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Background & Overview

Research shows that healthy kids are better learners and healthy staff are more engaged as school and community members. The school environment shapes daily choices that influence health. A school wellness policy is the first step to creating a school environment that supports health for students and staff. All school districts participating in the National School Lunch Program or the School Breakfast Program are required to develop and implement a school district wellness policy. This requirement is a result of the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 and most recently, the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010.

 We encourage you to watch the Place Matters Oregon video and Ted Talk by Sam Kass, these videos describe the intent behind school wellness policies.

Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model

WSCCModel.png This project is made possible through a five-year federal grant entitled, “Improving Student Health and Academic Achievement through Nutrition, Physical Activity and the Management of Chronic Conditions in Schools,” through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Division of Population Health, School Health Branch and utilizes the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model. More information can be found at CDC Healthy Schools.

Health and education affect individuals, society, and the economy and, as such, must work together whenever possible. Schools are a perfect setting for this collaboration. Schools are one of the most efficient systems for reaching children and youth to provide health services and programs, as approximately 95 percent of all U.S. children and youth attend school. At the same time, 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.

The WSCC Model highlights the School Health Components which every school should have to ensure the health, safety, and wellbeing of their students, staff, and environment. All of the School Health Components are present amongst the Indicators of the Healthy and Safe Tenets, but by using the WSCC Model, schools, districts, and communities are able to highlight these areas and direct more attention towards them.
​The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child, or WSCC model, is CDC’s framework for addressing health in schools.   The WSCC model is student-centered and emphasizes the role of the community in supporting the school, the connections between health and academic achievement and the importance of evidence-based school policies and practices. The WSCC model has 10 components:
  1. Physical education and physical activity.
  2. Nutrition environment and services.
  3. Health education.
  4. Social and emotional climate.
  5. Physical environment.
  6. Health services.
  7. Counseling, psychological and social services.
  8. Employee wellness.
  9. Community involvement.
  10. Family engagement.
Learn more about each of the 10 components.​
Resources organized by each component​

​The WSCC model meets the need for greater emphasis on both the psychosocial and physical environment as well as the increasing roles that community agencies and families play in improving childhood health behaviors and development. The WSCC model also addresses the need to engage students as active participants in their learning and health. CDC and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum (ASCD) developed the WSCC model—in collaboration with key leaders from the fields of health, public health, education, and school health—to strengthen a unified and collaborative approach designed to improve learning and health in our nation’s schools.
​Establishing healthy behaviors during childhood is easier and more effective than trying to change unhealthy behaviors during adulthood. Schools play a critical role in promoting the health and safety of young people and helping them establish lifelong healthy behaviors. Every school has a unique set of needs. To better serve their students, school leaders and staff can incorporate the WSCC model components as they see fit. To see the WSCC model in action, visit our Virtual Healthy School.

​Family and community involvement in schools is important to the learning, development and health of students. When schools engage families in meaningful ways to improve student health and learning, families can support and reinforce healthy behaviors in multiple settings—at home, in school, in out-of-school programs, and in the community. With help from school leaders, community agencies and groups can collaborate with schools to provide valuable resources for student health and learning. In turn, schools, students, and their families can contribute to the community through service-learning opportunities and by sharing school facilities with community members (e.g., school-based community health centers and fitness facilities).

Purpose and Outcomes

  • To increase the number of students who consume nutritious food and beverages (i.e., those aligned with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans),
  • To increase the number of students who participate in daily physical education and physical activity; and
  • To increase the number of students who can effectively manage their chronic health conditions

School and Community Goals

  • Prevent chronic disease and promote health and well-being
  • Increase academic success
  • Develop highly qualified, trained, and supported staff
  • Integrated health prevention and care services

Wellness Policies


​Local Wellness Policies are an important vehicle for enhancing and sustaining school wellness efforts. Each local educational agency that participates in the National School Lunch Program or other federal Child Nutrition programs is required by federal law to establish a local school wellness policy for all schools under its jurisdiction.

We encourgage you to view this Ted Talk by Sam Kass, this video describes the intent behind school wellness policies.

Wellness Awards


​The Oregon Department of Education, the Nutrition Council of Oregon, the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council, and OregonASK team up yearly to reward exemplary School & Afterschool Programs for creating and sustaining a culture of wellness for youth and staff.

As winners of these awards they receive the following:
  • School Programs selected will receive statewide recognition, a personalized plaque, and a custom banner, as well as a $2,500 award to be used to further nutrition, physical activity and/or other wellness efforts within their school.
  • Afterschool Programs selected will receive statewide recognition, a personalized plaque, and a custom banner, as well as a $1,000 award to be used to further nutrition, physical activity and/or other wellness efforts within their program.
The Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council provides the cash award and a recognition banner for each winner.

The Wellness Award applications currently closed.​

Congratulations to 2021-2021 School Wellness and the Afterschool Wellness Award Winners!

  • Ventura Park Elementary, David Douglas School District
  • Pleasant Hill High School, Pleasant Hill School District
  • Boys & Girls Club of Albany
  • Eugene Family YMCA
  • Gervais Elementary, Gervais School District
  • Robert Frost Elementary,Silver Falls School District
  • Boys & Girls Club of Salem, Knudson Branch
  • Jason Lee Elementary, Portland School District
  • ​Wilson Elementary, Corvallis School District
  • Madison Elementary, K-3, Coos Bay School District
  • McNary Heights Elementary, K- 5, Umatilla School District
  • Vern Patrick Elementary, K-5, Redmond School District
  • St. Paul School Elementary, preK-6, St. Paul School District​
  • Adams Elementary, K-5, Corvallis School District​
  • Milwaukie High School, 9-12, North Clackamas School District
  • ​Hudson Park Elementary School, K – 12, Rainier School District
  • Sams Valley Elementary School, PK – 5, Central Point School District #6
  • Serendipity Center, K - 12
  • ​Robert Gray Middle School, 6-8, Portland Public Schools
  • Elk Meadow Elementary, K-5, Bend/LaPine SD
  • Lent School, K-8, Portland Public Schools
  • ​Lynch View Elementary School, K-6, Centennial SD
  • Lincoln Elementary School, K-5, Corvallis SD
  • Crescent Valley High School, 9-12, Corvallis SD
  • ​Benson Polytechnic High School, 9-12, Portland Public Schools
  • Chenowith Elementary School, K-5, North Wasco County SD
  • Meriwether Lewis Elementary, K-5, Portland Public School
  • ​James John Elementary, K-5, Portland Public Schools
  • John Muir School, K-8, Ashland SD
  • Bonanza Schools, K-12, Klamath County SD
  • ​Sabin Elementary, K-8, Portland Public Schools
  • Willamina Elementary, K-5, Willamina SD
  • Garfield Elementary, K-5, Corvallis SD
  • ​Fairview Elementary, K-6, Klamath Falls City Schools
  • Hoover Elementary, K-5, Corvallis SD
  • Sacramento Elementary, K-5, Parkrose SD
  • ​Blossom Gulch Elementary, K-4, Coos Bay SD
  • Centennial Learning Center, 7-12, Centennial SD
  • Mosier Community School, K-6, North Wasco County SD
  • ​Abernethy Elementary, K-5, Portland Public Schools
  • Franklin School, K-8, Corvallis SD
  • Joseph School District, K-12

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