“Connect the Dots” Between Health and Education

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 are written by a recognized pioneer in the field of wellness education. They provide a complete health and wellness curriculum.

Resources include lesson plans with activities, handouts and self-assessment tools. They can easily be adapted for use with elementary students, adults, and community partners.

Make wellness education accessible and meaningful to all students regardless of age, gender, race, ability, socio-economic status or religion.

The Resources build health knowledge, skills and behaviour in the cognitive, social, and behavioural domains – physical, emotional, mental, spiritual dimensions.


Health and education are two cornerstones of human development – Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General WHO, October 2018, Official Launch Event UNESCO, Chairs Global Health & Education

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There’s never been a more important time for this work.

Brian Andjelic, BA, MEd

Former Alberta School Superintendent’s Director of Leadership Learning for Wellness

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

“Your books are very accessible to teachers, parents and students; as well as from my perspective, an excellent fit with the redesigned curriculum in BC.

With the new focus on competencies in our schools – most notably the 3 core competencies (Thinking, Communicating and Personal & Social), I believe these are invaluable resources to teachers.

There is also a great fit with the new Physical and Health Education curriculum.”

— Pat Duncan, retired Superintendent of Learning, BC Ministry of Education

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.

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. 

Dr. Kate Storey, a researcher from the University of Alberta, has compiled a list of the essential conditions to successfully implement a comprehensive school health approach.

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.

“…your resources are a good fit with our re-designed PHE curriculum, particularly the resource “Wellness: A Question of Balance.”

— Joan Kloss, Learning Resource Evaluation Co-ordinator, Surrey School District

What Matters In Education?

The pandemic is showing us what really matters in education. Student well-being is the foundation for successful education systems. Well-being concerns everyone in a school community where theory, practice and policy are woven together to create the building blocks for a healthy school system.

Designing a roadmap that is comprehensive and has a reciprocal relationship between well-being and student success is the key element in creating a successful education system in a school community.

I have been involved in this research for many years. Learn about A School’s Guide to Success: The 7 Cs

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.

Flip through our sample books to see what’s inside the 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.

Wellness is first and foremost a choice to assume responsibility for the quality of your life. It begins with a conscious decision to shape a healthy lifestyle. Wellness is a mindset, a predisposition to adopt a series of key principles in varied life areas that lead to high levels of well-being and life satisfaction.
Ardell, D. B.

“The history and future of wellness.” Health Values. 1989

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