Our Approach

Comprehensive School Health (CSH):

Comprehensive school health is an internationally recognized framework for supporting improvements in students’ educational outcomes while addressing school health in a planned, integrated and holistic way.

A CSH approach is not intended to be more work, but rather it is a way of working that becomes everyday practice. It is not just about what happens in the classroom. Rather, it encompasses the whole school environment with actions addressing four distinct but inter-related pillars:

DASH BC- diagram of four pillars (no title)
  • Relationships and Environments;
  • Teaching and Learning;
  • Community Partnerships;
  • Our School Policies.

When actions in all four pillars are harmonized, students are supported to realize their full potential as learners – and as healthy, productive members of society.

The diagram shows the four interrelated pillars of comprehensive school health: social and physical environment, teaching and learning, partnerships and services, and healthy school policy.

Why Do We Need Comprehensive School Health?

Health and education are interdependent: healthy students are better learners, and better-educated individuals are healthier. Research has shown that a CSH approach is an effective way to tap into that linkage, improving both health and educational outcomes and encouraging healthy behaviours that last a lifetime. In the classroom, CSH facilitates improved academic achievement and can lead to fewer behavioural problems. In the broader school environment, it helps students develop the skills they need to be physically and emotionally healthy for life.

To learn more about comprehensive school health, please visit the Healthy Schools BC Website, where you can learn more about the framework and what it looks like in action. You can also view a short video that explains what CSH is.

This video demonstrates a simple step-by-step process to create healthy schools. The steps are based on the process outlined in the Healthy Schools BC Learning Framework (HS LF).