The purpose of the health education department is to positively influence the health behavior of individuals and communities. By focusing on prevention, health education help improves the health status of individuals, families, and communities. The health education department consists of two programs that serve the East St. Louis and surrounding areas.
Coordinated School Health Program
The Coordinated School Health Program (CSHP) and CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child’s Health) seeks to affect children’s attitude and behaviors towards nutrition and physical activity. CHSP has eight components of School Health as identified by the Center for Disease and Prevention. The eight components: Health Education, Physical Activity, Nutrition Services, Health Service, Health Promotion for Staff, Counseling Psychological, and Social Services, Healthy School Environment/Policies and Family and Community Involvement. The CATCH program is funded thru a grant from General Mills. Schools who participate in the CATCH program will have an opportunity to
- Develop a Physical Education program
- Receive new Physical Education equipment
- Strengthen parent involvement through Family Fun Days and Health Fairs
- Improve children Nutritional Needs by adding fruit and vegetable bars, as well as, healthier food choices to school menus. Also, CATCH encourages our teachers to lead healthier lifestyle by providing workshops and training. East Side Health District offers CATCH training to our schools and have certified CATCH trainers to facilitate the training
Substance Abuse Program
The Substance Abuse Prevention Program or SAPP, implements empowerment activities to prevent substance abuse among youth 10-17 years of age. Currently, SAPP services East St. Louis Sr. High, Wyvetter Younge, Lincoln Middle School, SIUE Charter High School, Miles Davis, Hawthorne, A.M. Jackson and Bush Elementary Schools. It is funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services and works in partnership with East St Louis School District 189. Some of the accomplishments of the SAPP program include:
- Reach over 1,000 students annually since 2006 with Substance Abuse Prevention Curriculum in the schools.
- Co- sponsored with Safe and Drug Free Schools to host the 1st Annual Red Ribbon Rally Skating Event
- Conducted compliance checks with East St. Louis Police Department to prevent the sale of alcohol and tobacco to minors.
- Conducted a “Thirsty For Life, Not Alcohol” communication campaign on alcohol awareness at East St. Louis Senior High School.
Too Good for Drugs™Too Good for Drugs™ K–8 is a school-based prevention program designed to reduce risk factors and enhance protective factors related to alcohol, tobacco and other drug (ATOD) use among students. Too Good for Drugs™ K-8 has a separate, developmentally-appropriate curriculum for each grade level for Kindergarten through Eighth Grade. Each curriculum builds on earlier grade levels, an instructional design which enables students to learn important skills sequentially and retain them year after year.
Too Good for Drugs™ K-8 builds five essential life skills:
- Goal setting
- Decision making
- Bonding with pro-social others
- Identifying and managing emotions
- Communicating effectively
ESHD currently facilitates Too Good for Drugs program in East St. Louis Sr. High School and Charter High School.
Botvins Life skills
Life skills is a remarkably effective, research-validated substance abuse prevention program for elementary, middle, high school students proven to help students develop essential skills found to significantly reduce tobacco, alcohol, drug abuse, and violence.
ESHD currently teaches the Botvins Life skills program for elementary and middle schools in East Slouis School District 189.
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