Whole Child Quarterly

Healthy Students are Better Learners

Introducing our 2022-2023 MiSHCA Officers

Our organization welcomed new officers during our last meeting in September. We are grateful and eager to continue our work under their leadership.
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MiSHCA Virtual Health Series 2023

MiSHCA is excited to offer four FREE virtual professional learning opportunities to educators throughout the state.

SCECHs are available at no cost to those who attend the live presentations. Please register below for the sessions you are interested in attending. All sessions begin at 4:00pm (EST) and are one hour in length. Session materials and recordings will be posted on the MiSHCA website after the live sessions.

Second Session

January 19th, 2023 4:00-5:00pm EST Skills for Having Difficult Conversations: Esther Triggs, Interlochen Center for the Arts

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Having difficult conversations is important but can be challenging. Join us to discuss the skills for having difficult conversations.

***If you missed our first session on Selecting SEL Curriculum & Resources, you can access the recording and information on our Virtual Health Series page.

MiSHCA Virtual Health Series

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Announcing the New Michigan Model for Health Portal for Teachers and Educators

We are happy to announce the launch of our new Michigan Model For Health™ website portal for teachers, educators, and curriculum coordinators!

Since the launch of the new digital format for the K-12 health curriculum in 2020, once again, the MMH Program continues to evolve to meet the online needs of its health education partners. The MMH Portal is a one stop shop for all partner needs to access the digital curriculum and online resources.

The portal was created in response to new MMH resources released including a revamped online training module to support MMH implementation in the classroom, and a future launch of student online lessons for Grades 7-12 alcohol, tobacco and other drugs health unit to use within the classroom and/or virtual instruction. In addition, the changes incorporate teacher and health coordinator feedback to improve the navigation and security to access protected content and data within the MMH digital platform.

MMH Portal Page

After 7pm on October 26, 2022, all partners who have an account in the michiganmodelforhealth.org website will see the new MMH Portal page.

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Mobile Menu Update

The mobile menu will be updated with a top link to the MMH Portal page

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New Videos and Other MMH Curriculum Updates for Social Emotional Health, Nutrition and Physical Activity

The Michigan Model for Health™ curriculum has been updated for Social Emotional Health, Nutrition, and Physical Activity health subject topics. As part of our continuous improvement process, the MMH program regularly releases updates to ensure content is both relevant and up to date for teachers and students. This recent update includes new videos to replace older media, new teacher reference materials on eating disorders, and edited videos for nutrition and physical activity.

Below is a detailed list of changes by health unit topic and grade level:

Social and Emotional Health Unit

  • Grade 4, Lesson 6 – Removed the dated video I Can Do it: Taking Responsibility and revised the lesson plan to incorporate the stories from the video for teaching the skill of decision making.
  • Grade 6, Lesson 5 – New video Anger Management for Kids (YouTube) replaces the video Dealing with Anger. The lesson plan was also rewritten to align with the new video.

Nutrition and Physical Activity Unit

  • Grade 1, Lesson 3 – New Video Fit Kids Move 60 Minutes a Day (YouTube) replaces the CD Exercise Everyday.
  • Grade 6, Lesson 2 – Edited the video My Plate and You: Learning About Nutrition to remove outdated nutrition information.
  • Grade 6, Lesson 4 – Replaced teacher reference brochures on eating disorders with the National Eating Disorders Association Toolkit for Educators, a more comprehensive and up to date teacher reference guide. Also removed the video Say Know to Diets and revised lesson content and activities to reflect best practice in healthy weight management.
  • High School Grades 9-12, Lesson 5 – Replaced the video Testing Your Fast Food Knowledge with a more up to date video, 7 Surprisingly Healthy Fast Foods You Can Eat (YouTube video). The new video takes a more positive approach for making healthy choices at fast food restaurants.​​​​

Teachers with MMH digital curriculum access to the above grade levels will see these curriculum updates reflected in the online lessons plans. For teachers using the print version of the MMH curriculum, print addenda are available for the “2019 Updated with Opioid Misuse Prevention Enhancement” copyright version. In addition, a revised Video Access List and Links document to streamed videos is also available for all MMH teachers to use. Teachers and educators can refer to the Contact Us section on this page for further assistance.

Lifetime Achievement Awardees

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Partnership Spotlight

Michigan School Health Coordinators' Association (MiSHCA) partners with several organizations that support schools, students, and families. This month we will highlight our partner SHAPE Michigan - (Society of Health and Physical Education teachers).

SHAPE Michigan has regional coordinators advocating and connecting teachers statewide. There are monthly opportunities to network with PE/Health teachers via Zoom...the link can be found on the SHAPE website.

SHAPE is also hosting a conference November 10-12 at Grand Traverse Resort. REGISTER HERE. Every year SHAPE recognizes Teachers of the Year for several categories and offers grants to support teacher needs.

SHAPE provides multiple and diverse professional development workshops in-person and virtually year-round. The organization's leadership will also customize and support professional learning that you may need...just reach out and ask!

Want to stay up to date on our latest partnership work?

Check out our Join & Collaborate page.

Free or low-cost health coverage for children under the age of 19, or pregnant women of any age. Call the MIChild and Healthy Kids hotline at 1.888.988.6300 or michigan.gov/mibridges

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