Mission Statement: The SHWC will provide support to both districts in Ouray County to implement the best evidence-based health and wellness programs to encourage the total development of each child: moral, intellectual, social and emotional, and physical

The School Health and Wellness Committee is essentially an advisory group concerned with the health and wellbeing of staff and students. The School Health and Wellness Committee for Ouray County is comprised of nearly 20 members and include school staff, community members, parents and students.


The school wellness committee provides a way to inform families, teachers, staff and students about the work the school is doing to improve the health and academic success of its students. The wellness committee is also a way to ensure that district level health policies are implemented. In addition, our committee represents the unique perspective of our community. This enables the health priorities and activities put in place to truly reflect the needs and interests of our community and school.

The SHWC will assess the school health environment, programs and policies in place and identify ways to strengthen these to improve the health of students and staff. The committee will develop and implement an action plan based on what we learn as we go. The SHWC committee will also provide advice and expertise to administrators in the building and provide feedback to the district regarding implementation of health related policies and programs.

The role of the SHWC is to assess the programs and policies impacting health education, nutrition and physical activity in your school, and then develop and implement an action plan based on this assessment.

The SHWC will:

• Support the school in developing a healthier school environment

• Assist with policy development to support a healthy school environment

• Promote parent, community and professional involvement in developing a healthier      

  school environment

• Advocate for school health programs and policies within the broader school community

• Tap into funding and leverage resources for student and staff wellness

• Plan and implement programs for students and staff

• Evaluate program and policy efforts