MCSHC 2015 Annual Conference
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Missouri Farm to School Conference
October 20, 2015
Bradford Farm, Columbia, MO
University of Missouri Extension is hosting a statewide Farm to School conference. This one-day conference will feature an exciting array of speakers that will discuss how schools and producers can work together to increase the amount of local products served in school meal programs. The conference will include time for school food service staff and local producers to meet and network. Local farmers, processors, distributors, school personnel and others interested in the use of local foods in schools should attend.
Action for Healthy Kids
Action for Healthy Kids and Missouri Coordinated School Health Coalition have teamed up to work together to fight childhood obesity, undernourishment and physical inactivity by helping our schools become healthier places so kids can live healthier lives. You will find details and resources on the Action for Healthy Kids web page.
The Action for Healthy Kids provided support for a recent document on the link between health and academics. The document was based on information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention research activity, which presents evidence that” the academic achievement of America’s youth is strongly linked with their health”. The document focused on what is known about the relationship between dietary behaviors, physical activity and academic achievement. The message confirms that “Healthy Students are Better Learners”, and that “Schools are the Right Place for a Healthy Start”.
A recent AFHK webinar introduced “Healthy Kids. Successful Students. Stronger Communities. As part of that webinar, they shared the document, “Health and Academic Achievement Overview”. This document contains the key research, audience-specific core messages, action steps and resources about the link between health and academic achievement. See a PDF version of this overview.
The Missouri Coordinated School Health Coalition (MCSHC) is a collaborative of organizations and individuals whose primary responsibility is to assist schools in their student health and wellness initiatives. The coalition does this by promoting the use of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) coordinated school health model. This model focuses on improving students’ health and their capacity to learn through families, schools, and communities working together. The model consists of eight interactive components that develop and emphasize health-related knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors. Schools work within the family and community structure to ensure optimal health and wellness for children.