A School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) is recommended to have at least 5 members and meet at least four times per school year. SHACs with multiple perspectives among them have an easier time answering the questions, come up with more innovative strategies to promote health and wellness in their schools, have greater buy-in when implementing plans, and are more sustainable long term. A SHAC can also be added to an existing group that is focusing on school improvements.
SHACs are proven to be more successful and satisfied throughout the process when comprised of (at least one each of) the following roles:
Principal or Assistant Principal
PE Teacher, Coach, or Athletic Director
School Nutrition Services Member or Manager
School Counselor, Psychologist, or Social Worker
School Nurse or Health Aide
Other: Para-professionals, librarians, grounds keeping professionals, community members, religious leaders, business owners, or local health resources.