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APPLE Schools makes the healthy choice the easy choice
Success Coach, Lee Ridge School - Edmonton, Canada
APPLE Schools works with vulnerable schools to integrate healthy initiatives into the school day in a way that avoids giving already busy teachers more work.
APPLE Schools supports each community in developing a unique action plan that outlines its path toward a sustainable and healthy community, and they help to implement it.
The project is evidence based. Working with the School of Public Health, University of Alberta, we know that APPLE Schools benefits all students, regardless of socioeconomic background. Students who attend APPLE schools take ownership of their own health and demonstrate several benefits:
Schools develop an action plan that outlines its community’s unique health goals, and a roadmap for how to get there. The plans include activities led by students and are designed to make healthy living fun and engaging. Examples include planting class gardens, physical activity programs, mindfulness activities, student leadership training, healthy snack programs, resiliency training, Indigenous games, and more.
During the time of COVID-19, APPLE Schools has adapted to the changing needs of school communities and stays relevant by supporting student health at home. We provide wellness resources and host professional development events to ensure students stay healthy and motivated during a challenging time.
The approach that APPLE Schools uses for its implementation model is the comprehensive school health approach, an internationally recognized framework for supporting improvements in students' educational outcomes while addressing while addressing school health in a planned, integrated and holistic way.