Personal safety and injury prevention are essential to active and healthy living. Education in these areas plays a key role in applying health knowledge and making decisions about personal health. Positive behaviours in personal safety affect overall health and well-being.
Resources for personal safety and injury prevention
See ideas and resources below that support recreational and road safety:
Curriculum teaching & learning
- Check OPHEA's Safety Guidelines for concussion protocol and tools
- Check the Ontario Road Safety Resource for students in Kindergarten to grade 12
- Check Parachute for information on preventing injuries, programs such as Safe Kids Week or e-learning on concussions
- Check the Supportive Programs for Schools under the Hamilton Helmet Initiative for information on free injury prevention and skill-building programming
Classroom & school leadership
- Give opportunities to community members, parents, teachers and students to voice issues and engage in dialogue and problem solving related to helmet use and injury prevention
Make sure students are regularly wearing helmets according to school board policy
- Provide opportunities for students to share their perspectives and solutions on injury prevention issues through media and arts projects.
- Suggest secondary school students volunteer with Hamilton Helmet Initiative to prevent injuries. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Social & physical environments
- Use Active & Safe Routes to School to support a healthy physical environment. It provides options for schools to create an active culture and travel system.
Home, school & community partnership
Resources for sun safety, shade and the importance of trees
See ideas and resources below that support sun safety and shade:
Curriculum, teaching & learning
- Use the SCREEN ME! Sun Safe Awareness and Education Program for students in Kindergarten to grade 12. The Melanoma Network of Canada created this program.
Read information and access resources from Health Canada on sun safety.
- Use the SunSense program information and materials from the Canadian Cancer Society
- Read about Focus on Forests resources and curriculum links to support learning about forests for students in grades 1 -12.
- Read about sun safety and UV
- Ask your public health nurse about artificial tanning facts and resources or email email@example.com
Social & physical environment
Here are some ideas to support a healthy physical environment for sun safety:
- Access curriculum resources for students in grades 1 – 12 from Ontario EcoSchools to support your school in becoming environmentally responsible
- Create an outdoor classroom using a grant from Evergreen
- Developing school guidelines and policies that advocate for sun safety and shade creation
- Engaging in school wide activities that promote sun safety and shade creation hrough:
- announcements, bulletin boards and websites
- role modelling of sun safe behaviours
- advocating for more shade in your school and community
- participating in National Sun Safety Awareness Week in June
Home, school & community partnerships
Check these resources:
Trees Hamilton maintains and plants trees in Hamilton and supports the School Ground Greening project for grade 3 students.
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