Posts Tagged ‘Hamilton County Department of Education’

Chef Nights Promote Healthy Eating in Area Schools

March 7, 2011

Reporting: Monessa Guilfoil

The Hamilton County Department of Education in collaboration with Coordinated School Health offers Chef Night demonstrations and taste-testings for children and their families from four area schools:

Chef Night is an event where Local chefs will come to selected schools to demonstrate how to prepare healthy food.

This event will take place in the school cafeteria with Local Chef’s preparing healthy food. Multiple booths will be set-up with Healthy Education information and, a Dietitian.

Fun games, face painting, and door prizes give away will be available.

The Chef Nights at area schools are made possible by a grant from Gaining Ground, a Benwood Initiative:

The Benwood Foundation seeks to stimulate creative and innovative efforts to build and strengthen the Chattanooga community.

Coordinated School Health is providing the educational component for the Chef Nights collaboration:

“The mission of Coordinated School Health is to improve students’ health and their capacity to learn through the support of families, communities and schools.”

CSH Model:

The CDC’s Coordinated School Health (CSH) model is a systematic approach that ensures that a school community effectively links health with educational success. Although these components are listed separately, it is their composite that allows CSH to have significant impact. CSH is implemented in a way that fits the unique needs and resources of each school community. The eight components of CSH are:

  • Health Education
  • Health Services
  • Counseling, Psychological and Social Services
  • Physical Education
  • Nutrition Services
  • Student, Family/Community Involvement
  • Healthy School Environment
  • Health Promotion for Staff

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Coordinated School Health and School Nutrition Are Teaching Healthy Lifestyle Choices Beyond the Schoolyard

September 13, 2010


The Center for Disease Control has developed a Coordinated School Health Program (CSHP) to encourage healthier lifestyles in the youth of America.  CSHP centers on 8 components which include health education, physical education, health services, nutrition services, counseling and psychological services, healthy school environment, healthy educators and staff, and community involvement.  In Hamilton County, integrating all of these components is the task of Russell Cliche and will depend on collaborations and partnerships within the school system and in the community

The Director of School Nutrition, Carolyn Childs, is working with Cliche to promote improved nutrition by incorporating more fresh fruits and vegetables into student diets.  Gaining Ground initiated by the Benwood Foundation is helping to fund this program which includes bringing fresh produce into the classroom and not just the cafeteria.  Students will get to sample fresh produce, learn about the nutritional impact of the food, and also learn how to bring this information home so they can continue to enjoy local fresh produce.

Bringing in the families is crucial to integrating these foods into the home environment.  The Coordinated School Health and School Nutrition offices will be hosting Chef Nights in certain schools across the county to demonstrate how to prepare and cook meals using fresh produce.  Information will also be provided specific to each school location on where to purchase these foods.

According to the Tennessee Department of Education, healthier students perform better academically and these programs are designed to improve student and school performance all across the state.

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