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Tennessee School Health Coalition

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”

- Margaret Mead

The Coalition provides leadership which promotes the multi-disciplinary model of Coordinated School Health for Tennessee’s children and youth.  To join, click here for our membership brochure.

Coordinated School Health (CSH) is an evidenced-based model developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) designed to promote healthy school environments so children arrive at school ready to learn and work towards reducing the obesity rate statewide. Below are some of CSH's achievements. 

CSH Highlights

  •  Tennessee student BMI rates for overweight and obese are declining. BMI rates declined from 41.2 percent in 2007-08 to 38.5 percent in 2012-13.

  • Percent of school districts with active School Health
     Advisory Committees (SHAC’s) increased from 87 percent of all school districts during the 2011-12 school year to 92 percent of all school districts during the 2013-14 school year.

  • Parent and student partnerships are emphasized in all
     aspects of CSH.  CSH Coordinators expanded the average number of partners from 21 community partnerships per school district in 2008-09 to 41 community partners in 2013-14. CSH District Coordinators worked with 5,391 different community partners and coalitions during the 2013014 school year. Also, CSH statewide partnered with 83,939 students and 18,029 parents to address school health priorities during the 2013-14 school year.

  • From 2007-08 to the 2013-14, CSH Coordinators secured
     an additional $142 million in health grants and in-kind resources/gifts for Tennessee schools.

  • According to CDC’s Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance
     survey for high school students, the percentage of Tennessee students who were physically active for a total of at least 60 minutes per day on five or more of the past seven days increased from 33.7 percent in 2005 to 41.4 percent in 2013.

  • During the 2013-14 school year, 158 new school district
     policies/guidelines were approved statewide to address school health concerns. Also, an additional 212 school district policies/guidelines were strengthened. 

  • Seventy-one percent (71 percent) of all school
     districts reported they incorporated health-related goals into their School Improvement Planning (SIP) and/or their Tennessee Comprehensive System-wide Planning Process (TCSPP) district planning agendas.

  • Over 1.3 million student health screenings occurred in
     Tennessee public schools during the 2013-14 school year.  Of those screened, 126,723 students were referred to a health care provider for additional medical attention through parental notification.

  • In 2013-14 there were 3,337,488 student visits to a
     school nurse with 2,956,744 students returned to class for a return to class rate of 89 percent. 

  • At the end of the 2013-14 school year, school districts
     reported an 85 percent compliance rate for schools meeting the 90 Minute per Week student physical activity law.

  • CSH Coordinators worked with community partners to
     establish school-based health clinics. The number of school systems with school-based clinics increased from 12 in 2008-09 to 37 school districts in 2013-14. The number of schools with school-based clinics increased from 54 in 2008-09 to 186 in 2013-14. There have been 726,613 students served in school clinics during the 2008-2009 through 2013-14 school years. 

  • The number of schools providing bullying prevention
     programs to students increased from 744 schools in    2011-12 to 1,452 schools in 2013-14. Also, 1,636 schools provided bullying prevention training for teachers and staff.

  • Seventy-eight percent (78 percent) of all school
     systems provided staff health screenings during the    2013-14 school year. 


  • ​​Since the inception of Coordinated School Health, CSH
     District Coordinators have worked with community partners to develop walking tracks/trails in 467 schools, developed in-school fitness rooms for students in 289 schools, provided 331 schools with new or updated playgrounds and 324 schools with gardens.