Healthy schools grow healthy adults

Any gardener will tell you that watching plants flourish through the summer is a rewarding experience and gives a sense of accomplishment

Any gardener will tell you that watching plants flourish through the summer is a rewarding experience and gives a great sense of accomplishment.

Healthy plants require a good foundation, strong roots, and regular tending. Children are very similar – for them to flourish they need healthy environments, strong connections to family, and adults in their lives who show they care!

Classrooms and school grounds, where students spend at least 25 hours a week, are a great environment for nourishing our children.

Along with learning the basics like reading and mathematics, schools provide lessons about respecting the differences in others, acting in a responsible and caring fashion, and they teach strategies to help children thrive in our ever-changing world.

Schools that promote a sense of belonging see both positive academic and health-related outcomes.

The good news is that currently the majority of B.C. students are happy to be at school and feel safe there.

According to the BC Adolescent Health Survey, students who reported feeling connected at school were more likely to describe their mental health as good or excellent and were more likely to see themselves continuing their education beyond high school.

Students who had an adult in their family they trusted if faced with a serious problem were also more likely to describe their mental health as good or excellent and were more likely to have post-secondary education plans.

Approachable adults contribute to a healthy environment!

Healthy Schools BC encourages schools to use a multi-pronged approach to create a healthy school environment.

These include: creating school environments that are safe and caring, teaching and learning that encourages information-seeking and problem-solving, creating and enforcing school policies that encourage appropriate behaviour, and connecting with community.

Supportive school environments encourage youth to stay in school, graduate from high school, and give them a better chance at post-secondary education.

Healthy schools are like a nutrient-rich garden for growing healthy children. With a good foundation, strong roots and regular tending, kids can flourish.

To learn more about Healthy Schools BC, visit http://healthyschoolsbc.ca or more information on the BC Adolescent Health Survey visit http://www.mcs.bc.ca/pdf/From_Hastings_Street_To_Haida_Gwaii.pdf.

-The author, Valerie Pitman is a Healthy Schools Regional Knowledge Coordinator with Interior Health

 

 

Just Posted

People who are homeless in Salmon Arm provide consultants with key information

Urban Matters consultants gather information from ‘experts’ as they work on housing strategy

Word on the street: What is your strategy for not spending too much on Christmas gifts this year?

The Observer asked: What is your strategy for not spending too much on Christmas gifts this year?

Map points to mysterious ‘Waterdome’ in the middle of Salmon Arm Bay

City would like to have map marker removed, pilot recalls its significance

43-acre property donated in memory of Shuswap man

Land along Eagle River to be named Ken Ritchie Park

VIDEO: SNL skewers Trudeau’s mockery of Trump in high school cafeteria sketch

The three world leaders won’t let Trump sit at the cool kids’ table

Kovrig clings to humour as ‘two Michaels’ near one year in Chinese prison

Their detention is widely viewed as retaliation for Canada’s arrest of Chinese high-tech scion Meng Wanzhou

Slippery sections reported on Okanagan and Shuswap highways

Some sections of the Trans-Canada highway have black ice on them.

B.C. VIEWS: An engine that hums right along

First Nations are leading a new surge of investment in B.C.

Brain injury from domestic abuse a ‘public health crisis,’ says B.C. researcher

Nearly 80% of the domestic violence victims who reported to police last year were women

Summerland college operated from 1906 to 1915

Ritchie Hall and Morton Hall were constructed for Okanagan Baptist College

Campbell River mom’s iPhone containing priceless photos stolen from Victoria hospital parkade

The phone contained photos, heartbeat recordings of her late son

Miller nets winner as Canucks edge Sabres 6-5 in OT

Roussel, Leivo tally two apiece for Vancouver

‘Norovirus-like’ outbreak interrupts Bantam hockey showcase in Greater Victoria

Several athletes were sent home, quarantined on the ferry

Most Read