SHAC - Who are we and What do we do?


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I wanted to raise awareness of this council. We are a local voice to the school board. Please feel free to let me know if you would like something presented to the council for discussion.

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  • Please note that children are not indicated as Obese but are labeled overweight or at risk of being overweight. In adult terms a child that is overweight is obese.
  • SHAC - Who are we and What do we do?

    1. 1. Lewisville ISD School Health Advisory Councils Welcome Stephanie Gage, Director of Health Services Sheila Gardner, Health and Physical Education Coordinator Alesia Dick, SHAC Secretary 1
    2. 2. Goal and Objectives Empower You to Help Your School District Have an Exemplary School Health Advisory Council 1 Understand the value of a SHAC 2 Understand the of the law 3 Provide best practices: •Recruitment •Organization •Effectiveness 4 Provide practical information, resources, and strategies 2
    3. 3. Introductions •• •• •• Name Name Your Profession Your Profession The School Your Child The School Your Child Attends Attends •• What Interested You What Interested You About Being A Part of About Being A Part of SHAC SHAC 4
    4. 4. School Health Advisory Councils Why They Make A Difference 5
    5. 5. WHY is School Health SO Important? Education and health are inseparable; students can be taught good health habits and healthy kids learn better. Healthy Kids Miss Less School. Healthy Kids Present Fewer Behavior Problems. Healthy Kids Have Better Attitudes. Healthy Kids Stay In School. 6
    6. 6. Why Is School Health So Important? Youth who feel connected to their families and schools are healthier and less likely to get into trouble. When parents are involved in schools, learning, behavior and attitudes improve. 7
    7. 7. In the old days… In the old days we had PE every day. In the old days everyone ate in the cafeteria. In the old days there were no soda and snack machines in school. In the old days we worried about polio and measles, now we worry about diabetes and STDs. 8
    8. 8. s m Reported by Teachers le in the 40’s ob Pr Talking/Chewing gum Making noise Running in the halls Out of place in line Improper clothing Not using wastebasket Messy locker Holding hands Reported by Teachers Today Drug/Alcohol abuse Pregnancy Suicide Rape Robbery Assault Arson Bombing 9
    9. 9. Youth Risk Behaviors  Tobacco Use  Poor Food Choices and Inappropriate Portion Sizes  Inadequate Physical Activity  Alcohol and Drug Use  Sexual Behaviors That Can Transmit HIV and other STD’s  Unintended Pregnancy  Intentional and Unintentional Injuries, Often Due to Violence 10
    10. 10. The problems caused by these behaviors reduce children’s school attendance and success. Education and health are linked Schools alone cannot address all the health needs of children, BUT… 11
    11. 11. Schools can provide a focal point for preventing or reducing risky health behaviors and for promoting healthy ones. 12
    12. 12. To find at risk children, simply look for a child. With violence, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, poverty, HIV, lack of physical activity and poor nutrition --all our children are at risk. 13
    13. 13. Promote Healthy Behaviors Refusal Skills Decision Making Goal Setting Communication Healthy Relationship Building  Interest in Alternative Health Promotion Activities      14
    14. 14. National Trends Adults Obesity Trends* Among U.S. Adults BRFSS, 1990, 1999, 2008 (*BMI ≥30, or about 30 lbs. overweight for 5’4” person) 1999 1990 2008 No Data <10% 10%–14% 15%–19% 20%–24% 25%–29% ≥30% 15
    15. 15. National Trends in Child Overweight 16
    16. 16. Rate of Childhood Overweight-Texas Overweight At Risk for Overweight 4th Grade 23% 19% 8th Grade 20% 19% 11th Grade 19% 17% •Table 2. Prevalence of overweight1 and at-risk-of overweight2 in Texas school-age children between 2004 and 2005 17
    17. 17. For the first time in history, the adolescent population is less healthy than its parents were at the same age. 18
    18. 18. WHAT HAS THIS GOT TO DO WITH US? If you aren’t part of the solution, you are part of the problem! We need strong, informed leadership in our schools to truly have an impact. You care and you are here! 19
    19. 19. Concerns About School Health Funding is limited, but this is an opportunity to look at what is in place and what can be improved. There are funding sources for new ideas to improve children’s health. 20
    20. 20. Concerns About School Health A truly coordinated school health plan can actually take less time overall because it reduces duplication of efforts. 21
    21. 21. Concerns About School Health The needs and concerns of youth and their families has changed and schools need to change to meet those needs. 22
    22. 22. What is a School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) A SHAC is a group of individuals representative of segments of the community, appointed by the school district to serve at the district level. They provide advice on coordinated school health programming and its impact on student health and learning. A SHAC provides recommendations that impact the entire school district. 23
    23. 23. A History of SHACs 24
    24. 24. History of SHAC Session 1 Session 1 Human Sexuality Only Session 2 Session 2 Health Education Only Session 3 Session 3 Coordinated School Health 25
    25. 25. SHAC Roles and Responsibilities • Every school district must have a SHAC • They should focus on the district not individual campuses • The make recommendations to the school board • They do not have legal authority • The members must be a majority of parents and community leaders along with a few school district personnel • SHACs have certain restrictions by law 26
    26. 26. Many Sources for Members Government Officials Interested Parents Public Media School Personnel Law Enforcement Civic Organizations Colleges/Universities Faith-based Institutions Youth Groups Public Health Agencies Volunteer Health Agencies Medical Professionals Business/Industry 27
    27. 27. Key Duties • Recommend the number of hours of health education instruction • Recommend curriculum appropriate for specific grade levels • Recommend appropriate grade levels and methods of human sexuality instruction • Recommend strategies for integrating the curriculum components into other elements of a school district 28
    28. 28. Common Responsibilities Most commonly includes: • • • • • • Program planning Promotion and advocacy Consideration of fiscal impact District and state agency interaction School Board interaction Evaluation, accountability and Quality Control 29
    29. 29. Coordinated School Health Model 30
    30. 30. Developing Strategic Plans 31
    31. 31. Continuous Quality Improvement The Journey Starts Here We Are Here Recruit Organize Evaluate SHAC Cycle Assess Plan Implement 32
    32. 32. Major Objective A SHAC should always keep in mind that their major objective is to develop recommendations for improving coordinated school health policies and practices for their school board to consider. 33
    33. 33. Complimentary Actions School Board and School Superintendent Issue School Health Advisory Council Actions: Do an assessment using the School Health Index •Assign member to project team •Get PTA to survey parents •Analyze results •Present report to school board Internal School Health Action Team Actions: •Assign representative from each dept. to project team •Distributes survey to faculty •Summarize results and draft report 34
    34. 34. The Ultimate Objective By affecting school policies, a SHAC can ensure that school health practices are improved and are sustained so that all children who attend school in LISD receive the benefits of coordinated school health. The only legal authority to adopt a local school policy is the school board. SHACs can only make recommendations. 35
    35. 35. Getting Policy Adopted Five Basic Steps Five Basic Steps 36
    36. 36. 1. Lay the Groundwork • Clarify the need • Clarify the objective • Review the policy development process for your school district • Collect information • Brainstorm concrete activities or programs • Write a policy proposal • Become familiar with local dynamics • Devise an appropriate strategy • Respect the hierarchy • Do not expect quick or easy victories 37
    37. 37. 2. Build Awareness and Support • Involve those affected by the policy • Involve school health supporting organizations in the community • Involve people from a variety of community groups. • Anticipate, respond to, and involve critics • Apply communication strategies as needed 38
    38. 38. 3. Draft the Policy • Bring the policy proposal to the attention of the decision-making body. • Review policy options and legal parameters. • Stay focused on the “big picture.” • Draft the policy language that is simple, clear, specific, and accurate. 39
    39. 39. 4. Adopt the Policy • Present the policy recommendations to the school board. • Use a well respected and known person to present a persuasive case. • Support the school board in the decision-making process. 40
    40. 40. 5. Administer the Policy • This is largely the role of administration, however, SHACs can assist in developing implementation guidelines. • Support the administration by providing positive community support. • Ensure that the effort is maintained. 41
    41. 41. Great Resources 42
    42. 42. Questions and Answers 43
    43. 43. Next Meeting: January 25, 2010 Meeting Topics: 1. FitnessGram 2. Legislation 3. Committee Report 44
    44. 44. Thank You for Participating Please complete the Please complete the questionnaire. questionnaire. Have a save and pleasant Have a save and pleasant journey home. journey home. Best wishes in your efforts to Best wishes in your efforts to improve school health in improve school health in Lewisville ISD. Lewisville ISD. 45