Learn more about the healthy schools program and comprehensive school health.
Public Health nurses dedicated to the program work in partnership with school districts and identified schools to promote physical, emotional and social well-being using a comprehensive school health approach.
Health and education
Health and education are interdependent: healthy students are better learners, and education is an important determinant of health. All children and youth deserve opportunities in every aspect of their school experience to foster their healthy physical, mental, social and intellectual development.
Healthy school environments can support the well-being of the entire school community. Research demonstrates that a holistic, whole-school approach, such as comprehensive school health is effective at creating healthy school environments. Canada’s Joint Consortium for School Health states that comprehensive school health is an internationally recognized framework for supporting improvements in students' educational outcomes while addressing school health in a planned, integrated and holistic way.
The Fraser Health Healthy Schools Program aims to create vibrant and healthy schools through collective action. Public Health nurses dedicated to the program work in partnership with school districts and identified schools to promote physical, emotional and social well-being using a comprehensive school health approach.
The Healthy Schools Program focuses on four areas of wellness, using a comprehensive school health approach:
- Mental wellness: Social and emotional competencies, school connectedness, mental health literacy, trauma informed practices and policies
- Active living: Daily physical activity, active transportation
- Healthy eating: Food literacy, healthy eating policies
- Healthy practices: Comprehensive sexual health education and policies, substance use prevention
Healthy schools program goals
- Foster a consistent comprehensive school health approach
- Establish an integrated and coordinated Healthy Schools team
- Establish equitable Healthy Schools support in school communities
- Support the development and implementation of healthy school policies at the district level
- Support connectedness between schools and communities at the district level
- Support school environments that promote wellness and empower children and youth in their health
- Support child and youth health and wellness
What we do
Each school community is unique and therefore actions will be tailored to fit the needs of the specific school community. General services provided to school communities include:
- Partner with school districts and identified schools to collaborate on a Comprehensive School Health approach
- Share health data and evidence-based resources
- Support development and implementation of school district healthy living policies
- Support healthy living grant applications
- Build capacity for Comprehensive School Health
- Link schools to programs and services available through Fraser Health or in the community