Health and well-being are key elements for growth, competitiveness and sustainable development of all countries; and schools have a critical role in supporting students to make healthy lifestyle choices and to understand consequences on lifelong health and wellbeing. The link between health and wellbeing and positive academic performance is well researched:
- Healthy students are more alert, engaged and better able to concentrate and learn,
- Poorly nourished children are often tired, apathetic and unable to concentrate,
- Physical activity is associated with improved learning and concentration, better mood and behaviour as well as healthy weight,
- Smoking, drinking and other drug substances severely impact a student’s cognitive functions (concentration, memory, attention), capacity to behave appropriately, and frequently leads to the student engaging in further risky behaviour,
- Developing strong, supportive relationships in schools provides a safer and more inclusive environment for students to engage in their studies and learn.