HEALTHY SCHOOLS BC NEWSLETTER - MARCH 2020
News

March is Nutrition Month
The theme for Nutrition Month 2020 is More Than Food . Dietitians are encouraging Canadians to consider not only  what they eat, but  how they eat. Visit the Nutrition Month 2020 website for Activity and Ideas Guide, as well as, new recipes that you can create with your students. For ideas on supporting healthy eating at school check out Vancouver Coastal Health


Articles

Making SEL Culturally Competent
Schools across British Columbia recognize the importance of social and emotional learning (SEL) for developing healthy, lifelong learners. But how do you ensure that SEL practices are applied in ways that are culturally responsive to youth from historically marginalized groups? One way is by building students' critical consciousness, or their ability to recognize and resist oppressive forces. To find out more check out this article from Edutopia


Outdoor Play and Why it's Important
Research suggests that outdoor play has many benefits for children. It encourages lifelong healthy behaviours, increases physical activity levels, as well as, children's independence and self-esteem.  Interestingly, outdoor play in natural environments may have a greater impact on children’s learning and development than outdoor play in designed or manufactured outdoor spaces.  Find out more.


Stories

Tower Garden at A. R. MacNeill Secondary School 
A. R. MacNeill Secondary School in Richmond B.C., purchased an aeroponic tower garden to grow full-sized plants year-round. The tower has provided students with hands-on, cross-curricular learning experiences. Students have been involved in everything from tower assembly, planting, harvesting, to cleaning the tower between growing cycles and using the produce in cooking classes. Find out more.  


Collaborative Pilot Project Empowers Young Women
A physical activity pilot project involving 240 young women from grades 7-12 kicked off this February in Kamloops-Thompson . The goal of the project is to connect each female student to an activity of personal interest. It involves collaboration between School District No. 73, the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, and Culture, FitSpirit, PacificSport Interior, the City of Kamloops, and the Kamloops YMCA-YWCA. This pilot is a prime example of community partnerships supporting a healthy school community.  Find out more.   


Reso urces

Sex and U
Sex and U is an initiative of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada, one of Canada’s leading authorities on sexual and reproductive health. Visit their website for accurate, credible, and up-to-date information that can be used as a reference for lesson planning, and as a reliable resource for students. Topics covered include sexual activity, consent, contraception and pregnancy, to self-image, and LGBTTQ+.  Find out more.


Anxiety Canada
Anxiety Canada is a leader in developing free, online, self-help and evidence-based resources on anxiety. Visit their website to gain access to a host of ready-to-use articles and videos that answer questions about anxiety in children and youth, such as “ Where does anxiety come from?” and “ How do you recognize when you’re anxious?”  Find out more.


 Announcements

March 20th is International Day of Happiness
The theme for this year’s International Day of Happiness is Happier Together. It encourages us to focus on what we have in common, rather than what divides us. Sign up to receive a host of resources including Action Ideas for Children, a Guidebook to Happier Living, and calendars for daily inspiration.  Find out more.