Northside Service Center, 8390 North Palafox Street, Pensacola, FL 32534
The Florida Department of Health in Escambia County’s (DOH-Escambia) School Health Program is comprised of Registered Nurses and Health Educators. The program aims to help children, families and school personnel increase physical activity, improve nutrition, and reduce teen pregnancy. DOH-Escambia’s School Health program provides evidence-based health education to students in Escambia County public schools.
School Health currently provides the following services for school-aged children:
- The 5-2-1-0 Let’s Go Northwest Florida! program at selected elementary schools.
- Pregnancy prevention education in middle and high schools in Escambia County.
- Screenings and health education classes for preschool children in our Early Learning Coalition child care programs.
Preventing Obesity in Children
Many cities across the United States report high rates of obesity among adults and children. To combat this growing issue, the DOH-Escambia released its 2012-2013 student data report, which shows a decrease in the total percentage of students who are obese or overweight. Data revealed that 64 percent of children measured were in the normal range for BMI.
The School Health program will continue to focus on childhood obesity during the 2014-2015 school year. We have partnered with the Escambia County School District and the DOH-Escambia’s Communications, Health Education and Nutrition (CHEN) division to develop and implement a strategy to improve nutrition and physical activity habits.
If the childhood obesity epidemic continues, we may be raising the first generation of children in the history of our nation who will have a shorter life expectancy than that of their parents. How can you help?
- Commit your family to making good food choices and being active.
- Support your school's efforts to improve foods served and to include more physical activity in the student's day.
5 Year BMI Comparison (14kb; jpg)
2012/2013 BMI Results (7kb; jpg)
Health Ready for Child Care and Pre School (79.3kb; pdf)
Health Ready for Elementary School (79.3kb; pdf)
Health Ready for Middle School (49.3kb; pdf)
Health Ready for High School (161.2kb; pdf)
Location & Contact Information
Northside Service Center, 8390 North Palafox Street
The School Health office is open Monday-Friday from 7 AM to 5 PM. Call 850-484-5100 for more information.