Healthy Schools 2020



Our Vision in Action

Healthy Schools 2020 represents our collective activity in moving towards our vision of school-aged children being physically active and making healthy food choices every day. Click here to view our Healthy Schools 2020 video!

Our Achievements to Date

Partnerships:  We have an established network of over 20 education, health, and community partners, allowing us to achieve things together that may not have otherwise been accomplished.  Click here to view our partners.

Outreach:  More than 1,300 principals, teachers, parents, and school board administrators have attended a Healthy Schools 2020 workshop or presentation since October 2010.

Common Tools & Resources:  A Healthy Schools 2020 toolkit was developed in collaboration with partners and shared by all in the region. 

School Facilitation: In 2011, we launched the Écoles en santé 2020 Facilitation Program in 76 Francophone schools which included a dedicated school facilitator and seed funds for schools.  In February 2013, we initiated the Champlain School Facilitation Pilot Program in 16 English elementary schools from across the region, in partnership with the Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSF) and the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact at the University of Waterloo. 

Champlain Report Card A school-level survey was completed in 2010 and 2012 to assess the state of school nutrition environments.  Results indicate positive trends in terms of foods available in schools, and use of food for fundraising and rewards.  Click here for more details.

Profile:  Healthy Schools 2020 was featured in the 2013 Heart Institute Telethon and accepted as a poster presentation at the Canadian Association of Cardiac Rehabilitation annual conference in October 2012. 


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Priority Areas for Action

In 2010, health and school board partners prioritized school nutrition environments for the first two years of our work together, with a specific focus on healthy catered lunch programs & food service contracts, healthy fundraising, and healthy classroom rewards.  This included supporting the implementation of the Ontario School Food and Beverage Policy (PPM 150), which came into effect on September 1st, 2011.

In 2013-2016, the Healthy Schools 2020 program will expand to include physical activity – specifically, school travel planning and active play. 


  • School Nutrition – to increase access to and consumption of healthy foods in schools
  • School Travel Planning – to increase walking and cycling to and from school              
  • Active Play – to increase opportunities for physical activity and play in schools


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Champlain School Facilitation Pilot Program 2013-2014

The Champlain School Facilitation Pilot program 2013-2014 is being implemented by the Champlain Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Network (CCPN), in partnership with the Heart and Stroke Foundation, and the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact at the University of Waterloo, to support healthy eating and physical activity among school-aged children.  A dedicated facilitator will work with 16 schools from across the Champlain region, providing ongoing support and assisting schools in developing and executing a 2013-2014 school action plan related to one or more of the following three priority areas:

  1. School Nutrition
  2. School Travel Planning
  3. Active Play

The Champlain School Facilitation Pilot program is grounded in a Comprehensive School Health (CSH) approach.  CSH is an internationally recognized approach for supporting health promotion in schools.  It is not just about what happens in the classroom, but rather in the whole school environment that will create a healthy school.  Through the Ontario Ministry of Education, the CSH approach is articulated by the Foundations for a Healthy School Framework.




  • Starter Kit[PDF] – includes seven steps to success in creating healthier school environments
  • School Action Plan [PDF] – supports identifying and planning relevant goals and activities
  • Progress Report [PDF] – supports tracking of outcomes
  • Healthy School Planner -  this free online tool can help you assess your school’s current health environment

Evaluation Activities

Final Reports


Baseline Reports


Background Documents




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