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Student Wellness Programs

Healthy Schools/Student Wellness Grants

Resources in Response to COVID-19 

The Office of Health and Wellness has contributed to resources that support educators during these unprecedented times. The following are the most requested areas regarding practices and the COVID-19 guidelines.

About Student Wellness Grants

In 2008, the State legislature passed HB 1224, providing state money from Amendment 23 to be used for Student Wellness Programs to address:

  • Childhood Obesity
  • Wellness Policies

The Student Wellness Grant, exists to implement student wellness programs that support the implementation of whole school, whole community, whole child approaches to:

  • Increase coordination of policies, practices, and programs to support the physical, mental, emotional and social needs of students and reduce barriers to learning.
  • Build district infrastructure and sustainability to support a WSCC approach.
  • Improve local wellness (USDA) or supporting health and wellness policies aligned with best practices.
  • Increase implementation of district wellness policies and best practices to support healthy eating, physical activity, and health education.
  • Connect school health and wellness efforts to comprehensive health education standards and skills.

The Programs use the Coordinated School Health model (Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child)  to address these priorities through:

  • Health Education
  • Physical Education and Physical Activity
  • Nutrition Environment and Services
  • Health Services
  • Counseling Psychological and Social Services
  • Social Emotional Climate
  • Physical Environment
  • Family Engagement
  • Community Involvement

About Student CDC Healthy Schools Grant

The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) has been working in partnership with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and other statewide partners to reduce chronic disease risk factors and improve student health by addressing healthy eating/nutrition, physical activity and chronic disease management for children and youth. Colorado local education agencies (LEAs), including six priority LEAs have been receiving quality professional development (PD) and technical assistance (TA) to support their school health efforts to prevent obesity and reduce the risk of children and adolescents developing chronic disease in adulthood and manage chronic health conditions prevalent in student populations including poor health, asthma, food allergies, seizure disorders, diabetes and other diseases, and disabilities or conditions.




Healthy Schools Quick Links

Health and Wellness Fact Sheets 

Contact the Health and Wellness Team

Training Opportunities

COMTSS Online Academy and Trainings

2022 CDE Fall Conference:  Reconnecting and Building Stronger Colorado Communities - September 29th & 30th, 2022 - Doubletree Hotel, Colorado Springs


News and Announcements

New Funding Opportunity to support the physical, social, emotional and mental health needs of school faculty and staff.

For more information see the CDE Staff Wellness Grant webpage

New Funding Opportunity Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Comprehensive Sexual Health Education Program Mini Grant Opportunity

For more information see the CDPHE grant application




Current Student Wellness Grantees

  • Harrison School District Two
  • Hayden School District R-1
  • Mountain Valley School District R E1
  • Salida School District R-32-J
  • Sheridan School District 2
  • Weld County School District 6
  • Charter School Institute - Steamboat Montessori
  • Charter School Institute - New America Schools
  • Douglas County RE-1 - Renaissance Secondary School
  • Harrison 2 - Atlas Preparatory Elementary

Current CDC Healthy Schools Grantees *

  • Lake County School District 
  • Englewood Schools 
  • Valley RE-1 
  • Platte Valley RE-7 
  • Sheridan School District 
  • Weld County RE-1 


Previously Funded Districts

  • Archuleta School District
  • Center Consolidated Schools
  • CSI - New America School
  • Harrison School District #2
  • Hayden School District
  • Lake County School District 
  • Poudre School District
  • Silverton School District
  • Weld County School District 6
  • El Paso County School District 49
  • Englewood Schools 
  • Jefferson County Public Schools
  • St. Vrain Valley School District
  • STRIVE Preparatory Schools

* Funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, School Health Branch, Improving Student Health and Academic Achievement through Nutrition, Physical Activity and the Management of Chronic Conditions in Schools (CDC-RFA-DP18-1801) Grant. This is a five year grant supporting these districts. 

For More Information on Comprehensive Health & Physical Education Training Offerings Contact:

James Hurley, Ph.D.
Comprehensive Health and Physical Education Content Specialist
P 303.866.6453 | C: 303.910.3901