Coordinated Youth Initiative

Coordinated Youth InitiativeIn the belief that Healthy Kids Make Better Students and Better Students Make Healthy Communities, the Winter Park Health Foundation is pleased to sponsor a variety of programs aimed at tending to the mental and physical well-being of the children in our community.The programs, offered through a unique partnership with Orange County Public Schools (OCPS), fall under the umbrella of the Coordinated Youth Initiative (CYI). Programs include the School Nursing Initiative, School-Based Health Centers (staffed by Nurse Practitioners), CHILL counseling program and the Healthy School Teams (HST). They are offered in the OCPS schools serving Winter Park and surrounding communities. (These schools make up the Winter Park Consortium of Schools and include Winter Park High School and its elementary and middle feeder schools.)

All programs are dedicated to helping local students become the healthiest and most academically-productive they can be.

CYI actually is modeled after the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Coordinated School Health Program. The idea behind both models is that the health of our youth requires the involvement of parents, families, teachers, counselors, school administrators, health care professionals and other related agencies. The health of our children affects us all.

The Winter Park Health Foundation supports these programs as it strives to build the healthiest community in the country.

If you are interested in getting involved in the CYI, consider joining one of the Healthy School Teams or lending your support for its activities. on this website, www.healthykidstoday.org, which was created and is maintained by the Foundation. Or, you can call your child’s school.

We hope you will visit the website often and that it will serve as a source of valuable local health information. It also will connect you to other websites across the Internet providing important health-related information. The site is updated weekly.

The Foundation is proud to work with the Winter Park Consortium of Schools to eliminate barriers to learning by addressing the health and wellness needs of our youth.  Healthy kids do make better students, and they will surely make this a healthier community for us all.