Healthy Schools

The Ontario Healthy Schools Coalition defines a “Healthy School” as one that “promotes the physical, mental, social and spiritual health of the whole school community.”

A Healthy School, “is one that constantly strengthens its capacity as a healthy setting for living, learning and working” (as is a “Health Promoting School” according to the World Health Organization international concept). Healthy students are better learners (Basch, 2011).

A Healthy School includes:

  • High quality instruction and programs
  • A healthy physical environment
  • A supportive social environment
  • Community partnerships

Healthy schools encourage youth and parent engagement, caring relationships, staff wellness, extra-curricular activities  non-punitive policies, and effective classroom management techniques; all of these provide the student with a sense of belonging which allows them to learn to their greatest potential in a safe enjoyable environment (Blum, 2010).