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Health and wellbeing
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Health Promoting Schools (HPS)

Health Promoting Schools



Concepts and processes that underpin Health Promoting Schools (HPS) have evolved alongside international health promotion literature over the past 50 years.

New models, theories, guidelines, research, evaluations and exemplars of best practice are collated and shared internationally by a number of reputable organisations including the World Health Organization. This space contains a range of case studies and research, from both New Zealand and overseas, outlining effective HPS practice.

Summary pages from the literature review that informed the HPS national strategic framework can be found below:

International Research

Information on the two significant conferences that helped create the building blocks for Health Promoting Schools can be found on these links:

There has since been a range of research supporting Health Promoting Schools practices:

Health Promoting Schools research and Best Practice

If you have further research that would be useful to post on this website, please contact us.

NZ Research

Here is some research that has been carried out in New Zealand since Health Promoting Schools was introduced in 1997.

Cushman, P., & Clelland, T. (2011). A health promoting schools approach to bullying. SET (Research Information for Teachers) 2011: No. 3, 17–25. http://www.nzcer.org.nz/nzcerpress/set/articles/health-promoting-schools-approach-bullying

Boyd, S. (2011). Educating healthy citizens in New Zealand schools: Students leading the way. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, US, April 8–12, 2011. At: http://www.nzcer.org.nz/research/publications/educating-healthy-citizens-new-zealand-schools-students-leading-way

Boyd, S. (2009). Enabling students to lead the way: Healthy lifestyles and healthy futures. SET (Research Information for Teachers) 2009: No. 3, 37–43. At: http://www.nzcer.org.nz/nzcerpress/set/articles/enabling-students-lead-way-healthy-lifestyles-and-healthy-futures

Boyd, S. (2009). Viewing schools as a health and wellbeing system: Does this fit with the revised curriculum? SET (Research Information for Teachers) 2009: No. 3, 44–51. At: http://www.nzcer.org.nz/nzcerpress/set/articles/viewing-schools-health-and-wellbeing-system-does-fit-revised-curriculum

Boyd, S., Dingle, R., Hodgen, E., King, J., & Moss, M. (2009). The changing face of Fruit in Schools: 2009 overview report. Final Healthy Futures evaluation report. Wellington: Ministry of Health. At: http://www.nzcer.org.nz/research/publications/changing-face-fruit-schools-2009-overview-report

Boyd, S., & Moss, M. (2009). The changing face of Fruit in Schools: The 2008 case studies. Final Healthy Futures evaluation report. Wellington: Ministry of Health. At: http://www.nzcer.org.nz/research/publications/changing-face-fruit-schools-2008-case-studies

Dingle, R., Hodgen, E., Boyd, S., Shapleski, J., King, J., & Moss, M. (2009). The changing face of Fruit in Schools: Technical report. Final Healthy Futures evaluation report. Wellington: Ministry of Health. At: http://www.nzcer.org.nz/research/publications/changing-face-fruit-schools-technical-report

Boyd, S., Dingle, R., Campbell, R., King, J., & Corter, A. (2007). Taking a bite of the apple: The implementation of Fruit in Schools (Healthy Futures evaluation report to the Ministry of Health). Wellington: Ministry of Health. At: http://www.nzcer.org.nz/research/publications/taking-bite-apple-implementation-fruit-schools-healthy-futures-evaluation-repo

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