We work collaboratively with supervisory unions, families, and organizations across Windham County to improve the health and wellbeing of school aged children. Our work is motivated by the idea that the health of students and their academic achievement are deeply intertwined. To achieve this, we partner with schools to develop programs and implement policies that promote health and wellness for students across Windham county.
Better health for our Community’s Children
- We promote the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model to improve each child’s cognitive, physical, social and emotional development. We achieve this through advising School Wellness Teams as they work to build a culture of good health and wellness.
- We promote the Windham County Fit and Healthy Kids Coalition’s toolkit, designed to help classroom teachers and others integrate physical activity and healthy eating into their daily curriculum.
- We partner with schools to promote Vermont’s recommended schedule for well-care visits, which follows Bright Futures, the American Academy of Pediatrics best practice recommendations.
- We strive to decrease the barriers to specific services provided through medical and dental care.
- We support Safe Routes to School, an organization that encourages kids to walk and bike to school (with volunteer adults in the case of younger children).
- We help school nurses locate resources, from information on air quality in schools, to immunization questions, to connecting with local health care providers around school related health issues.
- We are a member of the Windham County Fit and Healthy Kids Coalition, and actively promote the toolkit designed for classroom teachers, parents and caregivers to help promote good nutrition, physical activity and mindfulness. We work with schools to find ways to incorporate this toolkit into their recommended school wellness procedures.
- Our staff helps schools establish school gardens in numerous area schools.
- Our Public Health Nurse partners with schools to promote annual well-care visits throughout their schooling. Over half of our area’s local schools have posted our curated list of resources to their websites or Facebook pages. Designed for parents of school aged children, the list can be found here.
Lynn, Public Health Nurse and School Liaison