Healthy Schools Alberta 
December 2017
Shaping the Future 2018:
Pan-Canadian School Health Summit

photo of Charlene Bearhead

Keynote Speakers Announced 

We're excited to announce Charlene Bearhead and Adam Bienenstock as keynote speakers for Shaping the Future 2018! Read their full bios here.

Charlene Bearhead is a mother, grandmother, experienced educator and education innovator with 30 years of regional, national and international experience. Charlene currently serves as the Education Coordinator for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and has also served as the Education Lead for the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. 

Adam Bienenstock is an internationally acclaimed designer, builder, and researcher of nature-based play spaces, and the founder of Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds. Adam has travelled globally to advocate for children's rights and nature play, and to design spectacular natural parks and playgrounds. 

Early Bird Registration Closes December 23rd

Join us in beautiful Lake Louise January 31st - February 3rd for a national conversation on fostering healthy school communities. Hear the keynotes and take part in active sessions, open collaboration, networking and more.

Register now to take advantage of our early bird rates! 

Want to Get Involved?

Apply to give a poster presentation, give a daring idea talk or become an exhibitor! 
  • Poster presentations - share your research or a healthy school community success story
  • Daring ideas - share an idea that'll shake up education PechaKucha style (20 slides shared for 20 seconds each)
  • Exhibitors - showcase your health and wellness products, resources or services on a national stage

RECAP: 2017 Resiliency Summit

On November 23rd and 24th, Ever Active Schools hosted the 3rd annual Resiliency Summit in beautiful Kananaskis on Treaty 7 land, with over 400 students and teachers in attendance.

The goal of the summit was to honour youth voice by providing a safe, caring and respectful place for all to learn, play, listen, share and grow together.

Attendees were immersed in Indigenous games, teachings, sharing circles and lessons, providing a space for youth to experience diverse cultural practices and to connect with different Indigenous communities and peoples so they could develop tangible tools and philosophies to support the development of resilience in their school communities. 
Healthy Active Schools Symposia

This Fall over 1800 students participated in 11 Healthy Active School Symposia events across Alberta. These events help support healthy school communities through student leadership, empowering students to take an active role in planning and making positive and healthy changes in their school communities. 

School who attended are also eligible for  seed funding grants of up to $750 to help implement their action plans and bring their big vision into reality.
Alberta Medical Association 
Youth Run Club

GO! Run Ambassador Videos

Our GO! Run ambassadors are a group of accomplished and passionate women who motivate GO! Run participants to engaged in sport and physical activity. Click the play button above to learn more about their stories and their messages to girls and their mentors.

Want to help close the gender gap on girls' participation in sport and physical activity? Visit the link below:

Resource: Don't Walk In The Hallway

Help promote healthy learning environments within your school community. These hallway decals offer a way to modify school spaces, helping to activate your students! Get them in the EAS store.
Healthy Active Schools Alberta Blog

We're excited to announce the launch of our Healthy Schools Alberta BlogEvery Wednesday we'll be sharing a new post related to school health and wellness. 

Do you have an innovative health and wellness initiative that's helping create healthy school communities? Share it as part of the blog's Innovative Idea Series!
International Day of Persons with Disabilities
December 4th is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Check out some of the events happening around Alberta to mark this important day.
The Paralympic Sports Association
The Paralympic Sports Association (PSA) exists to improve the quality of life of persons with disability and their support networks by providing sport and recreation programming across the province. Visit their website to learn more.
CADS Slide & Ride

Canadian Adaptive Snowsports (CADS) Alberta is offering one-day slide and ride events across Alberta for persons with disabilities. The FREE event encourages people with disabilities to try adaptive skiing or snowboarding. Learn more and register here.
Keep Kids Active All Winter!

Though winter doesn't officially arrive until December 21st, the blanket of white snow covering most of the province tells a different story. But cold weather doesn't mean kids can't enjoy the outdoors! Check out these tips on dressing kids for winter walking to school and this winter activities guide for ideas to get moving all season long!
Grant Opportunities!

Girls in Motion Grant

Deadline: Varies

This grant helps communities create high quality sport and physical activity opportunities for girls aged 10-14. 

Deadline: Varies

This grant supports communities to organize a one-day event that encourages teen girls to live a more physically active lifestyle.