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The Healthy Schools Department supports all schools across Windsor-Essex County to enhance the health and well-being of students. A multi-disciplinary team of Public Health Nurses (PHN), a Health Promotion Specialist, and a Public Health Nutritionist work together to provide evidence-based information that compliments the Health & Physical Education Curriculum.

The topics we support are:

  • Healthy eating
  • Physical activity and sedentary behaviour
  • Substance use and harm reduction
  • Concussions and injury prevention
  • Human development and sexual health
  • Mental health and suicide prevention
  • Violence and bullying
  • Vision and oral health

If you have any questions for our staff, please call the Healthy Schools Department at 519-258-2146 ext. 1555 or email

A healthy school is a place that supports students’ well-being, where the focus is on the whole child. Knowing that healthy students are better learners, creating a school that emphasizes their cognitive, emotional, social, and physical health will support their academic success. Schools looking to become “Healthy Schools” can work through the framework of the Foundations for a Healthy School, as explained below.

Promoting student well-being is a shared responsibility and a team approach works best. Healthy schools involve school administrators, teachers, parents, students, and community agencies to create environments that support students’ physical, social, mental, and intellectual development.

The Healthy School Approach (also known as the Comprehensive School Health Approach) includes the following foundational areas:

  1. Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning
  2. School and Classroom Leadership
  3. Student Engagement
  4. Social and Physical Environments
  5. Home, School, and Community Partnerships

By addressing these five-interconnected areas, schools will be able to develop a comprehensive and coordinated approach to healthy school policies, programs, and initiatives.

Learn more about the Foundations for a Healthy School Resource

There are four steps to become a Healthy School:

  1. Identify your team: Form a team of interested people that can help direct and carry out the work. Make sure to include people from diverse groups, including staff, parents, students, and administrators.

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  1. Pick a health topic: Learn what the health needs of your school are, and the strengths of your group. Based on the information you gather, pick a priority health topic for your team to focus on.
  1. Develop and implement your plan: As a group, develop a plan to address the health topic your team has chosen. This plan should outline all the activities your team needs to complete to achieve your goal, assigning roles to each team member. Make sure you address all the five-interconnected areas from the Healthy Schools approach.

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  • Use our Work Sheet Template to guide your team as you develop your plan. Feel free to adapt this to fit your school’s specific needs
  1. Evaluate and celebrate your success: Review your plans and evaluate the impact your work had. Be sure to celebrate your wins, big or small. It is important to acknowledge the work that your team has done to build a Healthy School.

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If you have questions on the process, or for access to other tools to help your school become a Heathy School, please contact your school’s Public Health Nurse, or the Healthy Schools Department at 519-258-2146 ext. 1555 or via email at

Do you want to learn more about healthy living topics such as physical activity, nutrition, mental health, injury prevention, or substance use prevention? Visit our Healthy Schools Educator’s website! You will find information on a variety of health topics as they matter to school-aged children, links to helpful and credible resources, programs, and even ideas on how to promote the topics in your school.

Educators looking for curriculum-linked resources can visit our Curriculum Support page. This page has resources for a variety of health and physical education curriculum topics, divided by elementary and secondary grades.

These pages will continue to be updated as new resources are developed, or information changes.