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Healthy children make better learners and better educated children are healthier

A healthy school involves a holistic approach where school administration, teachers, parents, students and community agencies work together to create an environment that will have a positive impact on a child’s health and learning.

Toronto Public Health’s team of health professionals work to service school communities to create Healthy Schools. We use the Healthy Schools approach which is based on the Ontario Ministry of Education’s Foundations for a Healthy School.

Healthy Schools Approach

The Healthy Schools approach is integrated school-based health promotion that incorporates health and health messaging into all aspects of school activities and engages the school community at large.

There are four components:

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

The Healthy Schools Toolkit provides you with everything you need to transform your school using the Healthy Schools Approach.

Benefits of the Healthy Schools Approach

There is a close connection between health and learning. The Healthy Schools Approach supports improvement in students’ educational outcomes and promotes resilience by addressing school health in a planned, integrated and holistic way.

It encourages involvement of all members of the school community (students, parents, school staff, community agencies, local businesses) to work together to make schools healthier places for students to grow and learn.