What is the WSCC Model?

One of the main concepts we understand from the research on nutrition and physical activity is that they have a strong correlation to educational achievement. We are also learning more recently from the research that a student’s mental health improves when more physical activity is part of their day. While Jump Right UP leverages tools from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program, we also encourage school districts to integrate the CDC’s Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model (WSCC) into district-wide strategic and implementation plans. By leveraging the Jump Right UP program, a school district addresses six of the ten components of the WSSC model.


The WSCC model is student-centered and emphasizes the role of the community in supporting the school, the connections between health and academic achievement and the importance of evidence-based school policies and practices. The WSCC model has 10 components:

  1. Physical education and physical activity.
  2. Nutrition environment and services.
  3. Health education.
  4. Social and emotional climate.
  5. Physical environment.
  6. Health services.
  7. Counseling, psychological and social services.
  8. Employee wellness.
  9. Community involvement.
  10. Family engagement.

Learn more about each of the 10 components.


The Healthy Schools Action Team of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) has created a resource guide related to the ten components of the WSCC model. Access the virtual teaching resource guide here to learn how to implement the model's components in schools.