Comprehensive School Health (CSH)

CSH is an internationally recognized framework for supporting improvements in students' educational outcomes while addressing school health in a planned, integrated and holistic way.

About CSH

The CSH framework helps educators, health practitioners, school staff, students and others to work together to create an environment that makes their school the best place possible to learn, work and play. It is important to recognize that CSH does not require more work; it is just a way of working that becomes everyday practice.

  • recognizes that healthy young people learn better and achieve more;
  • understands that schools can directly influence students' health and behaviours;
  • encourages healthy lifestyle choices, and promotes students' health and well-being;
  • incorporates health into all aspects of school and learning, acknowledging that health is
  • more than just the absence of illness;
  • links health and education issues and systems; and, needs the participation and support of families and the community at large.


Who can access these services?

By incorporating CSH into everyday practice, healthy schools learn to plan, coordinate and deliver healthy school activities and strategies without adding to workload.

How do you access services?

Partnership is one of the most important aspects of Comprehensive School Health. To maximize the benefits, all members of the school community work together to make the school the best possible place to learn, work and play.

In addition to students, families, educators and school staff, partners in creating a healthy school may include any or all of the following:

  • health promotion specialists;
  • public health nurses;
  • dietitians and community nutritionist;
  • staff from local parks or recreation facilities;
  • local businesses (e.g., donating sports equipment or sponsoring activities);
  • local interest groups (e.g., garden club, chess club); and
  • other community service providers that support and promote student and staff health and well-being.

Who can I call for more information?

Schools interested in services and resources can contact Community Partner Program Coordinator Nikki McAllister at 403.945.4069.

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