Characteristics of Health Promoting School Spaces

By Janet Lynne Currie.

Published by Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies

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Health promoting schools (HPSs) are school spaces which aspire to in everything they do or say, promote the health of the whole school community and place. This study provides a unique insight into a range of HPS activities and efforts occurring across a number of metropolitan primary schools, in Sydney, Australia. The general ethos or ‘intangible atmosphere’ was considered to be a particularly strong aspect of a space supportive of health promotion. All but a few schools demonstrated positive opportunities for improving social relations or connectedness, physical activity and sun protection. Additional features of a school space considered to be supportive of whole-school well-being included supportive policies and those acting to develop effective partnerships between school and home or community. The findings help provide a ‘snapshot’ that has been missing through the wider research of the extent to which various aspects of the HPS concept are exhibited in school spaces.

Keywords: Schools, Spaces, Characteristics, Health Promotion

Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp.1-10. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 741.096KB).

Dr. Janet Lynne Currie

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Technology, Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Dr. Currie has a background in school teaching, university lecturing, community health promotion and health policy. She has qualifications in education and health promotion. Her research interests focus on investigating the perceived benefits of participation in leisure and physical activity, health promotion policy, marketing and promotion of healthy lifestyles and social and emotional well-being. Janet has designed numerous educational materials in the area of health promotion and exercise including books, videos, teacher and community resources. She is currently involved in creating effective health education messages designed for young males in the school classroom setting, using sport as the key focus. Dr. Currie is a past National President, Vice-President and State representative of the Australian Health Promotion Association. She is a Director of Health Education and Promotion International. She was awarded the Outstanding Community Engagement Award (Australian Catholic University) in 2003.