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The state of our health is related not only to our long-term physical well-being but also to emotional and social factors – our general happiness, confidence and outlook on life. There is also a clear relationship between health and educational attainment. Poor health deters educational success and educational achievement strongly affects social and economic prospects, and choices about health.

Schools are key settings where the health and well-being of children and young people can be promoted; for example, by providing a supportive environment, healthy school meal options and opportunities for physical activities.

A Healthy School Enhancement Model can be designed to help schools develop strategies to achieve better outcomes around health and well-being for children and young people. It can also help schools to strive for lasting health and well-being behavioural changes in children and young people, with particular focus on providing targeted support for those who are really in need.