Source: Healthtriangle.org: The Health Triangle
achieved without an equal balance in all three dimensions. When one side is emphasized too much, or
not enough, the other sides will change and lead to an unhealthy imbalance. In her article, Kent
describes the three health arenas of the Health
Physical health addresses the body’s ability to
perform basic functions without fatigue, and
might include things like eating a balanced
diet, exercising regularly, avoiding harmful
substances such as drugs and alcohol, and
getting enough sleep.
Mental health assesses how a person thinks
and feels about themselves and how they
cope with the everyday life. A person with
good mental health can express their feelings,
learn from mistakes, and have a low stress
Social health encompasses how a person
interacts with the people and the environment around them. A socially healthy person can
communicate well with others, builds strong and fulfilling relationships, and can collaborate and
play with others in their community (Kent, 2013).
I chose to use the Health Triangle to formulate the questions because students had already developed
an understanding of the model. Its use in the Health curriculum would help ensure the questions would
be meaningful and relevant.
Physical health would be represented by sleep. Sleep is a significant factor in the body’s ability to
function at its best. A lack of sleep can affect attention span, working memory and motor skills. Students
were asked to indicate how many hours of sleep that they had in the previous night: less than 7 hours, 7
– 9 hours or more than 9 hours.
To assess mental health, students were asked to rate their mood. They could select from: a smiley face,
a neutral face, or a sad face. Any number of factors; homework, parents, traffic, friends, or extracurricular activities can affect a student’s mood. All of these factors can increase levels of stress and can
have a further impact on student productivity in the classroom. Students can become easily distracted,
forgetful, or unable to give full attention to the task at hand. All of which have a negative impact on
To ensure that social health was represented, I tried to gather data for the ways in which students
wanted to learn. The options students had were: work alone, with a partner, or in a group. I thought
that the idea of working in a large group would excite some, but that it might leave others timid and
fearful. I also had the context of our school in mind when posing this question. Our school is highly
collaborative. Our students often work in all kinds of groups of different sizes and structures. I was
curious to see if our students wanted more collaboration or would they take the opportunity to work
individually or in pairs?