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Project Get Fit


Overview

The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) Project Get Fit! is established on the ten components of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model (WSCC) and focuses on improving the health of students and staff by providing program coordination and resources to schools. School district participation is valuable in promoting the health and wellness of young people as it provides a foundation for establishing lifelong healthy and active behaviors.

Objective

The objective of Project Get Fit! is to improve student health and academic achievement through nutrition, physical activity and the management of chronic conditions in schools.

Project Get Fit! is an alliance between the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) and the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) that endorses the implementation of evidence based programs aimed to generate healthy schools with healthy, successful students through the coordination of effective policies and programs through the encouragement of school, community and family involvement to distribute valuable information.

Goals

Oklahoma receives funding from a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cooperative agreement. This agreement, "Improving Student Health and Academic Achievement through Nutrition, Physical Activity and the Management of Chronic Conditions in Schools" Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) (CDC RFA-DP18-1801), covers a five year period to address statewide implementation to:

(1) Prevent obesity and reduce the risk of children and adolescents developing chronic disease in adulthood

(2) Manage chronic health conditions prevalent in student populations including poor health, asthma, food allergies, seizure disorders, diabetes and other disease, disabilities or conditions.

This funding allows OSDE the opportunity to promote the implementation and improvement of existing school policies to increase access to physical education, physical activity, healthy nutrition environments, and management of chronic health conditions; specifically to ensure that students with health and educational disparities have access to quality physical education, health education, nutrition, and reduce the risk of developing chronic disease in adulthood.

The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model (WSCC) provides an integrated approach for developing a culture favorable designed for effective teaching and learning for all students, staff, classrooms and schools.  Implementation of the WSCC model within school communities is intended to help meet the needs of the whole child through a combined approach to learning and health that spans across the community, the school and all sectors.

Ten Components of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model:

  • Health Education
  • Health Services
  • Nutrition Environment & Services
  • Physical Education & Physical Activity
  • Social & Emotional Environment
  • Physical Environment
  • Employee Wellness
  • Family Engagement
  • Community Involvement
  • Counseling, Psychological and Social Services

For additional resources and information from our funding partner, CDC.

 

Participating Schools

Project Partners

The services provided through Project Get Fit would not be possible without the following partnerships: Oklahoma WSCC Coalition, Oklahoma State Department of Health, School Nurses Organization of Oklahoma (SNOO), TEAM Clinics, OSDE’s Child Nutrition Department, Cooking for Kids, TSET, 21st Century, SHAPE America, Healthier Generations, Springboard to Active Schools, and National Association of School Nurses. Partnering with experts for each focus area will ensure that trainings and resources produced will be beneficial for Oklahoma schools. Thank you to all of our project partners!

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Last updated on October 13, 2020