Mississippi State Department of Health

The MSDH School Health Program works to make all Mississippi children healthy, ready to learn, and prepared to make lifelong healthy choices through the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child approach.

Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child

Students need good health to learn their best. And schools are the best place for youth to learn about healthy living. This interrelationship means that good health and development are more than just a subject in school or a portion of the day — they take part in every aspect of learning, teaching and living. The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child approach brings all these elements together:


MSDH works in cooperation with the Mississippi Department of Education's Office of Healthy Schools and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Healthy Youth Division to meet the goals of coordinated school health.

Resources for School Health


Physical Activity

In many communities, schools offer a variety of recreational facilities — from playgrounds to gymnasiums — where safe places to play and exercise might not otherwise exist. Joint use agreements create a partnership between schools and residents in a community to share spaces such as playgrounds, athletic fields, pools, and gymnasiums outside of school hours. They can also be used to make community facilities available to schools.

Joint use lets costs and responsibilities be shared, while increasing the opportunities for physical activity for everyone involved.

Physical Activity Resources

Chronic Conditions

Other Resources

School Health



Community & School Health Program
Mississippi State Department of Health
P.O. Box 1700
Jackson, MS 39215-1700

Phone: 601-206-1559

CDC and SHAPE America Recess in Schools Web Badge Prevent Teen  Pregnancy www.cdc.gov/TeenPregnancy  Promote healthy eating and physical activity in schools. New Guidelines Available!   http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/npao/strategies.htm

Links referenced
learn their best    http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/health_and_academics/
Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child    http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/wscc/
Mississippi Healthy Students Act    http://www.mdek12.org/OHS/HealthyStudentsAct
FERPA/HIPAA Guidelines    http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/doc/ferpa-hipaa-guidance.pdf
Office of Healthy Schools    http://www.mdek12.org/OHS
Healthy Youth    http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/CSHP/
More school health resources    http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/

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