Health & Wellness



We know that to create healthy and engaging learning environments, we need to give kids what they really need to succeed. We need to work for a systemic, strategic and coordinated approach to supporting the whole child, which includes social, emotional, nutritional, physical, and safety wellness. No matter how good the teaching, how interesting the curriculum or how beautiful the school, students will not achieve unless they are healthy, feel safe, and have the skills to handle whatever may be going on in their lives.

New Smart Source Tool Shows the Way to Smarter, Healthier Schools

Research shows that healthy students are better learners. That’s why it’s important to identify policies and programs that support healthy behaviors.

A new no-cost tool is available to help schools make sure they have the policies and practices in place to ensure their students are healthy and ready to learn. Colorado Healthy Schools Smart Source gives educators one tool that can assess school health efforts and show how that school compares to others across the state in addressing best practices. Colorado schools and districts have the opportunity to participate in Smart Source Oct. 1–Dec. 31, 2015. READ MORE >

Colorado’s Healthy Schools Collective Impact

This is a call to action for organizations that champion health and wellness in Colorado’s schools—to improve how we work together. No more working in silos. We’re ready to collaborate in new ways to better meet schools’ needs so that more students are healthier and achieve at higher levels. READ MORE >

Comprehensive Health and PE Standards

Colorado has new academic standards for students including updated physical education standards and, for the first time, comprehensive health standards. These standards are important because healthy, active students achieve more in school and in life. They have better concentration, make better decisions about their behavior and feel better about themselves.  READ MORE >

Healthy Schools Champion Score Card

In association with the Colorado Coalition for Healthy Schools, The Colorado Education Initiative assesses and monitors health and wellness progress in Colorado schools through the Healthy School Champions Score Card and recognizes successes and lessons learned through case studies and awards.  READ MORE>

Healthy Schools Policy and Practice

We incentivize Colorado schools and districts to implement systemic, strategic and coordinated approaches to creating healthy and engaging learning environments that support instruction, align with current policy goals and improve student outcomes. The Healthy Schools Initiative builds awareness, develops resources, exchanges information and provides training about best practices in school nutrition, health education, physical activity, school health services and workplace wellness.  READ MORE >

Safe and Welcoming Schools

Bullying – once considered an inevitable adolescent rite of passage – is a widespread issue that has serious and negative impacts on the academic achievement, educational aspirations, and psychological well being of all students. We are committed to supporting and implementing best practices for creating safe and welcoming learning environments through legislation, innovative programs and the sharing of information.  READ MORE >

Social and Emotional Supports

We recently released the Colorado Framework for School Behavioral Health Services, which includes a best practices blueprint for comprehensive school behavioral health services, a roadmap of critical success elements, and tools and resources to support schools in their implementation of comprehensive behavioral health systems.  READ MORE >

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