Mississippi State Department of Health

Coordinated School Health


The MSDH School Health Program works to make all Mississippi children healthy, ready to learn, and prepared to make lifelong healthy choices through the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child approach.

Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child

Students need good health to learn their best. And schools are the best place for youth to learn about healthy living. This interrelationship means that good health and development are more than just a subject in school or a portion of the day — they take part in every aspect of learning, teaching and living. The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child approach brings all these elements together:


MSDH works in cooperation with the Mississippi Department of Education's Office of Healthy Schools and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Healthy Youth Division to meet the goals of coordinated school health.

Resources for School Health


Physical Activity

In many communities, schools offer a variety of recreational facilities — from playgrounds to gymnasiums — where safe places to play and exercise might not otherwise exist. Joint use agreements create a partnership between schools and residents in a community to share spaces such as playgrounds, athletic fields, pools, and gymnasiums outside of school hours. They can also be used to make community facilities available to schools.

Joint use lets costs and responsibilities be shared, while increasing the opportunities for physical activity for everyone involved.

Physical Activity Resources

Chronic Conditions

Other Resources

School Health



Community & School Health Program
Mississippi State Department of Health
P.O. Box 1700
Jackson, MS 39215-1700

Phone: 601-206-1559

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Links referenced on this page
View the guidelines    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,7003,404,pdf/ReturnToSchoolGuidelines%20.pdf
learn their best    http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/health_and_academics/
Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child    http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/wscc/
Mississippi Healthy Students Act    http://www.mdek12.org/OHS/HealthyStudentsAct
FERPA/HIPAA Guidelines    http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/doc/ferpa-hipaa-guidance.pdf
Office of Healthy Schools    http://www.mdek12.org/OHS
Healthy Youth    http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/CSHP/
Read the full poll results    http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/about/news-room/news/2015/05/20/8-in-10-mississippi-voters-support-healthy-school-food-standards
Tips for Parents — Ideas to Help Children Maintain a Healthy Weight    http://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/children/index.html
Children's BMI Tool for Schools    http://cdc.gov/healthyweight/assessing/bmi/childrens_bmi/tool_for_schools.html
Shared Use Agreements: Best Practices Toolkit    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,0,343,86,html ok
Physical Activity Guidelines for Children and Adolescents    https://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/physicalactivity/guidelines.htm
Winning with Asthma: Coach's Clipboard Training    http://www.winningwithasthma.org/
School Health Index    http://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/shi/
Health Education Curriculum Analysis    http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/HECAT/
Physical Education Curriculum Analysis    http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/PECAT/
Make Breastfeeding Part of Your School's Wellness Plan    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,0,343,92,html ok
More school health resources    http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/
American School Health Association    http://www.ashaweb.org
National Association of School Nurses    http://www.nasn.org
Mississippi School Nurse Association    http://www.msschoolnurses.org/home
Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi    http://www.msdiabetes.org
National Center for Safe Routes to School    http://www.saferoutesinfo.org
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics    http://www.eatright.org

Resources referenced
View the guidelines    https://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,7003,404,pdf/ReturnToSchoolGuidelines%20.pdf ok

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