Healthy, Energetic, Ready, Outstanding, Enthusiastic Schools.

About Heroes

HEROES School LocationsTo help Tri-State schools’ efforts to address the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Eight Components of a Coordinated School Health Program, Welborn Baptist Foundation supports the HEROES program to provide financial and guiding support to elementary and middle schools so that they can commit, implement, and evaluate their own school’s health, based on the CDC’s research-based and proven Coordinated School Health (CSH) Model. HEROES stands for Healthy, Energetic, Ready, Outstanding, Enthusiastic Schools. Schools in Gibson, Perry, Posey, Dubois, Spencer and Vanderburgh in Indiana, Wabash and White in Illinois, and Henderson in Kentucky have participated in the HEROES program.

The HEROES program promotes the following aspects of the CDC model for all grade levels:

  • A Coordinated School Health Team (including staff, students, parents, and community)
  • A proven school health assessment tool (CDC and Prevention’s School Health Index or Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development’s Healthy School Report Card)
  • Three year action plan utilizing the results of school assessment
  • Student health performance progress evaluation to show outcomes
  • School exceeds the Wellness Policy of the School district
  • Improvement of the nutritional value of all foods served on school campuses (cafeteria, fundraisers, school stores, concessions, classroom parties, etc.)
  • Improvement in school environment and safety of students and staff (indoor air quality, asthma triggers, levels of lead and asbestos, etc.)
  • Improvement in counseling and social services offered within the school or district
  • Utilization of research-proven education program to increase the number of minutes spent in moderate to vigorous physical activity (e.g. SPARK – Sports, Play, and Active Recreation for Kids, Foundational Fitness or Cross-Fit)
  • Utilization of before and/or after-school time to increase physical activity (walking clubs)
  • Increased opportunities for children to receive health education that reinforces healthy lifestyle choices
  • Creation of an environment of “wellness” within a school for students, staff, and families
  • Promotion of school staff wellness (Staff Health Fairs, newsletters, before/after school exercise classes, staff fitness center membership discounts)
  • Reaching out to families and communities with health education opportunities

HEROES Initiative Program Details