Healthy Schools BC Newsletter
January 2017
Stay Connected to the Healthy Schools Movement in BC
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Grant Opportunities 
Deadline: Feb. 15, 2016

Deadline: Ongoing
Deadline: Ongoing

Deadline: Ongoing

KidSport BC Program
Deadline: Ongoing

Let Them Be Kids Initiative 
Deadline: Ongoing

View other healthy school grant opportunities here.

Video of the Month:
NEW Action Schools! BC Video

Check out this NEW Action Schools! BC video that demonstrates how this program has been updated to support the new BC curriculum. Click here to watch the video. Click here to check out the new Action Schools! BC website.  
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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Action Schools! BC Update
Action Schools! BC Workshops NOW Available 
Receive a workshop booking incentive

The updated Action Schools! BC Physical Activity and Health Eating workshops are now available. Contact the Action Schools! BC provincial team or visit the Action Schools! BC website to schedule the new workshops. 

The first 80 schools to book a workshop will be entered in a draw to receive: 
  • One of 20 equipment grants of up to $200
  • One of 10 full day TOC release times for planning with colleagues around physical activity and healthy eating. 

 The updated workshops reflect changes to BC's education system, integrate comprehensive school health, First Nation's Principles of Learning and mental well-being. The goal of the Action Schools! BC program is to support students learning to be healthy.  

Featured Articles
NEW The Spiral Playbook
Leading with an inquiry mindset

The Spiral Playbook is a new resource that provides a concise introduction to an evidence-based model of collaborative inquiry. It builds on the momentum that has been generated through the Spirals of Inquiry by the Networks of Inquiry and Innovation (NOII) to further promote an inquiry mindset in schools and school systems. Click here to read more and to access The Spiral Playbook.
Action Schools! BC Update
Action Schools! BC
A deeper look
It's a great time to take a closer look at the updated Action Schools! BC program. Action Schools! BC activities are now updated and expanded to support the new curriculum. There are also new instructional examples that are meant to help educators "connect the dots" as they implement the new Physical and Health Education curriculum. Click here to read more. 
School Connectedness
School Connectedness: Keeping That Resolution  
Six strategies for fostering school connectedness

If one of your New Year's resolutions this year is to be a better teacher or administrator - one who makes a real difference in the lives of yours students - take a deep breath. Read the full story here.
Healthy Schools Stories
Kidston Elementary School
Kindness to the environment 
Each month, the Healthy Schools Network (HSN) highlights a story to demonstrate innovative healthy schools examples and practices in schools. This month, the HSN is featuring Kidston Elementary School in SD 22 and their story about a whole school approach to gardening, the environment and healthy eating. Click here to read more. 
Healthy School Resources
Canada Games Activity Challenge
Sign up today!

Celebrate Canada's 150th and build daily activity habits for Canadian kids!! Join thousands of elementary schools across Canada for the Canada Games Activity Challenge. Click here for more information.
PHE Curriculum and Drug Education
iMinds creates instructional strategies   
iMinds iMinds has been focusing on supporting educators to implement conversations of substance use in schools with the redesigned PHE curriculum.  Research reminds us that facts, stats and fear-focused approaches to drug education are rarely effective when it comes to helping young people develop the competencies they need to navigate a world where substance use is common practice. What offers more promise is a truly educational approach with the use of inquiry across subject areas.  iMinds has developed instructional strategies to support teachers. Click here to read more. 
Physical Activity Line Joins HealthLink BC  
Dial 8-1-1 for services

As part of the Ministry of Health's ongoing commitment to support the wellness and healthy lifestyles of British Columbians, the Physical Activity Line has joined the HealthLink BC team to expand access to health, nutrition and physical activity services by phone and online.
As of November 24th, you will be able to reach the team of qualified exercise professionals by simply dialing 8-1-1. Telephone services will continue to be available Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm, and will now also be available in over 130 languages.
The Physical Activity Line's resources, email service and more are also coming soon to