Making the commitment
Your decision to become a health promoting school can arise from different situations and can be initiated by different actors either in or outside your school community. For example:
- National or regional health authorities in your country have made it their goal to assist schools in becoming health promoting schools and approach you to gain your support and co-operation in becoming a health promoting school.
- School staff notice a trend in health topics (e.g., mental health, substance use, bullying or overweight) in your school and decide to address these problems through a health promoting school approach.
- Specific schools in your region or country have become a health promoting school. The attention they receive leads your school staff to become aware of the advantages of incorporating health promotion into your school community.
- It is now your government’s education policy to implement the heath promoting school approach in schools, requiring you to become a health promoting school.
- Parents of students have raised issues with your school about a particular health topic, e.g., mental health, life skills, the quality of food that is offered. You want to address this problem and build it into a health promoting school approach.
- You want to better organise and improve your existing health promoting school activities.
Your motivation is important for the discussion and the decisions you will make when becoming a health promoting school. Regardless of how the decision had been reached, your health promoting school should include the six components of a whole-school approach outlined in 6 components of the whole-school approach.