Healthy places Schools Healthy Schools Initiative

Healthy Schools Initiative

A healthy school is a place where students are supported by other students, staff, parents and community partners in making healthy choices.

The Healthy Schools Toolkit gives student leaders, teachers and parents resources to help them carry out their own health promotion activities based on a peer-to-peer (youth reaching out to youth) model.

In Oxford County, Healthy Schools is funded by the Ministry of Health Promotion & Sport and Public Health and Emergency Services. The program is based on the Ministry of Education framework for Healthy Schools, which promotes good food, daily physical activity and a healthy environment as means of supporting learning and growth and helping students reach their full potential. 


Students in Healthy Schools:

  • Are able to concentrate and learn better in class because their basic needs are met (i.e., nutrition, physical activity and emotional well-being)
  • Develop greater confidence, motivation, self-esteem, and have the commitment and capacity to make important life and health choices
  • Have access to community services
  • Are more likely to achieve better academic results
  • Have strategies to interact effectively with peers
  • Attend school more regularly 

Download the Healthy Schools toolkit

Schools can request the full Healthy Schools toolkit with appendices from their school nurse or by contacting Oxford County Public Health at the number and e-mail address listed below.

Download: Oxford County Healthy Schools Toolkit - Elementary 
Download: Oxford County Healthy Schools Toolkit - Secondary

Healthy Schools in Oxford County is a partnership between Public Health & Emergency Services and the Thames Valley District School Board, the London District Catholic School Board, and Conseil scolaire de district des écoles catholiques du Sud-Ouest.


For information contact : 
Sandra Dineen
519-539-9800 | toll-free 1-800-755-0394