(Farmington, Mo.) Over the past few years, Farmington schools have taken tremendous strides to improve their Health and Wellness programs across the district.

Dr. Ashley Krause, who serves as the Associate Superintendent for the Farmington School District in addition to serving on the Health and Wellness Committee, has been at the forefront of the movement over the past 18 months.

She says the district has adopted the CDC’s WSCC model which incorporates a multitude of programs into the ideology of “Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child.”

Krause says Farmington’s Health and Wellness Committee laid out two goals for the program.

To tackle substance abuse, Krause says the Farmington School District was given a grant from Prevention Consultants of Missouri and chose a model that focuses on open communication and choices that is being implemented across all grade levels.

Krause says it is a similar approach to mental health, with dialogue and self awareness as the focal point of navigating emotional wellness.

For more information on Farmington’s Health and Wellness Program and Committee, contact Dr. Krause through the Farmington School District.

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