Welcome to the Dallas ISD Coordinated School Health Webpage!

Our Mission
To coordinate, educate and support district and community efforts that will promote the physical, 
social and emotional well-being of students, staff and families.
 



Announcements
 

It is the time of year to review all of the various activities related to your wellness programming; and to your role as Wellness Champion, through the Dallas ISD MVP Profile.

Please keep in mind this is not an evaluation tool on our end, but is a self-assessment tool for you and your team to use for planning purposes.  We will use the information to guide program resource development for next school year.

Steps to complete your MVP Profile:

  1. Share this printable version with your team to guide completing the profile.
  2. Set up a wellness team meeting and discuss the questions/responses to the profile with your team.
  3. Access the MVP Profile Google Form through this link: MVP Profile Google Form Link (you may want to share this link with your team as well)
  4. Enter your responses on the Google Form (the printable version if for your reference only).
  5. Be sure to select “Send me a copy of my responses” at the very end of the form before you hit submit.
  6. Complete your MVP Profile by May 19, 2017.
  7. Save the email in which the link to the form is sent to you – feel free to share with your entire team!
  8. You will want to have this data, and access to the form, for Wellness Team planning purposes.

Connecting Wellness Workshops are now available - register on SchoolNet today!

How Do You Ensure Every Kid is Healthy? Join Every Kid Healthy Week 2017
Action for Healthy Kids invites you to join us for the 5th Annual Every Kid Healthy Week, April 24-28, 2017. Every Kid Healthy Week is an annual observance created to celebrate school health and wellness achievements and recognized on the calendar of National Health Observances. Learn more about how to get involved at EveryKidHealthyWeek.org and register your school’s event to join the movement on AFHK’s School Portal. Questions about registering or planning your event? Check out our step-by-step guide to registering your school and other great resources.
 
Looking for mini-grants to support your event? The first 250 schools that register an event that includes a healthy snacking activity will receive a $100 stipend from our partner and Every Kid Healthy Week sponsor GoGo squeeZ. Plus, Kohl’s employees are eager and ready to volunteer at your school, so register your event in order to recruit local volunteers who can help make your event a success.

Healthy Texas Week, presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas,  an annual initiative of IT’S TIME TEXAS, runs from May 1- 7th (Click here for the flyer).  Pledge on behalf of the District and have campuses share 5 days of morning announcements. Sign your PLEDGE HERE
 
During this week-long celebration of healthy living in the Lone Star State, Texans are encouraged to Shop for healthy items, Sweat by getting physically active, and Share pictures and videos of their healthy activities on social media ( Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram) with the hashtag #HealthyTexasWeek! 

We're asking schools to deliver our healthy morning announcements each day, to start the day with a health fact and brief Energizer from IT'S TIME TEXAS' Teach Healthier App!  
In celebration of Healthy Texas Week, our friends at Camp Gladiator are generously offering a free week of camp to all Texans! Just download this voucher and bring it to any Texas CG location with you. Happy sweating!

Campus Wellness Team Resources 

Campus Wellness Team FormAlso in printable format - Wellness Team Form (Download)
  • The Connecting Wellness Calendar is the foundation of the Dallas ISD Coordinated School Health initiative. It links together the CATCH Themes, Wellness Theme Day, National Observances, Dallas Events, and Character Education.
  • The goal of the Wellness Theme Days (uploaded at the start of each six weeks) is to identify the six days in that particular six weeks that you can "focus" your Wellness Team efforts.  Each Wellness Team Component area in the Theme Day drives you back to your CATCH Curriculum, Connecting Wellness Calendar, and other applicable resources for that specific six weeks only.
  • The MVP Snapshot has been adapted from the CATCH MVP list.  The language represents three overarching goals that encompass the components of Coordinated School Health.
  • The MVP Profile is an assessment tool that addresses coordination, as well as set action steps for the school year.  The MVP Profile is an online Google Doc that should be completed by the Campus Wellness Team.
CSH Theme Days

CSH/Wellness Team Presentations

PowerPoint presentations for faculty meetings, student assemblies, etc.

Wellness Team Champion Supplemental Pay 


                                                                Family Wellness Event Kit

Family Wellness Event "Fit Kit" Guide and Request Form - The "Fit Kit" is a set of booth items that can be checked out from the Health and Physical Education Department to assist in conducting a wellness event on your campus (e.g., health fair, family fit night, etc.)
Parent Engagement - CDC Resource Page

Elementary Recess Toolkit

Dallas ISD has a new Board Policy on Recess. EEC(LOCAL) requires all elementary campuses to offer recess a minimum of thirty (30) minutes each day for all students in grades PK-5.  

To support schools in providing a safe and meaningful recess program, a brief faculty/staff training has been developed by a steering committee of Dallas ISD classroom teachers, physical education teachers, and support staff from the Health and Physical Education Department.


Please note, the slide presentation provides recommendations and model practices;  it is a campus-based decision as to how each school will follow Board Policy.
Recess Guide for Schools

NEW!  SHAPE America, Strategies for RECESS in Schools 

Staff Wellness Toolkit

Each day school staff dedicate time and energy to support their students’ health ‒ from incorporating nutrition education into classroom lessons to serving healthy meals with a smile in the cafeteria. But it’s just as important to remember that staff need their health supported, too. Here’s why:

  • Staff wellness programs help reduce stress and boost morale, productivity and effectiveness in the workplace.
  • Improving staff wellness can directly impact student health, not just through improved job performance, but also through positive role-modeling of healthy behaviors.
  • Teachers experience high rates of turnover and burnout; but by prioritizing employee wellness, schools can help staff feel that they are valued and appreciated.
  • Healthy employees can help schools’ bottom line by reducing costs associated with health care and absenteeism. 

Staff Wellness Toolkit Facilitator's Guide

Staff Wellness Toolkit


CATCH Resources

Click on the links below to access the electronic documents from the CATCH Coordination Toolkit and other applicable resources.

To submit your CATCH Inventory please select from Elementary or Middle School links below.  If you would like any resources ordered for your school, please send an email request after completing the inventory form.

Elementary CATCH Resource Inventory Form

Middle School CATCH Resource Inventory Form

Additionally, check out elementary PE "Health" Games.  Existing CATCH activities, as well as other physical activities, have been given a "twist" to correlate with Health TEKS.  As elementary PE teachers are required have kids moving for 135 minutes per week, these games were designed to reinforce Health TEKS through movement based activities. 


Activity Breaks

Please see the resources or links below for ideas on activity breaks:

GoNoodle is Having a Positive Impact

GoNoodle, available to all Dallas ISD teachers, gets kids moving to be their smartest, strongest, bravest, silliest, bestest selves. Short, interactive movement videos and games make it awesomely simple and fun to incorporate movement into every part of the day with dancing, stretching, running and even mindfulness activities.  Here is a link to the article that provides even more evidence-based research that active kids learn better!


Archived Connecting Wellness Workshops 

Handouts and presentations from past CSH Connector Workshops:


CIP/Action Plan Supporting Documents:

Find sample action steps to evaluate Coordinated School Health, as well as any additional supporting documents.


  


Archived CSH Showcase Newsletters

        Find all CSH Showcase Newsletters spotlighting the MVP stars in Dallas ISD!  Read about success stories that could be possible at your campus!


Contact Information:

Phone: 972-925-6790

Barbara Johnson, MEd.

Director of Health and Physical Education


Catherine Vowell, MBA
Coordinated School Health Specialist
cvowell@dallasisd.org
 

Josie Flores

Administrative Assistant V

joseflores@dallasisd.org