Using the online tool provided by the Healthy Schools Program, I was able to assess our school (Edward Titche Elementary School) using these three simple steps:
By dividing the Assessment questions between the various members of the CSH committee, we were able to overcome our biggest obstacle: time. We reduced the time it took to complete the Assessment from hours (if only one person had worked on it) to mere minutes for each person or group that completed a module.
My best piece of advice is not to use the Assessment to determine what you’re doing wrong, but rather as a way to see what you’re doing right and where your school can make improvements around health and wellness practices. Don’t get discouraged by the number of needed improvements or try to tackle everything at once. Start by taking baby steps on your way to a healthier school environment.
And remember, the Alliance staff is only a phone call or email away to answer any questions or concerns you may have!
Click here to get started on your Assessment or update your existing Assessment. Remember to contact the Healthy Schools Program support staff at 888-KID-HLTH with any questions.