Planning for a Healthy School
Foundations for a Healthy School
To create a healthy school, the school community works together to help students, staff and parents make healthier choices that promote student wellness and learning.
Create a Healthy School
To get started, talk to your school principal about becoming a healthier school. For more information on how to create a Healthy School, follow the steps below. Have questions? Contact your Public Health Nurse or email [email protected] to ask for assistance.
- Form a Healthy School committee
You can form a committee or join an existing one made up of students, staff, parents and community partners. Your committee needs to meet regularly and work through the steps below to become a healthier school. Together the committee can plan and lead activities to achieve goals and address health priorities.
- Identify your school’s priority
Gather ideas and information from students, teachers and parents to identify the school’s strengths, needs and interests related to health.
- Develop and carry out an action plan
Include students in the development of your action plan. Aim to add evidence-informed activities in these five areas over time:
- Curriculum, teaching and learning
- Classroom and school leadership
- Student engagement
- Social and physical environments
- Home, school and community partnerships
- Evaluate and celebrate achievements
Review, evaluate and celebrate your success in creating a healthier school. Communicate with the whole school community as you work through all of the steps and plan your school health activities for the school.
The youth engagement model uses a strength-based approach, nurtures assets and empowers youth to build skills, confidence and contribute to their communities.