About Health Promoting Schools

Health promotion in schools is not just about encouraging children and young people to eat well and to exercise; it encompasses a much broader approach, which includes promoting the physical, social, spiritual, mental and emotional well-being of all students and staff.

About the Program

Schools in Nova Scotia are working hard to have health promotion as an important aspect of their every day life. Students whose schools promote good health and provide programs and services to the school population are more effective.

A strong focus on health contributes to higher academic achievement and increases educational equity for all students. The many interventions that are a part of this approach can help children and youth live healthier lives, learn and develop to their fullest potential, and to establish productive and satisfying relationships.

Ultimately, this comprehensive school health approach can reduce or defer health care and other human services costs.

Nova Scotia Health Promoting Schools is a partnership led by the Department of Education and the Department of Health Promotion and Protection, and comprising Nova Scotia’s eight school boards, the Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey, the province’s district health authorities, and community members.