Wellness at PPS

  • Portland Public Schools is committed to providing school environments that promote and protect children’s health, wellness and ability to learn by supporting behaviors that include healthy eating and physical activity. “Wellness” is an interactive process of becoming aware of and practicing choices to create a healthy and balanced lifestyle, which includes but is not limited to nutrition, nutrition education, physical activity and physical education. Source: Wellness Directive

    Note: All occurrences of the term "Wellness Directive" on this webpage are referring to the PPS Administrative Directive: Student Wellness through Nutrition and Physical Activity 3.60.062-AD (see links below)

    3.60.060 Student Wellness through Nutrition and Physical Activity

    Board Policy  Administrative Directive


    2020 WAC Informational Report to the Public (PDF)

    2021 SHAC Informational Report to the Public (PDF)

  • Oregon School Wellness Newsletter

    Spring 2020

    The Oregon School Wellness Newsletter is written by members of the Wellness in School Environments (WISE) Workgroup. Click here to learn about school wellness and opportunities.

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Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model

  • Adolescent and School Health | CDC

    Expanding the Coordinated School Health Approach

    Since 1987, CDC’s coordinated school health (CSH) approach has been the blueprint for integrating health-promoting practices in the school setting. CSH programs have helped to establish policies and practices in states, districts, and schools across the nation, and will see continued success within the expanded Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model.

    The WSCC model includes 10 components, expanding upon the CSH components of Healthy and Safe School Environment and Family/Community Involvement into 4 distinct components.

    The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model

    The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model is an expansion and update of the Coordinated School Health (CSH) approach. The WSCC incorporates the components of CSH and the tenets of the ASCD’s* whole child approach to strengthen a unified and collaborative approach to learning and health. The WSCC model focuses its attention on the child, emphasizes a school-wide approach, and acknowledges learning, health, and the school as being a part and reflection of the local community.

    The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model: A New Approach

    By focusing on youth, addressing critical education and health outcomes, organizing collaborative actions and initiatives that support students, and strongly engaging community resources, the WSCC approach offers important opportunities that may improve healthy development and educational attainment for students. Learn more about this approach in a special issue of the Journal of School Health.

    More information about the WSCC model is contained in this fact sheet.(https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/wscc/pdf/wscc_fact_sheet_508c.pdf) Information about using the School Health Index to assess the extent to which the WSCC model is fully implemented in your school or school district can be found on the Healthy Schools website. School Health Index training is available as part of CDC’s E-Learning Series: Training Tools for Healthy Schools.



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    Every Kid Healthy Coalition

    PPS is a member of the Urban School Wellness Coalition. Since 2013, the Urban School Wellness Coalition brings together urban district health and wellness leaders to facilitate discussion around mutually important issues, provide opportunities to share information, network with peers, coordinate joint efforts, and inform urban educational leaders on the importance of student health as a driver of academic success. In addition, the Urban School Wellness Coalition supports the work of the Every Kid Healthy Coalition to discuss a coordinated approach and strategy to provide expertise and best practices on what does – and doesn’t work—in urban school wellness. The 28 districts, representing over 7500 schools and over 4.6 million students, are amongst the 150 largest U.S. districts, have diverse urban cultures, battle significant political barriers, and represent a geographically diverse cross-section of the country.


  • Fuel Up to Play 60

    Join the wellness movement with Fuel Up to Play 60 by encouraging good nutrition and physical activity. Grants are available each year and the program has a lot of great strategies to share. And, it is fun!


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Wellness Advisory Committee Members

Jenny Withycombe
Program Administrator, Health/PE, PPS Instruction, Curriculum, & Assessment
Rachel Drushella
Senior School Employee Wellness Program Officer, OEA Choice Trust
Joanne Lyford
Program Manager, OSU Extension SNAP Ed
Elana Emlen
Co-Coordinator, MESD Employee Initiative
Inge Aldersbaes
Associate Director, OEA Choice Trust
Grace Clark-Hibbs
Program Manager, PPS Nutrition Services
Beth Madison
Principal on Special Assignment, College & Career Readiness
Meghan Leineweber
Program Manager, Nutrition Services
Liz Thorne
Director, Matchstick Consulting
Jill Bryant
Program Administrator, PPS Student Success and Health
Lexie Zimbelman
SAY Wellness Program Manager

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