About Us

Health-Promoting Schools is an internationally-recognized approach to supporting students’ educational outcomes while addressing school health in a planned, integrated, and holistic way.

We know "being well" and "doing well" are two sides of the same coin. HPS aims to support both through four key pillars: social and physical environment; teaching and learning; policy; and partnerships and services.

Schools that embrace the HPS approach are designed to make the healthy choice the easy choice.

The Health-Promoting Schools Team is made up of a variety of health and education professionals including health promoters, youth health centre coordinators, nutritionists, dental hygienists, youth engagement coordinators and more. Working groups have specific areas of focus, while our school health promoter is a conduit among the groups and the steering committee, to ensure the work benefits all parties involved.

CCRCE and Public Health have had a school health promoter since 2013. Our coalition model was launched in the fall of 2017. Health-promoting schools working groups typically meet 4-5 times per year to find opportunities to collaborate to improve students' educational and health outcomes

UpLift is a School-Community-University partnership that brings together multiple partners, who collectively are working to support the health and learning of children and youth throughout Nova Scotia. UpLift is hosted within Dalhousie University’s Healthy Populations Institute, while operating in partnership with government, Nova Scotia Health, school communities, non-profits and the private sector.

UpLift is about intentionally creating environments that are healthy, vibrant, connected, safe and empowering. Embedded within Nova Scotia’s existing Health Promoting Schools model, UpLift means catalyzing action, sharing successes and creating the conditions for all children to achieve their health and learning potential. Through UpLift, healthy conditions become the default, well integrated and the new norm – everywhere across the province. Because better health means better learning and a better future! Click here to learn more.

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Contact Us

Clare Heggie
School Health Promoter

Kielyn Jenkins

Shali Manuel
Youth Engagement Coordinator
Chignecto and Cobequid Families

Connor MacEachern
Youth Engagement Coordinator
Celtic and Nova Families