Make Your Cafeteria Work Better: School Health Index (SHI) and the Self-Assessment Planning Guide

Below, you can take immediate action by using the following toolkit.
Toolkits are step-by-step plans that will help you access your food and nutrition services. Things that you will learn from completing a toolkit:

1.) What are my Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) strengths?
2.) What areas of my FNS can be improved?
3.) What steps should be taken to improve those areas?

The School Health Index— pdf format p. 80-93/ online format
The School Health Index (SHI): Self-Assessment & Planning Guide was developed by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in partnership with school administrators and staff, school health experts, parents, and national nongovernmental health and education agencies.

There are eight sections/modules to the SHI:
1) School Health and Safety Policies and Environment
2) Health Education
3) Physical Education and Other Physical Activity Programs
4) Nutrition Services, pages 80-93
5) Health Services
6) Counseling, Psychological, and Social Services
7) Health Promotion for Staff
8) Family and Community Involvement

Although it is recommended for schools to complete all 8 sections, it is not necessary.Food Service Personnel can use the School Health Index to access the food and nutrition services of the school they serve.

It can also be used in conjunction with the school’s “wellness committee” to access the entire school health environment.

If you would like assistance filling out the School Health Index, contact us.