Smart Source 2015-16 Executive Summary - Page 20

Staff Health Promotion To build a comprehensive culture of health, schools should promote the wellbeing of staff in addition to students. Workplace wellness programs and staff health promotion efforts should offer opportunities for all staff to engage in activities and programs to better their health and wellness. Schools should also identify a staff person or team to assess the needs and interests of staff, coordinate programs for staff, and refer staff to supports as needed. As noted in Table 10.1, a majority of schools provide staff the opportunity to engage in various wellness activities, including First Aid/CPR training, annual flu shots, physical activity, and stress management. Fewer than half of schools offer opportunities for tobacco cessation and healthy food-related activities, such as cooking classes, taste testing, and nutrition education. TABLE 10.1 Percentage of schools that offer staff wellness activities   Elementary Secondary Combined First Aid/CPR training 86% 89% 92% Annual flu shots at the school or district office 80% 75% 62% Physical activity 73% 66% 80% Stress management activities 73% 64% 68% Crisis intervention for personal problems 72% 59% 56% Counseling for emotional disorders 71% 59% 54% Health screenings 67% 69% 50% Conflict resolution education 62% 53% 48% Healthy food-related activities 48% 38% 38% Tobacco cessation efforts 38% 38% 20% To promote staff wellness, schools more often have administrator support and a school employee wellness leader or committee (over 70 percent) in comparison to more technical practices, such as conducting a needs assessment or developing a written action plan (Figure 10.1). FIGURE 10.1 Percentage of schools with practices to promote staff wellness • 18 •