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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) is pleased to announce the release of the updated School Health Index (SHI). First released in 2000, the SHI is a self-assessment and planning tool that schools can use to improve their health and safety policies and programs.
What's new in the SHI 2012 edition?
SHI 2012 features:
SHI 2012 retains many of the previous features, such as:
How does using the SHI benefit schools and promote student health?
Schools across the country, and in Canada, Mexico, and Saudi Arabia, use SHI to:
The SHI is based on CDC's research-based guidelines for school health programs, which identify the policies and practices most likely to be effective in reducing youth health risk behaviors. School health programs can help students establish healthy behaviors early in life, with positive results that are both immediate and long lasting.
How are the SHI materials accessed?
The SHI is available free of charge at www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/SHI. You can select either the interactive, customizable online tool or the downloadable, printable version. Training manuals and other complementary materials also are available online.
The SHI 2012 update will not change users' access to the online SHI. Login information will remain the same, and current users will be able to access the previous work completed by their team in the SHI.
For more information on the Division of Adolescent and School Health: