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Health promotion

Health promotion is a process that helps to create supportive physical and emotional environments in classrooms, whole schools, communities, and society.
The health promotion process requires the involvement and collective action of all members of the wider school community –students, staff, parents and caregivers, and other community members.
By engaging in health promotion, students and teachers can:

  • come to understand how the environments in which they live, learn, work, and play affect their personal well-being and that of society
  • develop the personal skills that empower them to take action to improve their own well-being and that of their environments
  • help to develop supportive links between the school and the wider community
  • help to develop supportive policies and practices to ensure the physical and emotional safety of all members of the school community.

Health promotion encourages students to make a positive contribution to their own well-being and that of their communities and environments.
The health promotion process described in this curriculum is derived from the World Health Organisation's Ottawa Charter.

This diagram is adapted from one originally printed with the Ottawa Charter (World Health Organisation, 1986).

Achievement Objectives.