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.

Colorado Healthy Schools Smart Source

A new streamlined tool available in Colorado allows all K-12 public schools to assess their health efforts to help ensure students are healthy and ready to learn. Colorado Healthy Schools Smart Source replaces various state and national data collection efforts. It serves as the Colorado tool for assessing school health policy and practice. Colorado schools and districts have the opportunity to participate in Smart Source Oct. 1–Dec. 31, 2015. READ MORE >

Healthy School Champions Recognition

The Healthy School Champions Recognition program recognizes and awards schools for their successes in creating a healthy school environment and implementing effective school health efforts. To be eligible for recognition, schools must complete the Smart Source assessment, submit a narrative describing their school health efforts, and obtain letters of support. More information about the 2016 application process and timeline will be available mid-October 2015. See RECOGNITION here:  READ MORE>

Colorado’s Healthy Schools Collective Impact

Spark Policy Institute is the new backbone organization for this effort. CEI maintains a role on the steering committee and work groups to provide content expertise in the areas of physical, social, emotional, and behavioral health. The work continues for organizations that champion health and wellness in Colorado’s schools. We are collaborating 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 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 >

 Read statistics about kids and health in Colorado schools

Browse our resources


All In: Using Advisory to Transform School Climate

Integrating Health and Wellness for Student Success: The Story of Archuleta School District

What Makes a School Healthy?

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