“Connect the Dots” Between Health and Learning

Make your school community the best place to learn, work and play with three outstanding Resources for students in grades 7–12.

  1. Wellness: A Question of Balance – An Educator Resource
  2. Teens and Transition: A Teacher Guide
  3. Teens and Transition: A Parent Guide

The Resources provide a complete health and wellness curriculum. They include lesson plans with activities, handouts and self-assessment tools. The Resources can easily be adapted for use with elementary students, adults, and community partners.

For use by:

  • School counselors
  • Teachers
  • Administrators
  • School psychologists
  • Support staff
  • School social workers
  • Parents
  • Health promotion specialists
  • Public health nurses
  • Community partners e.g. parks/recreation staff, police liaison officers, businesses

A School’s Guide to Success: The Seven Cs
Part I: Community Assessment

  • Concentrating on Senior-Level Support
  • Creating a Cohesive Team
  • Collecting Data to Drive Health Efforts
  • Carefully Crafting an Operating Plan
  • Choosing Appropriate Interventions
  • Creating Supportive Environments
  • Consistently Evaluating Outcomes

(From Reynolds’ Wellness Priorities Survey Project)

Learn about the Resources.

Elements of a healthy school community

A healthy school community is one that improves and protects the health of everyone.

To serve more students and to better address the needs of all, a comprehensive approach makes sense.

These Resources support and enhance the essential elements of a healthy school community!

The Resources have been designed, tested and revised by a seasoned educator.

Why Use These Resources?

Our students face severe challenges such as:

  • Disordered eating
  • Bullying
  • Loneliness
  • Depression
  • Alcohol abuse

Safeguard not only vulnerable youth, but also all youth.

Be proactive by adopting a system-wide approach that involves everyone in the navigation of complex issues.

Engage students in making decisions about their own health.

Partnerships that promote healthy and safe behaviors should be part of the fundamental mission of all schools.

Grit, curiosity, self-control, social intelligence, zest, optimism and gratitude are examples of healthy children’s mental health. Learn how to instill grit.

Resources for a Whole School Approach

Three resources dovetail with a whole-school approach. These resources have concrete, clear, adaptable lesson plans and activities that can reverse even the most difficult situations that face a school community.

They are for use in the classroom, for work with parents, teachers and community partners.

  1. Wellness: A Question of Balance: An Educator Resource (Grade 10 to adult)
  2. Teens and Transition: A Teacher Guide (supports the move to high school and during the first year)
  3. Teens and Transition: A Parent Guide (helps parents and their teenager develop a capacity to manage the move to high school)

Learn about the author and the development of these resources.

Create a legacy and ensure a healthy future for all

Benefits of the Resources

  • A common vision is created
  • Responsibilities are shared
  • Services are linked
  • Knowledge and skills gained maximize health and well-being

Use of the resources has provided benefits that pay close attention to resiliency and asset development, self-efficacy, sense of belonging and connection to the school community, health literacy, and personal responsibility. Read some testimonials from more than 30 years of use.

What Are The Answers?

If “it takes a village to raise a child” then what does it mean to be a village? What is the role of connection technologies in our educational community and family settings? How do we help change the context of our children’s lives?

One size does not fit all. Take a school health model into everyday practice and help a school community plan, co-ordinate and deliver activities and strategies without adding to the workload. As with any population people are diverse with varied needs and abilities. It is unreasonable to assume that one approach can provide adequate service to an entire demographic. Many aspects have to be taken into account – geographic restrictions, interpersonal relationships and conflicts and types of services offered. The framework can help a school community build trusting relationships. Engagement of schools, workplaces and communities in creating a mentally healthy society benefits all of us.

Albert Einstein once said, “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”

The “fix it” approach to health education is like the seduction of a “magic pill” to make things better. Everyone chooses one of two roads in life. One is the broad well-travelled road to mediocrity, the other the road to greatness and meaning. The range of possibilities within these two destinations is as wide as the diversity of gifts and personalities in the human family. But the contrast is as the night is to the day (Steven Covey: “The 8th Habit.”)

The path to mediocrity straitjackets human potential and is the quick fix short-cut approach to life. The path to greatness unleashes and releases human potential. Travellers on the lower path to mediocrity live out the cultural software of ego, indulgence, scarcity, comparison, competitiveness and victimism, according to Covey. Travellers on the upper path to greatness rise above negative cultural influences and choose to become the creative force of their lives. One word expresses the pathway to greatness: Voice. Those on this path find their voice and inspire others to find theirs. The rest never do.

Wellness isn’t a destination. It’s a pursuit. 

How do we get on the wellness road and stay there? On this journey without end wellness is a process of being not a state of being. Striving for wellness helps us find a better life. We will not find perfection but we can always get better.

The really good innovations – the ones that change the world – need to be explained before they’re accepted.

Beth Comstock, Chief Marketing Officer, GE

There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.

Anais Nin