Healthy Schools Alberta 
May 2018
Mental Health Week 2018

Did you know May 7-13 is Mental Health Week? The Canadian Mental Health Association is encouraging everyone to #GETLOUD about mental health, and in that spirit we're happy to highlight some of our resources that help promote positive mental health and well-being in school communities. 

Social & Emotional Well-Being Booster Kit 

Our Social & Emotional Well-Being Booster Kit helps students build confidence, explore their creativity, strengthen relationships with their peers and get more active throughout the school day - all of which can have a positive impact on their mental health.

Helping Students Manage Stress

When children have the skills and strategies they need to cope with stressors in their lives, their overall mental health and well-being is improved and they're better able to focus on their learning. This week, we're pleased to feature a guest blog post by Cindy Andrew of The Psychology Foundation of Canada - Helping Students (and Ourselves) Manage Stress: Tools for Resilience and Good Mental Health.

Professional Learning Opportunities

We offer a number of professional learning opportunities on the topic of mental well-being. Join us to explore how universal supports for all students, integrating social-emotional learning and connectedness into classrooms, and making your personal wellness a priority can help translate into well-being for your students. 

Shaping the Future 2019

The 10th annual Shaping the Future conference is happening January 30 - February 2, 2019 in beautiful Lake Louise, Alberta. This annual conference brings together educators, health and wellness professionals and researchers to explore various topics connected to comprehensive school health.

Registration is now OPEN!

Want to save $100 on your registration? Register before June 30 to take advantage of our Super Early Bird rate!

Live Active Summit 2018

The Live Active Summit is a catalyst to educate, engage and bring to life active living, active recreation and sport in school and community settings. It involves collaborative work around physical literacy and sharing successful practices from across the province.

Save the Date
October 18-19, 2018
Commonwealth Recreation Centre
Edmonton, Alberta

Register now or watch for more details, coming soon.

Alberta Medical Association Youth Run Club

The AMA Youth Run Club is a free, school-based running program designed to get children and youth active. Participating schools receive access to awesome incentives, support and resources to keep the club running strong.

Right now when you register your school you'll be entered to win a cash prize to help promote active living within your school community!

Wheel Week 2018
Wheel Week 2018 is June 3-9. This annual event encourages students (and all community members) to wheel their way to school, work or play.  Register your school's participation and you'll be entered for a chance to win an awesome resource package courtesy of Ever Active Schools. 
Healthy Schools Alberta Blog
Every second Wednesday on the Healthy Schools Alberta Blog, we publish a new article on a topic related to comprehensive school health. Be sure to check out one of  our most recent posts, 13 Tips and Ideas for Celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Awareness Day.
Sharing Dance 2018
Are you looking for easy activities and resources to get your students physically active and artistically engaged? Canada's National Ballet School's (NBS)  Sharing Dance Day 2018 is   a nation-wide dance program that brings people of all ages and abilities together.

 It features:

Take Learning Outdoors this Month!
Spending time outdoors improves children's health, engages them with learning and leads to greater connection with nature. We hope the warmer weather and these upcoming awareness events are just the nudge you need to get outdoors more this month! 

May is International School Grounds Month, and schools around the globe are encouraged to take students outside to celebrate their school grounds. Check out this activity guide, packed with innovative ideas to keep your students engaged outdoors. 

May 17 also marks Outdoor Classroom Day, when thousands of schools around the world take lessons outside and prioritize playtime. Check out this resource library for outdoor lesson plan ideas.
Grant Opportunities
Makadiff Grassroutes Community Sport Innovation Challenge provides deserving organizations with fresh ideas for taking community sport in positive new directions that promise to enhance access, increase participation and ensure positive experiences. 

Breakfast Club of Canada accepts applications year round from schools, school boards, registered non-profits and community organizations to establish a new breakfast program or strengthen an existing one. 

Youth Environmental Engagement Grants are available to schools, classrooms and youth groups that propose to engage young Albertans in existing or new environmental programs and experiences.