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Good physical and mental health is critically important to students’ ability to learn, and schools can be effective and cost-effective contexts for health promotion.

Where schools have implemented comprehensive school health programs, they have been able to boost academic achievement, reduce behavioural problems and other barriers to learning, and help students develop the skills they need to be physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy.

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March 10, 2016
by People for Education
August 28, 2015
A current working draft of the foundational skills/competencies and learning conditions. This draft is being made available as a framework to stimulate discussion and reflection. Read more >
July 24, 2015
by People for Education
July 23, 2015
by Dr. Bruce Ferguson and Keith Power
This report outlines the long-term benefits - to students' educational and life outcomes - of supporting students' health through comprehensive programs. Read more >

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International Research

December 17, 2015
by Canadian Nurses Association
This article examines the research on the benefits of having pubic health nurses in schools, including improved attendance and educational outcomes. Read more >
February 21, 2015
by Dr. Peter Paulus
This presentation flips the thinking about the connection between education and health. Instead of suggesting that schools provide the best places for health promotion, the author suggests that health promotion provides the best route for educational success. Read more >
December 04, 2014
by Public Health England
Public Health England, an agency of the Department of Health in England produced a research briefing on the importance of students' social emotional learning. The briefing discusses the critical role that social emotional health of students plays in student school success and ... Read more >
December 04, 2014
by Jamie Doward, The Observer
London School of Economics' Centre for Economic Performance finds that emotional health in childhood is a key indicator for future happiness. LSE researchers did a cohort study of 9,000 people since 1970. The researchers argue that early childhood emotional health is more ... Read more >
November 07, 2014
by University of Waterloo
In Nova Scotia, Quebec, PEI and BC, schools are participating in a new way to keep track of students’ physical and mental health. Read more >
November 01, 2014
by ANI News
Dartmouth researchers have developed an android app that compares students' happiness, stress, depression and loneliness to their academic performance. Results show significant correlation between students' mental health and their academic performance over the term and revealed ... Read more >
November 01, 2014
by Cheri Cheng, Counsel & Heal
A new Finnish research study found that young boys who are physically active tend to have better academic achievements. Boys who reported higher levels of physical activity during recess had better reading skills than less active boys. Boys who participated in organized sports ... Read more >

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