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revised July 16, 2009

What is Comprehensive School Health?

School communities are an ideal setting to promote healthy behaviours for staff and students. Peel Public Health works in partnership with school communities to work on health issues under the Comprehensive School Health model.

Comprehensive School Health (CSH) is a best practice model consisting of:

Quality Programs Instruction:
Education of students, parents and school staff on key health topics.

Safe Physical Environment:
Creating a safe school environment.

Healthy Social Environment:
Fostering supportive networks among students, families and the school community.

Community Partnerships:
Co-ordinating preventive health services and including Peel Police, Parks and Recreation and other community agencies.

Comprehensive School Health is a way of working with school communities to identify and address issues affecting the health and well-being of school staff, students, parents and community members. This approach “includes a broad spectrum of activities and services which take place in schools and their surrounding communities in order to enable children and youth to enhance their health, to develop to their fullest potential and to establish productive and satisfying relationships in their present and future lives.” (Canadian Association for School Health, 2006).

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