Become a Healthy School
A Healthy School is one that promotes the physical, mental, social and spiritual health of the whole school community.
A Healthy Schools approach looks beyond the classroom to the entire school setting. It involves students, staff, parents, volunteers and community partners all working together to share ideas, plan and take action to help kids lead healthy active lives.
Learn about what's happening in Niagara schools through the Healthy Schools Niagara Spotlight.
The Ministry of Education recognizes and endorses the Healthy Schools framework in Foundations for a Healthy School.
Benefits of a Healthy School Community
A Healthy Schools approach is an evidence-based, internationally recognized framework for building healthy school communities. Benefits of becoming a Healthy School include:
- Opportunities for students to be more involved in school life
- Improved student success and well-being
- Reduced absenteeism
- Improved academic achievement
- Reduced negative behaviours
- Improved student interaction
- Improved staff wellness
Schools interested in adopting the Healthy Schools framework can follow these six steps to help make their school an even healthier place to live, learn and work.
- Form a Healthy School group
- Identify strengths and areas for improvement
- Develop an action plan
- Implement the action plan
- Evaluate and celebrate achievements
- Review and adjust the plan
To learn more about these steps and to request resources, email Healthy Schools.
Every elementary and secondary school in Niagara has a public health nurse attached to it. Public health plays a major role in supporting Healthy Schools and can help elementary and secondary schools to:
- Promote the Healthy Schools framework as a best practice model. For example, presentations provided at staff meetings and parent council.
- Assist schools in creating a Healthy Schools team
- Support the planning and implementation of health promotion campaigns that target school wide involvement
Additional services offered to schools
- Provide health and physical education curriculum consultation and support for teaching staff
- Teaching tools and lesson plans
- Provide pre-vaccination teaching, and support at vaccination clinics
- Assist with parent events
- Connect schools with community resources
- Training and on-going support for a variety of different school health programs
- Anaphylaxis and asthma education for school staff
- Provide oral health presentations
Additional services offered to secondary schools
Confidential one-on-one nursing services for students in select schools, including:
- Birth control
- Pregnancy testing and counselling
- Sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment
- Smoking cessation
- Mental wellness
- Substance misuse
- Healthy lifestyles and relationships
To learn more about Healthy Schools or to connect with a public health nurse, contact us at: