Healthy School Communities

What is a Healthy School Community?

Healthier students have better learning outcomes, so it’s important to consider the conditions that affect health. A school is a unique setting that can have a strong influence on the health of students. School settings can influence factors such as healthy food, promoting physical activity, maintaining good mental wellness, and establishing healthy relationships with others.


A Healthy School Community:

  • Recognizes that healthy students learn better and achieve more
  • Understands that schools can directly influence students’ health and behaviours
  • Encourages healthy lifestyle choices, and promotes students’ health and wellbeing
  • Incorporates health into all aspects of school and learning
  • Links health and education issues and systems
  • Needs the participation and support of families and the community at large

How is student health supported in a Healthy School Community?

The Healthy School Communities approach is based on the internationally recognized Comprehensive School Health framework which supports  improvement in students’ educational outcomes while addressing school health in a planned, integrated and holistic way. The framework consists of four interrelated pillars:

All AVRCE schools use the Healthy School Communities approach to increase learning and health outcomes. School administrators work with school-based teams, the family of schools, and community partners to identify priorities that address healthy social and physical environments, opportunities for teaching and learning, and ways to strengthen community partnerships and services for students.


Healthy School Communities and SchoolsPlus Working Together

SchoolsPlus is a collaborative approach to supporting students and families, with the school as the centre of service delivery. SchoolsPlus helps to coordinate services from multiple government agencies and community organizations. The work of Healthy School Communities and SchoolsPlus is focused on promoting student and family health and well-being. Click on the images below to learn more about how Healthy School Communities and SchoolsPlus work together.






Learn more about Healthy School Communities:

OPHEA Healthy School Communities video (Youtube)



Annapolis Valley Health - Healthy School Communities Consultant
Erin Todd
Phone: 902-599-0350

Supervisor of School Support Services
Michael Ouellette
Phone: 902-538-4745

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