Archive: Missouri Healthy Schools

June 1, 2024

Framework: Layers of Support

In NASN’s revamped School Nursing Practice Framework™ (Framework), the graphic illustration now consists of layers of support for school nurses and those we serve. The Standards of Practice principle is now depicted as the foundational layer of practice and performance standards necessary to provide legally sound, evidence-based,…

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May 24, 2024

Preventing Spread of Infections in K-12 Schools

CDC released consolidated, evidence-based guidance for preventing the spread of infections in K-12 schools. The guidance includes everyday actions that schools can take to prevent and control the spread of respiratory and stomach viruses and illnesses, such as influenza and norovirus, and bacterial illness, such as…

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May 16, 2024

MHS Live Podcast – Missouri Local Wellness (LWP) Guidance and Implementation

The May podcast for Missouri Healthy Schools (MHS) featured Barb Shaw, Nutrition Program Coordinator, DESE Food and Nutrition Services, and Ginger Thompson, Nutrition Program Analyst, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. They discussed details on the Missouri Local Wellness Policy (LWP) Guidance and Implementation, covering minimum requirements, collaboration ideas and resources.

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May 4, 2024

National School Nurse Day

Here are some easy ways for you to spread the word about National School Nurse Day on May 8, 2024: Display this poster at your school to celebrate the leaders who advocate for quality student-centered care. Share messages and images on your social media,…

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April 27, 2024

Updates to School Nutrition Standards

Research shows that school meals are the most nutritious food source for American schoolchildren—thanks in large part to the work of school nutrition professionals, parents, school meal partners, the food industry, and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to make school meals healthier over the past decade. USDA’s Food and…

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April 20, 2024

Safe and Supportive Learning Environments for Students with Asthma

Asthma is a leading chronic illness among children and adolescents, with a higher incidence in African-American students and other students of color, and one of the top causes of school absenteeism. Asthma-friendly schools are those that make the effort to create safe and supportive learning environments for students with asthma. …

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February 1, 2024

Missouri Healthy Schools January Podcast

We are excited to announce the kickoff of Missouri Healthy Schools (MHS) Live Podcast, and Episode 1 is nothing short of inspiring! Released on January 31, 2024, this inaugural episode dives deep into the crucial topic of “Promoting Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools.” In this engaging episode, a distinguished…

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We’ve seen rapid expansion of our after-school activities, [and an] increased [number of] students meeting their healthy fitness zones.
Amy Ruzicka Bayless Schools Superintendent Discusses Bayless Schools 5-year journey leading to growth in school and staff wellness initiatives, incorporating the WSCC model, and expansion in after-school activities.