Health includes everything from emotional and mental well-being to eating a balanced, nutritious diet to living an active lifestyle. When it comes to learning, good health is one of the most important factors for success in school.
Across the TDSB, individual schools, program areas and central departments support the physical health and mental well-being of students in all kinds of ways. But the role parents and families play is just as important, and we help by sharing tools you need to support healthy living at home.
Nutrition and Healthy Eating
Making the connection between what we eat and how it affects wellness is at the core healthy eating.
Eating breakfast impacts a student’s ability to learn and focus in the classroom. By packing a healthy lunch for your child, you ensure they can recharge and get through the day.
Many of our schools also offer nutrition programs. Contact your Principal to see if one is offered at your school.
Immunizing Your Child
Ontario children are required by law to be immunized against measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus and polio, as well as for pertussis (whooping cough) before age six. Students between the ages of 14 and 16 require one needle for diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis. Learn more at Toronto Public Health.
Good vision is at the centre of a child’s ability to learn. Students need good vision to see the blackboard clearly, read a book and fully participate in class activities. Regular vision examinations are part of being ready for school.
Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy
The TDSB's occupational therapists and physiotherapists work to improve school performance for students with physical and developmental disabilities. It's all about giving students the tools and skills they need to reach their full potential inside the classroom.
It is estimated that six per cent of children are affected by food allergies. This statistic translates into approximately 15,000 students in the TDSB. Many schools are peanut-free zones to protect children with allergies. If your child is allergic to something that may be present in the school, or if your child needs to be given special medication throughout the day, speak to the principal to discuss arrangements.
Healthy nutritious food is an important part of maintaining good health for everyone. For students with diabetes, proper nutrition can mean the difference between a good day and a visit to the hospital. The TDSB has a number of procedures for supporting students with diabetes. Please speak to your principal to discuss your child’s needs.
Physical Fitness and Health
The TDSB fosters school communities with healthy active students. Our schools are engaged in initiatives to increase the quality of the health and physical education programs, provide opportunities for daily physical activity, and create healthy eating environments. By developing physical and health literacy we all gain the capacity and commitment to lead healthy, active lives.