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How to Become a Healthy School

A healthy school is one where school administration, teachers, parents, students and community agencies work together to create an environment that is a healthy setting for living, learning and working.

Using a “healthy schools” (link to what is a healthy schools approach) or comprehensive approach to school health helps to promote and integrate health within and beyond the classroom. The benefits of a healthy school community extend beyond the students, and also positively impacts school staff, parents and the community as a whole.

There are six simple steps that a school can follow to make some positive, long-lasting changes to the health of their entire school.

Six steps to a healthy school 

OPHEA’s Healthy Schools Certification

  • A program that recognizes and celebrates school communities for promoting and enhancing the health and well-being of students, school staff and the broader community
  • Schools can achieve gold, silver or bronze level certification

Joint Consortium for School Health

Healthy Schools, Healthy Communities: How You Can Make A Difference video

Interested in making some healthy changes at your school? Contact your school’s public health nurse or health promoter for more information and support. 

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