Dr. Sara Kirk, Dalhousie University

Dr. Sara Kirk, Dalhousie University

Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies, Healthy School Communities = student success

Schools and their constituents – students, teachers, staff and parents – are part of the larger community. Because early intervention has been shown to be successful, the school is a logical place for health promotion activities that support the physical and mental health of children and youth, to take place. But what does it mean to be a healthy school community? In this session, you will learn about the latest evidence on the relationship between physical and mental health among children and youth, the role of schools in supporting health both within and beyond the curriculum and can explore ways to engage students to promote healthy minds and healthy bodies. 

ABOUT Dr. Sara Kirk

Dr. Sara Kirk is a Professor of Health Promotion and Scientific Director of the Healthy Populations Institute at Dalhousie University, with cross-appointments to the IWK Health Centre and Mount Saint Vincent University. Her program of research explores how we can create supportive environments for chronic disease prevention. Her research uses a ‘socio-ecological’ approach that considers how individual behaviour is influenced by other broader factors, such as income, education and societal norms. Her research has focused on settings where people live, learn and play, including in schools and early childhood settings.