Healthy Schools

A healthy school environment helps children learn and contributes to life-long patterns of fitness and good health. Schools have a key role to play as young people spend the majority of their time in school. Schools help create opportunities for young people to be active after school – they can provide safe places to play and access to organized activities and care.

Check out these key organizations & resources!

Here are some key organizations and resources supporting healthy schools – use them to help promote great ideas and practices at your children’s schools.

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Active Healthy Kids Canada

Active Healthy Kids Canada is committed to inspiring the nation to engage all children and youth in physical activity.  The Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth is compiled and released annually.

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Children's Mental Health Ontario

CMHO champions the right of every child and youth in Ontario to mental health and well-being. CMHO represents and supports the providers of child and youth mental health treatment services throughout Ontario.

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Ontario Healthy Schools Coalition

Promoting physical, mental, social and spiritual health, this Ontario-wide, broad-based coalition works to promote healthy schools so students can achieve academic success.  Members include public health units, school boards and more.

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Ophea

Ophea is led by the vision that all kids value, participate in and make a lifelong commitment to healthy active living. Interested in how you can improve health and learning within a healthy school and community - Ophea.net is for you!

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Check out these resources
  • 12funactivities

    12 fun activities to get your family moving

    It's time to get creative and find fun new ways to play! Give your kids the gift of a healthy life with fun, run-around games everyone will love.

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    7 tips for raising active, healthy kids

    Get your little ones off the couch and into physical activity with these expert tips on raising active, healthy children.

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    Creating healthy schools and kids!

    In this webinar, we'll show you how to make your school a healthy school! Parents, teachers & principals - learn how to make your school healthier using our free toolkit and find out why schools are an ideal place to focus on improving kids’ health.

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    Ready, Set, Go! A toolkit for creating healthy schools

    Step by step, this toolkit will guide you as you work to create a healthier school. Ready: Use the multiple choice questionnaire to assess your school; Set: share the results; and Go: make a plan! Funded by Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Spark Advocacy Grants.

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    Strategies for Involving Parents in School Health

    Check out this new resource from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Parent Engagement: Strategies for Involving Parents in School Health.

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    The next steps for a healthy school

    Want to make your school a healthy school? Not sure where to start? This video will guide students, parents and staff in ways to continue making their school a healthy school with a positive learning environment.

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    Why healthy schools matter

    This great video animation shows why we need healthy, active schools, in just 2 minutes! Kids have become very inactive over the last two decades, and it affects their physical health, mental health and even their academic performance.

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    Your 15 minute guide to new healthy food policy

    Watch and listen to this 15 minute webinar: Public Health Nutritionist Lucy Valleau explains how the new food and beverage policy for schools works and shares some great tips! This is what you need to know to implement the new food guidelines at your school.

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