School Health and Wellness

Working to reduce the percentage of children who are obese or overweight.

School Health Committee


The Licking County School Wellness Coalition was formed in 2010 and is comprised of school nurses serving the public and private schools in Licking County. There are also several other members of the group representing agencies from across the public health system. The coalition is working to develop health and wellness options that can be offered to the students and faculty in each school building in Licking County. In addition the coalition serves as a mechanism to identify potential disease trends and patterns the nurses have recognized in their schools. If you would like to join the coalition please contact Joann Sherwood, co-chairperson, at or Marilyn Messick, co-chairperson, at

10 Key Strategies

Address physical activity and nutrition through a Coordinated School Health Program (CSHP).

Designate a school health coordinator and maintain an active school health council.

Assess the school's health policies and programs and develop a plan for improvements.

Strengthen the school's nutrition and physical activity policies.

Implement a high-quality health promotion program for school staff.

Implement a high-quality course of study in health education.

Implement a high-quality course of study in physical education

Increase opportunities for students to engage in physical activity.

Implement a quality school meals program.

Ensure that students have appealing, healthy choices in foods and beverages offered outside of the school meals program.


Coordinated School Health (CDC)

Model School Wellness Policies

School Health Index - Self Assessment and Planning Guide

Let's Move