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School Health Program

The School Health Program provides leadership and coordination for preventive health and safety services to children and families through collaborative partnerships with other state agencies and organizations.

Target Population: Children ages 5-18, families & communities, schools & agencies that serve children.

School Health Programs

Contact Information
Megan Sylvester, BS Health Education-  School Health Consultant
Phone: (405) 426-8106

  • Foster and increase communication and resource sharing between state agencies
  • Have healthy, educated students who become adults equipped with health-related skills, beliefs and practices conducive to a lifetime of learning, good health, productivity and economic success
  • Address health education, risk reduction, prevention and treatment
  • Establish partnerships – families, schools and communities
  • Develop, implement and evaluate programs
  • Create policies and regulations
  • Train school health personnel
  • Provide technical assistance and consultation
  • Support community/school programs
  • Report data on health status and develop solutions in community partnerships (Administer TOTS, 1st Grade, 5th Grade, and YRBS assessment tools)
  • Assure quality improvement
  • Provide for direct services as needed
  • Mobilize community partnerships and action to solve local problems
  • Improve school environments
  • Establish school health standards
  • Reduction of preventable diseases and injuries in children and families
  • Healthier future generations in Oklahoma


  • Bam! - promotes strong bodies and minds in “tweens” and includes nutritional information, sponsored by the CDC 
  • This link, by the National Institutes of Health, addresses weight management for teens and includes information on the food pyramid, serving sizes, and general nutrition. It also provides links to additional resources. 
  • Girls Health, sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services, provides general health information to girls ages nine to thirteen. There is also a link for girls on nutrition, eating correctly, body image and eating disorders. 
  • Best Bones Forever! - an interactive website for girls sponsored by the CDC. 
  • The Food and Nutrition Information Center, part of the USDA, offers Food and Nutrition Resources for Teachers. Teaching materials are available for loan and include food models, games, kids, videocassettes, and lesson plans. 
  • Fuel Up to Play 60, offers nutritional resources for educators, parents, and kids. Educators will find helpful curriculum resources and may sign-up for periodic updates through e-mail. 
  • Team Nutrition, sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture, provides resources specifically for schools. 
  • The Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH), a non-profit consumer education foundation whose mission is to be the catalyst for creating a healthier America through increased consumption of a variety of fruits and vegetables, has a health initiative, Fruits and Vegetables – More Matters™. This program builds on the momentum that 5 A Day created, taking it to the next level by encouraging families to eat more fruits and veggies at every eating occasion.  Take advantage of the free downloadable activity, coloring, and recipe pages.
  • SuperKids Nutrition Inc. offers nutritional resources to empower children, families, and communities to become more knowledgeable about nutrition and how to make healthy choices everyday.  SuperKids Nutrition Inc. partners with nutrition experts to provide free downloadable nutrition guides, coloring sheets, and sample meal menus and recipes.

Contact Information

Gayle Black, BSN, RN 
School Health Coordinator
Phone: (405) 426-8082

Megan Sylvester, BS
School Health Consultant
Phone: (405) 426-8106

Mailing Address:
Oklahoma State Department of Health
123 Robert S. Kerr Ave., Suite 1702
Oklahoma City, OK 73102-6406

Physical Address:
Oklahoma State Department of Health
123 Robert S. Kerr Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK

Phone: (405) 426-8085
Fax: (405) 900-7582

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