The Comprehensive School Health Approach

A healthy school community is one that supports the wellness of all its members (students, teachers, staff, and parents) and strives to be a healthy setting for living, learning, and working.

How Can You Build Healthy School Communities?

Comprehensive School Health is an internationally-recognized and effective approach for building healthy school communities. It can be used to address a variety of health issues and can improve health, education, and social outcomes for children and youth. The resources on this website are meant to support teachers, students, school administrators, school jurisdiction staff, health professionals, parents, and community members in building healthy school communities.

Explore the topics below and discover resources to support healthy school communities:

  • Introduction to Comprehensive School Health
    Learn about the basics of comprehensive school health and how it supports student health and educational success.
  • Steps for Building Healthy School Communities
    Discover tools and templates that support the process of building a healthy school community.
  • Healthy School Policy
    Interested in working on policy to support student and staff wellness? These tools will help you develop and implement a healthy school policy.
  • Partnerships and Services
    There are many organizations in Alberta that support the comprehensive school health approach. They provide many types of support, including funding, consultation, resources, and training.
  • Teaching and Learning
    Find helpful resources such as the Provincial Teacher Resource List and newsletters for parents of both elementary students as well as junior and senior high students. Visit other Alberta Health Services web pages for information, curriculum-linked lesson plans, and resources on specific health topics for schools including: nutrition, mental health promotion, tobacco reduction, and injury prevention.

Resources on this website have been reviewed by the Alberta Health Services Comprehensive School Health Working Group and are consistent with the Alberta Health Services Framework for the Comprehensive School Health Approach.


Provincial Teacher Resource List
This list includes both resources that can be used by teachers in the classroom and resources for teachers about specific health topics.

Healthy Children and Healthy Teens Newsletters
These newsletters are targeted at parents of both elementary students and junior/senior high students (available in English and French).

Healthy Schools Calendar
These calendars highlight a wide range of health promotion events and funding opportunities for schools.

Webinar for Teachers
This short webinar is a guided tour of our webpage and highlights several resources.

Contact Us

AHS staff are available to help you with building a healthy school community.

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