Healthy Schools Certification (HSC)

Healthy Schools Certification (HSC) is a national program in partnership with Ophea, PHE cCanada, and Ever Active Schools. HSC is based on a 4-Step process that supports school communities to take a planned and comprehensive approach to address health topics over the course of a school year. By completing the 4-step process throughout the school year, registered schools earn points and can apply to be certified as a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Healthy School. Certification is flexible and adaptable for all school communities; it’s based on a school’s ability to follow and complete the process and not on the type or number of activities completed.

When registering, a school selects a health topic to focus on throughout the year. Physical activity and mental health are both topics that schools can select to become certified as a Healthy School. Getting to school actively has a positive impact on the physical and mental health of children, so promoting active transportation can be a great component of your plan. The DSR is a community partner that can help schools reach this goal, because active transportation improves the physical and mental health of school communities. We work closely with school staff, students, and school public health nurses in pursuit of Healthy School goals.

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