HEALTHY SCHOOLS BC NEWSLETTER - March 2021
News

March is Nutrition Month
This year’s Nutrition Month theme is Good for You: Dietitians Help You Find Your Healthy. The focus is on exploring how different cultures, food traditions, personal circumstances and nutritional needs contribute to everyone’s unique version of what healthy eating looks like. Celebrate healthy eating diversity within in your school community. Visit the Dietitians of Canada website for activity ideas and more information. Find out more.


International Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Day 
International SEL Day is March 26th, 2021. SEL Day is an annual celebration of the people and organizations that promote social and emotional learning. Visit the SEL Day website to sign up and gain access to resources to help you showcase, promote, advocate and support SEL in your school community. The UBC Resource Finder also provides a variety of resources to help you learn about SEL, apply teaching methods and asses your efforts. Find out more.


Articles

Food-based Learning Tips for Elementary Schools During COVID-19
Dietitians from Northern Health, Interior Health and Vancouver Coastal Health collaborated with school partners to create this learning document to support elementary school educators with food-based learning during COVID-19. Included are links to lesson plans, and activity ideas that introduce students to growing, preparing, and tasting different foods. They also provide answers to common questions around food-based education during COVID-19. Find out more.


Stories

Lynn Fripps Elementary Celebrates Family Literacy Week with a StoryWalk
Lynn Fripps Elementary, in Langley, B.C., hosted their first ever ‘StoryWalk’ in January to celebrate Family Literacy Week. To create a StoryWalk they took pages from a children’s book and posted them along a popular walking route. The school and PAC promoted this late afternoon flashlight-walk where families could travel along the route reading the story together Find out more.  


Resources

Everybody Moves Resource Hub  
The Physical Activity for Health Collaborative recently launched their Everybody Moves Resource Hub. The online platform is a database of resources to support inclusive and accessible physical activity for all British Columbians. It includes resources for newcomers, people with disabilities, people identifying as LGBTQIA2S+ and other groups facing visible and invisible barriers to fitness. Find out more.


The PodClass  
Ever Active Schools in Alberta, has partnered with the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary to release their new podcast. The Podclass dives into a diverse range of health topics including positive nutrition messaging, fostering positive relationships, and trauma-informed teaching. Each episode features a conversation with a leader in health, education or well-being to explore how we can create thriving school communities. Find out more. 


Announcements

Kelty Mental Health Launches Interactive Tool
Kelty Mental Health has launched a new interactive tool where you can ask and see answers to common questions families have about accessing mental health supports and services for their child. The answers were developed with parent peer support workers at the BC Children’s Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre and Kelty’s parent advisory group. Find out more