Healthy Schools Approach

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.

The Student

A boy looking puzzled

  • A positive school environment can improve learning
  • Gives students opportunities for engagement and leadership


The School Staff

Female School Staff

  • Provides opportunities to build on the curriculum in and out of the classroom
  • A Healthy School improves relationships between students and staff and makes the school a healthier place to learn and work


The Family, Parent, Guardian, or Caregiver

A family walking outdoor

  • Opportunities are created for parents to get involved in the school community
  • Parents can learn about keeping their children and families healthy

The School Community

A group standing in a circle

  • A Healthy School can create a supportive environment for all members of the school community
  • Members of the school community are empowered to take responsibility for their health and take pride in their school