary drinks, candy, and junk food. Why not include fresh seasonal fruit, activities like dancing or follow-the-leader, or craft projects instead of having unhealthy food? Shake up your next classroom party with these ideas
for planning the perfect healthy school celebration.
- Safe Routes to School
The goal of Safe Routes to School
is to encourage all students to walk or bicycle to and from school safely. The Ohio Department of Transportation has lots of resources for schools and parents looking to start a Safe Routes to School program. The first step is to develop a School Travel Plan
, which outlines the school and community intention of encouraging students to walk or bicycle to and from school safely. The School Travel Plan addresses the 6 E’s (Education, Enforcement, Engineering, Encouragement, Equity, and Evaluation) of Safe Routes to School.
- Environmental Health
Schools can have a big impact in reducing and recycling food waste in their cafeterias. Learn some helpful hints on ways to reduce food waste
in school by visiting the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s web page
Cars and buses are among the top sources of pollution near our schools. Idling is harmful to our air quality and health. Schools can start an Idle-Free campaign
to improve the air we breathe.
- Emergency Preparedness
Everyone benefits from having a safe school environment. Here are some links to resources to help prepare for emergencies at school:
- More Resources for Schools