Effective School Health

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Focusing resources on effective school health to ensure that children are healthy to learn and learn to be healthy.

There is a growing body of evidence that shows the close relationship between health, physical and cognitive development, school participation and academic achievement.

Focusing Resources on Effective School Health (FRESH) is an intersectoral partnership that highlights the importance of school health for the achievement of the Millennium Development and Education for All goals and provides the context for developing effective school health programmes.

FRESH recommends that four programme pillars be addressed in all schools: equitable school health policies, safe learning environment, skills-based education, and school-based health and nutrition services.

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