Presentation on theme: "Research has shown that healthy students are better learners. How can you develop a healthy school community using a Comprehensive School Health Approach?"— Presentation transcript:
Research has shown that healthy students are better learners. How can you develop a healthy school community using a Comprehensive School Health Approach? Developing a Healthy School Community
What is a Healthy School Community? A healthy school community is one in which members of the school community work together to create physical and social environments that support active, healthy children and youth through the implementation of a comprehensive school health approach. It is a school community that constantly strengthens its capacity as a healthy setting for living, learning and working. Comprehensive School Health is the mechanism not the end result.
Joint Consortium for School Health Comprehensive school health is an internationally recognized framework for supporting improvements in students’ educational outcomes while addressing school wellness in a planned, integrated and holistic way. It is not just about what happens in the classroom. Rather, it encompasses the whole school environment with actions addressing four distinct but inter-related pillars that provide a strong foundation for a healthy school community (JCSH, 2008).
Social & Physical Environment sense of belonging, connectedness, emotional well-being culture, relationships buildings, grounds, amenities Teaching and Learning knowledge & skills development Healthy School Policy practices, decision-making processes, rules, procedures, regulations Partnerships & Services relationships between school, students, families, wider community Four Pillars of a Comprehensive School Health Approach
Health and education are interdependent: healthy students are better learners, and better-educated individuals are healthier (WHO, 2003). Research has shown that a comprehensive school health approach is an effective way to tap into that connection, improving both health and educational outcomes (Deschesnes et al., 2003). In the classroom, a comprehensive school health approach helps to improve academic achievement and can increase positive behaviours (Deschesnes et al., 2003). In the broader school environment, it helps students develop the skills they need to be physically and emotionally healthy for life (WHO, 2007). The Research
Healthy young people learn better and achieve more Schools can directly influence students’ health and behaviours So schools can: Encourage healthy lifestyle choices, and promote students’ health and wellbeing Incorporate health into all aspects of school and learning Link health and education issues and systems But: They need the participation and support of all stakeholder groups Which means that:
Sustainable Change through Engagement This can be achieved by: Forging partnerships between home, school and community Including representation from the different stakeholder groups Students Teachers/staff Administration Parents/families District/ Trustees Community /Businesses but remember change takes time...
A process to support the development of healthy school communities
Assessment Tool Focus Groups Comment Box Self-Developed Survey Determine the Priority Areas Create a Shared Vision What should a healthy school community look like? Prepare Identify champions Form a wellness committee
Use an “Action Plan” template State goals (SMART Goals) Identify strategies List resources Specify roles and responsibilities Identify links to the curriculum Share the action plan with others Develop an Action Plan
Were your goals reached? Record results Gather input from school community Consider what worked and what was not as successful Be proud and celebrate! Reflect, Evaluate and Celebrate Implement and Monitor Host a launch Communication is key –engage the students in this Track progress Any changes? Inform everyone
A process to support the development of healthy school communities Alberta Health Services. Comprehensive School Health. Joint Consortium for School Health. (2008). What is Comprehensive School Health? Queensland Government. (2005). Health Promoting Schools Toolbox
A healthy school community extends beyond the school and into the outside community
Embedding Practice in Alberta Foundational Documents
2x2x2 In the next 2 days I will… In the next 2 weeks I will… In the next 2 months I will… As a teacher what is your role? Contact Information Partners Handout Next steps…