When raising awareness it can be useful to include some quotes. These can be incorporated into newsletters, presentations or displays. Here are some quotes that you may wish to use.

“Every child and young person in Europe has the right, and should have the opportunity, to be educated in a health promoting school… The health promoting school has been shown to be an investment in both education and health”
(Conference Resolution: European Commission: World Health Organisation and the Council of Europe, 1990)

“Health promotion is a combination of health education, as delivered through the curriculum, and all other activities which a school can undertake to promote healthy lifestyles”.
(Health Education and Promotion: A report by HM Inspectors of Schools, 1994)

“Schools are singularly important in their roles in shaping the habits and behaviour of young people”.
(Scotland’s Health: A Challenge to Us All: Scottish Office: 1992)

“Ethos is a school’s soul and a critical factor in determining whether a school promotes health effectively”
(Health Education and Health Promotion: A report by HM Inspectors of Schools, 1994)

Taking active steps to make every school a health promoting school is a key means of improving both Scotland’s health and education.


  • “Councils should give health promotion a high priority in their strategic planning”
  • “All schools should set themselves the goal of becoming health promoting. They should take action by making health promotion a key school aim and a focus in their school self-evaluation and development planning activities”.
    (Health Promotion – Issues for Councils and Schools: A report by HM Inspectors of Schools, 1999)

“Educationalists and teachers have reported that healthy children are more likely to fulfil their academic potential at school than those who experience poor health. A recent overview of research findings confirms that education may exert an independent effect on medium-to longer-term health outcomes, and can have an important, albeit circumscribed, role to play in reducing health inequalities”
(Whitty, G.J. Aggleton, P.J. Gamarnikow, E., & Tyer, P. Education and Health Inequalities. Input Paper 10 to the Independent Inquiry into Inequalities in Health chaired by Sir Donald Acheson, 1998)

“Schools – and local family healthcare services – have an important part to play in helping to prevent many of the diseases which have blighted the lives of older generations of Scots, including heart disease, cancer and stroke, as well as type II diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. Young people spend more time at school than on any single activity. It therefore makes sense to ensure that we take every opportunity to use those hours to help them make healthy choices for the lives they lead – particularly as we also know that children’s educational attainment is linked to their health”.
(Scottish Executive Press Release 2002)

“Clearly no knowledge is more crucial than knowledge about health. Without it, no other life goal can be successfully achieved.”
(Boyer, EL The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching 1983)

“Health and Education go hand in hand: one cannot exist without the other. To believe any differently is to hamper progress. Just as our children have the right to receive the best education available, they have a right to be healthy. As parents, legislators and educators it is up to us to see that this becomes a reality.”
(Healthy Children Ready to Learn: An Essential Collaboration Between Health and Education, 1992)

“[Children] …who face violence, hunger, substance abuse, unintended pregnancy, and despair cannot possibly focus on academic excellence. There is no curriculum brilliant enough to compensate for a hungry stomach or a distracted mind.”
(National Action Plan for Comprehensive School Health Education, 1992)

“Health and success in school are interrelated. Schools cannot achieve their primary mission of education if students and staff are not healthy and fit physically, mentally, and socially.”
(Fit, Healthy, and Ready to Learn: Part 1 – Physical Activity, Healthy Eating, and Tobacco Use Prevention, 2000)