Buckeye Healthy Schools Alliance

Welcome to the Buckeye Healthy Schools Alliance.

Supporting school health programs to improve the health status of Ohio’s young people has never been more important! The Alliance is an opportunity for health, education, and business to work together to support schools in their efforts to reduce (and eliminate) health & education disparities.

About Us

Buckeye Healthy Schools Alliance (BHSA) is Ohio’s leading statewide school health coalition.  BHSA hosts an annual school health conference, offers regional workshops, provides technical assistance to educators and coalitions, disseminates information and otherwise works to educate Ohio about the impact health has on learning. BHSA is a volunteer partnership of those concerned for the health and wellness of students and educators in Ohio.

BHSA Members Include:

  • Civic Leaders & Community Members
  • Educators
  • Government Agencies
  • Health & Education Associations
  • Universities
  • Youth Organizations

BHSA Vision

  • BHSA will impact the learning environment to ensure healthy and successful children.

BHSA Mission

  • To provide programs and services to school personnel, public officials and community leaders to implement and enhance effective coordinated school health programs.
  • To advocate with decision makers and the public for policies, funding and programs which benefit the health of individuals and communities.
  • To serve as a forum for state-wide organizations which share our vision by supporting synergistic collaboration.

Coordinated School Health Model

BHSA promotes and advocates for a process called the Coordinated School Health Model. The Coordinated School Health Model is a planned program designed to enhance the health promoting nature of a school district by altering the culture or environment of the school and surrounding community.  A team of people representing the following eight areas within the school and community, make up the Coordinated School Health Model:

  • Health Education
  • Physical Education
  • Health Services
  • Nutrition Services
  • Counseling and Psychological Services
  • Healthy School Environment
  • Health Promotion for Staff
  • Family/Community Involvement

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ” Schools by themselves cannot – and should not be expected to – solve the nation’s most serious health and social problems. Families, health care workers, the media, religious organizations, community organizations that serve youth, and young people themselves also must be systematically involved.”

For more information on the Coordinated School Health Model, go to http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/CSHP/

Staff Wellness Resources

CDC Healthier Worksite Initiative was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a resource for worksite health promotion program planners. Here you will find information, resources, and step-by-step toolkits to help you improve the health of your employees, including how to establish a stairwell program, and cost-calculators for worksite wellness cost savings.

Doing Well By Being Well: Designing Win Win Wellness Programs is a publication of the Healthy Ohioans Business Council in cooperation with the Healthy Ohioans Program.  Here you’ll find information about the benefits of wellness programs, resources to help you develop your own program, and examples of strategies and tactics that have proven successful.

Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program offers resources and tools to help create a psychologically healthy worksite. Here you will find current research articles, an e-newsletter, and information on different types of psychologically healthy workplace practices.

School Employee Wellness Guide is a web site created to promote and support SCHOOL EMPLOYEE WELLNESS: A Guide for Protecting the Assets of Our Nation’s Schools.  Here you will find a comprehensive guide that provides information, practical tools and resources for school employee wellness programs.

Start! Worksite Wellness Walking Program was created by the American Heart Association.  Here you will find tips and resources to set up “Start! Walking” routes in the workplace, encourage employees to use them, and celebrate and reward those employees who go from a sedentary lifestyle to a more active one. Click here to read more about the

AHA Start! Worksite Wellness – programs.

Wellness Councils of America provides a vast array of resources for worksite wellness including white papers, case studies, workplace checklists, surveys, and tools.  Some resources are free while others are available through the members’ only website.

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