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Your Healthy Students

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Your Healthy Students

There is growing evidence from around the world that health and education are inextricably linked to each other and to other issues, such as poverty and income level.  Healthy young people are better learners and are more likely to complete their education. Education is a key determinant of health that affects other determinants such as employment, income, housing, health literacy and social status. Studies have identified the links between specific health behaviours and education outcomes, student attitudes and behaviours.

Amendments to the Education Act require school boards to establish policies related to prevention and response to sport concussions.

When your teeth hurt, it’s hard to think about anything else. Students who have oral health problems may have difficulty concentrating on school work. Public health dental programs can provide access to free dental care for eligible children and youth.

Local research revealed that 72% of youth smokers in area schools have tried to quit smoking on their own.  The Public Health piloted a successful in-school tobacco cessation program in four area secondary schools, and will continue the pilot in the 2012-13 school year.

Homelessness, food insecurity, substance use issues, mental health concerns and abuse can all rob students of the security and well-being they need to thrive at school. There are many support services (link to youth support services card) available to youth in the Peterborough area.

Last modified on Aug 28, 2012