WeTHRIVE! schools can create environments that support and encourage a healthy 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).
Health is Academic
- Health and education affect individuals, society, and the economy and should work together whenever possible.
- Health-related factors like hunger, physical and emotional abuse, and chronic illness can lead to poor school performance.
- Health-risk behaviors like violence, physical inactivity, and early sexual initiation are regularly linked to poor grades and test scores, and lower educational achievement.
- School health strategies can have positive effects on educational outcomes, as well as health-risk behaviors and health outcomes.
- Integrating health services and programs more deeply into the day-to-day life of schools and students represents an untapped tool for raising academic achievement and improving learning.
WeTHRIVE! School Initiative Goal
To improve health, safety, and learning for all children through engagement, coordination, and collaboration of school and community partners and resources.