Joint Consortium for School Health (JCSH). JCSH establishment is endorsed by the FPT Deputy Ministers of Health and the PT Deputy Ministers and Ministers of Education. Purpose:
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Joint Consortium for School Health (JCSH)
To provide leadership and facilitate a comprehensive and coordinated approach to school health by building the capacity of the school and health systems to work together.
An effective, comprehensive approach
To be sustainable, we need to constantly build organizational capacities of systems: - coordinated policy development/leadership, - dedicated staffing infrastructure, - formal and informal mechanisms for cooperation, - knowledge exchange and transfer, - pre-service and inservice work force development, - system to anticipate emerging issues - regular, reliable data on the health of students and - periodic surveys of local programs and policies.
JCSH to develop tools to assist members and others in the development of programs, policies and practices that improve the overall health of young people and address specific issues and risk factors.
Environmental scan on school nutrition policies to provide initial guidance to policy-makers and program developers responsible for school health.
JCSH Working Groups:
Various work groups focused on generating suggestions for practical activities that can be taken up by a variety of organizations at the Pan-Canadian level.
Nutrition in Schools; Physical Activity; Social Behaviours of Youth; Aboriginal students; Immunization, Emergency Response & Public Health Role in schools; Injury Prevention; Sexual Health
Nutrition and Schools:
The Pan-Canadian Level
School-based and school-linked policies, programs, services, practices and activities to promote healthy eating and address/prevent issues such as obesity/overweight, eating disorders, food security/poverty, food allergies, food safety, food production and food/nutrition careers.
No one strategy, such as nutrition policies or child nutrition programs will be sufficient.
Nutrition WG combined with the corresponding F/P/T WG have identified many ongoing and/or required activities that are required to further all of our respective efforts.
Glance at a CSH approach to Nutrition and Schools & some Pan-Canadian Realities and Possibilities
Healthy Students, Healthy Schools Newfoundland and Labrador