Comprehensive School Health

Comprehensive school health (CSH) is an internationally recognized framework that supports improved student learning while addressing school health in a planned, holistic way.

With CSH:

  • Students are engaged as active participants in their learning and health;
  • Partnerships are promoted among school staff, parents, health practitioners, and the community;
  • The focus is on creating an environment that makes their school the best place possible to learn, work and play

CSH encompasses the whole school environment with actions in four distinct but inter-related areas:

  • Teaching and learning
  • Relationships and Environments
  • Our School Policies
  • Community Partnerships

Learning More about Comprehensive School Health

The impact of physical activity and healthy eating activities and lessons, such as those found on this site, is magnified when you extend them across the four pillars of comprehensive school health.

Comprehensive School Health

Consider the guiding questions as you explore and use the activities and resources on this site.

Relationships and Environments

Relationships and Environments

This is about the social environment, such as the quality of relationships between and among students and staff and their emotional well-being, and the physical spaces in the school, such as buildings, equipment, and outdoor areas.

Questions to consider:

  • How does what we are doing promote inclusive behaviours for all participants?
  • How might the physical environment (i.e., building, equipment, outdoor spaces) influence the activity for the participants?
   

Teaching and Learning

Teaching and Learning

This is about teaching and learning opportunities in a variety of learning environments that help to build the knowledge and skills to improve health and well-being.

Questions to consider:

  • How might this learning opportunity help participants learn about health and well-being?
  • How might it contribute to student learning experiences?
   

Community Partnerships

Community Partnerships

This refers to connections between the school and the community, including parents, other schools, local organizations and health professionals. It can also refer to partnerships within the school such as partnerships between classrooms.

Questions to consider:

  • Where are the opportunities to involve members of our school and/or outside community in this activity?
  • What opportunities are there to participate in this activity in our local community?
   

Our School Policies

Our School Policies

This includes provincial, district, school, or classroom policies, rules, procedures and/or codes of conducts that help to shape a caring and safe school environment and promote student health and well-being.

Question to consider:

  • How might the rules / policies within our class, school, or local community influence student participation in this activity?
   
   

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