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Kent County Coordinated School Health Program (KCCSHP)

KCCSHP works with income-eligible schools in Kent County interested in improving the health of their students. The Kent County Health Department is one of the community agencies working together to support schools in their mission to promote healthy behaviors of students and create a healthy, positive learning environment.

KCCSHP partners support schools through:
  • Sending trained facilitators to lead school staff through the Healthy School Action Tool (HSAT), a free, online tool which helps schools assess their nutrition, physical activity, asthma management, violence and injury prevention, and tobacco free policies and environment.

  • Supplying access to local community resources to help schools implement their action plan.

  • Giving three years of direct support for action planning, implementation, and evaluation.

  • Providing up to date resources to develop sustainable and measurable environmental changes in their school building that offer consistent messages about the importance of healthy eating and physical activity.

Download the KCCSHP Brochure

For more information on the program and/or if your school is eligible please contact:

Dawn Davies
Public Health Educator
Kent County Health Department

Stephanie Marino
Extension Educator
Kent/MSU Extension

Action for Healthy Kids (MAFHK)

Action for Healthy Kids is the nation’s leading non-profit and largest volunteer network fighting childhood obesity and undernourishment by partnering with schools to improve nutrition and physical activity to help our kids learn to eat right, be active every day, and be ready to learn.

Michigan Action for Healthy Kids is a vibrant state coalition of more than 1800 health and nutrition professionals, parents, students, physicians, business leaders, and other community members who take action in their schools, communities, and regions to make positive change. As the largest Action for Healthy Kids Team in the country, Michigan has a strong voice at the state and national level.

The Michigan Team has a regional leader presence throughout the state. Kent County Health Department staff co-chairs the West Michigan coalition. Click on Michigan Action for Healthy Kids Regional Map for more information and/or to contact a region leader in your area.

Get Involved!

Are you concerned about the health of Michigan’s youth? If the answer is yes, join forces with leaders across Michigan who are taking action to improve students’ well-being through better nutrition and physical activity in schools. Register now to become a member of Michigan Action for Healthy Kids!

Nutrition Education for School Age Children

Elementary Nutrition Education Series

Available for elementary school children 1st through 6th grades. The series consists of four sessions. A single class nutrition introduction course option is available for schools with a limited time allowance. Lessons include age appropriate nutrition concepts and fun activities, handouts for students and information to send home to parents.

Middle/High School

One hour presentations topics include:
  • Food & Disease

  • Physical Activity and Your Health

  • Nutrition & the Media

  • Label Reading

  • Fast Food Facts

  • Body Image

Classroom presentations can be tailored to your class needs.
Contact Sarah Haan or Dawn Davies at (616) 632-7290 for more information.

Healthy School Action Tools (HSAT)

The Healthy School Action Tools (HSAT) includes an online assessment to help your school identify ways to create a healthier school environment and action planning tools to help make those ideas become a reality. If you represent a Michigan school and want to find out what you can do to improve your school's health, visit the HSAT website and register to complete the assessment and access the action plan.

The HSAT assessment consists of questions which apply to topic areas including:
  • Asthma management

  • Healthy eating & nutrition

  • Physical education & physical activity

  • Tobacco-free lifestyles

  • Violence & injury prevention

Public health educators are available to assist schools in improving their school health environment. If you are interested in assessing your school’s health environment and would like assistance in getting started, please contact Dawn Davies at (616) 632-7296 |


HSAT Resource Guide

Provides links to resources that will help you in completing the HSAT Assessment and defining actions that are most likely to make a difference during the Action Plan stage. Resources are organized by topic and by module within topic area.

Healthy School Toolkit - Your Guide To Action!

Use this toolkit to help your school district adopt its Local Wellness Policy. The kit was developed by Michigan Action for Healthy Kids and provides the information, resources, and tools needed to assist schools in providing an environment that supports healthy eating and physical activity habits of students, their families, school staff members, and the community.

Michigan's Healthy School Success Story

This website encourages schools to share their successes, be recognized for their efforts and inspire other Michigan schools. The website includes an easy online form for submitting success stories and enables schools to review published success stories by topic area for proven ideas.

Student Health Survey (SHS)

Is an online survey designed for Michigan schools to determine the nutrition and physical activity knowledge, beliefs and behaviors of their students. Visit this website to learn more about how the SHS can help you determine how your school's environment is impacting student health.

Michigan Team Nutrition

Team Nutrition is a national movement designed to motivate, encourage, and empower students, families, schools, and the community to work together to support healthy lifestyles by making it easier to eat healthy and be physically active. TN encourages students’ (grades pre-K-12) and their families to: eat a variety of foods, eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and calcium rich foods, eat lower fat foods more often, and be physically active everyday.

Join Team Nutrition today! There is no cost to join Team Nutrition Michigan Schools.

Fuel Up to Play 60

Fuel Up to Play 60 is a fun, interactive program that allows students to decide how to make their school an even healthier place. They can put their ideas and plans into action to help everyone eat healthy and get active. They can take fun challenges with their classmates along the way to have the chance to earn prizes; they can even be recognized on our website for their efforts!

Enroll today at:

Game On! The Ultimate Wellness Challenge

This program challenges America's elementary schools, their staff, students, and the families they serve to incorporate healthy food choices and physical activity into their daily lives and into the culture of their school community. This no-cost step-by-step online guide provides all the information and resources you need to host a successful school wellness program in your elementary school during the entire school year and beyond. Working together, we can help students eat better and move more. The Game On! framework features over 35 Eat Better and Move More Challenges, for students grades K through 6, that emphasize healthy eating and physical activity before, during, and after school, even at home!

Nutrition Explorations

Provides nutrition education, information and resources for teachers, parents and kids. Guides, school programs and menu. Developed by the National Dairy Council.

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