Healthy School Communities
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What is a Healthy School Community?
A healthy school community promotes a culture of wellness for all its members: students, teachers, administrators, principals, staff, parents, and community partners.
Comprehensive School Health is an internationally-recognized and effective approach for building healthy school communities. It can be used to address a variety of health issues and can improve health, education, and social outcomes for children and youth.
A Healthy School Community:
- Recognizes that healthy students learn better and achieve more;
- Understands that schools can directly influence students’ health and behaviours;
- Encourages healthy lifestyle choices, and promotes students’ health and well-being;
- Incorporates health into all aspects of school and learning;
- Links health and education issues and systems; and
- Needs the participation and support of families and the greater community.
How is Student Health Supported in a Healthy School Community?
Health and education are interdependent: healthy students are better learners, and better-educated individuals are healthier. Research has shown that a Healthy School Community is an effective way to promote that connection, improving both health and educational outcomes, while encouraging healthy behaviours that last a lifetime.
The Halifax Regional Centre for Education encourages and supports schools to promote Healthy School Communities.
HRCE Healthy School Communities Team
Kelly Sherwood, RD, HRCE School Nutritionist
902-464-2000, ext. 2180
Healthy School Community Health Promoter
Angela Day, Health Promoter
902-464-2000, ext. 4414
Junior High Sports
Conor Fudge, Leader - Extra-Curricular Sports Grades 6-9
902-464-2000, ext. 4899