Health Promoting Schools
“Health Promoting Schools are schools which display, in everything they say and do, support and commitment to enhancing the emotional, social, physical and moral wellbeing of their school community.” (World Health Organisation)
- The Health Promoting Schools (HPS) initiative was developed by the World Health Organisation (WHO), and in 1997 was established nationally in NZ.
- HPS is a process, rather than a programme, that works through a whole school community approach
- The HPS framework is a useful guide enabling planning, about what will happen in a school, to be both comprehensive and holistic
- Research tells us that a whole-school approach that is multi-factorial and sustained over time will have benefits for the school community (WHO 2006)
The HPS National Strategic Framework supports school communities to identify and address their specific health needs and take actions that use their strengths and build capability. The framework empowers school communities to develop their own solutions in partnership with health, education and social services.
The HPS inquiry cycle supports the school community to collectively identify and select the greatest health needs that stop members of the school community from achieving outcomes. The cycle involves supporting the school community to identify strengths and resources available to develop and apply solutions to meet these needs. This process is monitored and reviewed to inform ongoing and future actions.
The inquiry-based approach is outcomes focused and sustainable as it builds on what schools already do and integrates the actions and outcomes into schools’ planning and reporting processes.
Each school starts with a different vision and plans for different outcomes.
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Contact the Health Promoting Schools staff at your local office for further information:
Ph: +64 3 364 1777
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Fuel the body, fuel the brain: South New Brighton School
As a school staff we had noticed that the lunch boxes some children were bringing to school contained lots of processed and pre-packaged items, high in sugar, salt and fat. We are a ‘water only’ school and our students have a ‘fruit break’ every day at 10 o’clock.
We felt we now wanted to promote more healthy choices for morning tea and lunch. It was decided to base our first whole school inquiry of the year around “Fuel the Body, Fuel the Brain”.
Healthy Events and Fundraisers: A Guide for School and Community Organisers
This recently released booklet is designed to help you, your school and your community, create a food and drink environment that encourages making the healthy choice the easy choice.
The guide provides sample food and nutrition policies for events and schools as well as ideas for healthy prizes, kai, products to sell and activities to do. Community and Public Health intends the resource to be used by schools and community organisations to guide events and fundraising practices and culture towards one that promotes and supports healthy eating.