CSBA Committee on Comprehensive School Health is committed to working in partnership with government, non-government, and community partners to advocate for active healthy lifestyles. Benefits to creating healthy learning environments include: greater overall achievement, well-rounded students, decreased discipline problems and improved attendance, improved lifelong health, reduced disparities.
We are committed to demonstrating leadership and providing a national voice in responding to the health and wellness challenges of students across Canada. Our Charter of Commitment provides a clear mission, terms of reference and a framework for our work.
From our partners at PHE CANADA…
“Healthy children have increased capacity to learn and develop the values, attitudes and skills necessary to be competent, effective and resilient adults. Learning environments that promote and support student and child well-being focus on their cognitive, emotional, social and physical development – a whole child/student approach. This comprehensive approach aims to improve student health and educational success through the creation of healthy school communities.
A healthy school community promotes a culture of wellness for all its members: students, teachers, administrators, principals, staff, parents, and community partners. Together, the school community implements plans to create an environment that supports healthy choices among its members.”
The above organization provides resources, frameworks for Healthy School Communities and current research. Please visit http://phecanada.ca.
Comprehensive School Health
Outdoor Play Canada
OPC is a network of advocates, practitioners, researchers and organizations working together to promote, protect, and preserve access to play in nature and the outdoors for all people living in Canada.
PHE Canada‘s 2021-2024 Strategic Plan provides a clear path forward to ensuring that by 2024 the PHE Community is empowered to equip each and every child and youth with the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to lead resilient, active and healthy lives.
Comprehensive School Health Hub
K-12 CSH Resources – Healthy Eating, Positive Mental Well-Being, Physical Activity, Teacher & Staff Well-Being (ADD)
SIRCLE: Essential Conditions for Comprehensive School Health
SIRCLE has created a tool to help schools reflects, plan, and celebrate their Comprehensive School Health efforts.
The Coalition for Healthy School Food is a growing network of over 180 non-profit member organizations from every province and territory. They are advocating for public investment in and federal standards for a universal cost-shared school food program that would see all children having daily access to healthy food at school.
Mental Health: research, guidelines and resources
Learning for a Sustainable Future
LSF has resources and professional development to support teachers and programs to empower youth in undertaking action, keeping students safe, healthy, and engaged in learning.
SunSense Program from the Canadian Cancer Society
Supporting schools to create sun-safe environments.
Elmer COVID 19 Vaccine information program
This program provides teachers across Canada with tools and information to ease the tough conversation with children about COVID 19 vaccinations. Resources will help ensure that a fact-based discussion is facilitated in the classrooms.
Wellness Together Canada – Mental Health and Substance Use Support
Wellness Together Canada is designed to be used on demand: choose what you need, when you need it. Services range from basic wellness information, to one-on-one sessions with a counsellor, to participating in a community of support.
Frayme supports and leads a variety of work and projects with the aim of improving youth mental health and substance use (YMHSU) care systems in Canada.
exists in the space where mental health, wellness, engagement and technology meet. They work with young people aged 14 to 29 to co-create interactive tools and innovative resources to build capacity and resilience.
What to Expect from Your Child’s School in Children’s Mental Health [from The F.O.R.C.E. Society for Kids’ Mental Health via BC Mental Health and Addiction Service]
College of Alberta School Superintendents (CASS)
CASS supports building system leader excellence to ensure student success. System education leaders play a critical role in ensuring quality school leadership, quality teaching, and optimum learning for all students in Alberta. To meet the respective professional practice standard, all teachers, school leaders, and system leaders need to be in good health.
Well at Work
Developed by the EdCan Network, Well at Work supports education leaders across Canada to develop and implement system-wide strategies to improve K-12 workplace wellbeing for the long term – all while mobilizing a network of passionate educators, researchers, practitioners, and stakeholder groups.
Comprehensive School Health articles, programs, and research
The Colour of Wellbeing: How do we ensure the wellbeing and success of BIPOC students and K-12 staff? [EdCan article]
Download the factsheet
Back-to-School Healthcare Guidance – ISMP Canada – Health Canada partner [SafeMedicationUse.ca newsletter]
Farm to Cafeteria Canada: Edible Education
Farm to School Canada
Farm to School (F2S) brings healthy, local food into schools, and provides students with hands-on learning opportunities that foster food literacy, all while strengthening the local food system and enhancing school and community connectedness.
The Global Strategy For Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030)
“Health and education are symbiotic. What affects one affects the other. The healthy child learns better just as the educated child leads a healthier life.”
PLAY IS THE WAY® is a behaviour education program and process in which the entire school community (all adults and every child) can participate, grow, and enjoy. The program helps build an environment and culture for transitions from youth to adolescence and adulthood. [Text via Play Is the Way.]
What is the Early Development Instrument? The questionnaire has 103 questions and measures five core areas of early child development that are known to be good predictors of adult health, education and social outcomes. [Text via The Human Early Learning Partnership.]