Healthy Schools BC Newsletter
April 2017

Stay Connected to the Healthy Schools Movement in BC

There are plenty of ways to stay connected to the healthy schools movement! Follow DASH on social media for all your healthy schools news and happenings.
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Deadline: Ongoing

Good Sports Equipment Grant
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KidSport BC Program
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Let Them Be Kids Initiative 
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View other healthy school grant opportunities here.

Local Foods to School Video

Check out an inspiring video featuring Haida Gwaii and how they are taking a holistic view to improve well-being in their communities, while transforming the food system. The video  "Local Foods to School: Reconnecting the Children of Haida Gwaii to their Food and Their Land" was  created by the Social Planning and Research Council of BC.

Have a Great Story? We Want to Hear It!

We want to hear your healthy schools story! Educators, students and community members across the province are working hard to create healthier schools. Sharing your stories can help support and inspire others, and viewing stories from other schools can do the same for you. Check out the Healthy Schools Stories Map today!


The Healthy Schools BC Newsletter is brought to you by DASH BC. Our vision is that ALL children and youth in BC will realize their full potential as healthy learners who feel connected and engaged in their community.
We are a non-profit society that inspires our partners and stakeholders to improve the health and learning of students in BC by promoting, supporting and facilitating a healthy schools approach. Visit our website for more information .  



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Featured Article
Celebrate Canada's 150th with the Country's Biggest Dance Party!
Sharing Dance offers free choreography and resources

Looking for free opportunities to get healthy, active and artistically engaged? Sharing Dance Day 2017, an initiative of Canada's National Ballet School (NBS), is one of 38 Canada 150 Signature ProjectsIts focus is to help Canadians develop fundamental aspects of physical literacy.  To learn about how you can access FREE resources for your classroom or community, click here.
DASH Update
Healthy Schools BC Regional Grants Available on Monday, April 3rd!
Regional groupings of schools and health partners working together on mental well-being

We are excited to share that Healthy Schools BC Regional Grants are available on Monday! In response to strong interest from education and health sector partners, the grants will have a mental well-being focus this year.
The goal of the Healthy Schools BC Regional Grants is to support school districts and groups of First Nations and/or independent schools to identify and address priorities for mental well-being through strengthening and shaping partnerships with health sector partners. Grant applications are due by April 19, 2017. Click here   to read more.  

Healthy Schools Network (HSN)
Healthy Schools BC school level grants return in October 2017 

We are pleased to announce that school grants that support healthy living will be returning next school year.

It's a fresh start and includes a new overarching theme: Well-Being in a Real-World Context. We know BC schools understand the central role mental well-being plays both in fostering optimal environments for learning, and in engaging students as they develop their skills and explore their passions. Mental well-being is a key foundation for student health, well-being and success.
HSN school level grants   will encourage grantees to connect their work to two overarching questions:

How is it feasible to promote mental well-being through all environments that promote student learning, growth, and success? How does mental well-being impact the 'whole child'?
Stayed tuned and check back in here September and October, 2017.

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education.
Action Schools! BC Update
Creating a Shared Vision for Your Healthy School Community
Are you using an action plan?

Don't have time to do your own research on the buzz words "action planning?" Check out this article for some key points about how Action Schools! BC is using a tool that can make a difference in your school community.
School Connectedness
What's Your Favourite Flavour?
Promoting mental well-being in schools

When people talk about supporting and promoting mental well-being in schools, they usually discuss the practices they use in their environment. Some people are focused on school 
connectedness, others on social-emotional learning, others on  resilience, mental fitness, o r another approach.  

While each of these approaches has its own  flavour, they are all part of the larger family of pos itive mental health supportive  practices. They overlap and work  side-by-side, each strengthening the impact of the others.  Click here to read more.

Healthy Schools Stories
Sparking Creativity in Learners
DASH at the ArtStarts Showcase

How can we promote art and creativity among young people? The annual ArtStarts Showcase highlights talented professional artists who are helping school communities connect with the arts. Click here to read about one of our very own DASH staff's experience at this unique event, and how she views creativity in relation to her own work.  

What Is a Healthy Lifestyle?
A holistic inquiry at Garibaldi Highlands Elementary

Check out this inspiring story from Garibaldi Highlands Elementary School where students embarked on a 5-month inquiry journey of exploring healthy living. Through the inquiry process, they found resources, curriculum connections, community partners and outdoor exploration in the community that helped to facilitate students' learning. Click here to read their story. 
Healthy School Resources
Making evidence-informed decisions so that all children have a chance to thrive

The Human Early Learning Partnership has recently launched a new online tool that will support schools and communities to explore and use their data from the Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI). They're calling it "Discover MDI: A Field Guide to Well-Being in Middle Childhood." 

This tool has been created to help you understand and share critical information about the middle years and make use of your MDI data to improve well-being in your community. Click here to learn more.

Hands-on, Experiential Nutrition Education
A resource from the BC Dairy Association

Are you looking for nutrition education resources to help teach BC's new curriculum? Check out what BC Dairy Association offers. This one-page flyer about our elementary nutrition education programs can be circulated and posted in your school. Workshops are free of charge.