The provincial Health Promoting Schools initiative involves a wide range of programs, activities, and services that take place in schools and their communities. Health Promoting Schools combines health instruction; community support and partnerships; and creates supportive environments based on health promoting programs and policies. These actions are intended to develop over time and to strengthen the school community as a healthy setting for learning, playing, working, and living.
Health Promoting Schools provides an overall framework for key school health initiatives in the province including, but not limited to healthy eating, physical activity, youth sexual health, tobacco reduction, addiction, and injury prevention in the school setting. Initiatives and policies such as the Food and Nutrition Policy for Nova Scotia Public Schools, the Provincial Breakfast Program, and physical activity promotion in schools support the provincial Health Promoting Schools Initiative.