CLJHS is an APPLE School
APPLE Schools is an innovative school-focused health promotion initiative that improves the lives of more than 16,500 students annually in 63 schools across Northern Alberta through healthy eating, physical activity and mental health. Since 2007, APPLE Schools has invested over $16 million in vulnerable student populations to prevent chronic diseases related to childhood overweight and obesity. It is estimated this investment will save over $233 million through avoided health care costs, improved academic achievement, enhanced mental wellbeing, and better quality of life.
APPLE Schools transforms school communities through an approach called Comprehensive School Health (CSH). CSH empowers school communities to lead, choose and be healthy. Each APPLE School is provided a School Health Facilitator (SHF) trained in nutrition, physical activity, and community development. The SHF works with students, parents, school staff, and community members to develop a school action plan to meet the specific needs of their school.
School action plans include activities led by students and are designed to make healthy living fun and engaging. Examples include planting classroom gardens, after-school cooking classes and physical activity programs.
APPLE Schools equips students with the knowledge necessary to be confident, empathetic leaders and take ownership of their own health and social behaviours.
Research has shown that students in APPLE Schools have better nutrition habits, are more physically active, and are more likely to be a healthy weight than other students across Alberta. They are better learners and score higher on academic tests.
Students in APPLE Schools take ownership of their own health and demonstrate:
INCREASED PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
IMPROVED DIETARY HABITS
IMPROVEMENTS IN LEARNING OUTCOMES
IMPROVEMENTS IN HEALTH FOR ALL STUDENTS
Check out the Apple Schools website at http://www.appleschools.ca/schools