Healthy Schools BC Newsletter
November 2017

Stay Connected to the Healthy Schools Movement in BC

There are plenty of ways to stay connected to the healthy schools movement!

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Grant Opportunities
Deadline: November 10th, 2017

Deadline: December 1st, 2017

Deadline: February 15th, 2018
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Have a Great Story? We Want to Hear It!

We want to hear your Healthy Schools Stories!

Educators, students and community members across the province are working hard to create healthier schools and school communities.

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!

Submitting an Article for the Newsletter

How would you like to promote your organization's message to members of the health and education sectors across BC?

To learn how to submit an article for the Healthy Schools BC Newsletter, please visit the Healthy Schools BC website here for submission dates and guidelines. 

Video of the Month

Are you looking for a fun and unique way to make your school and school community more active?

The  Don't Walk in the Hallway at École Barrie Wilson  video by  Ever Active Schools shows us that the environments we are surrounded by can greatly influence our behaviour.

School staff at École Barrie Wilson Elementary School used decals to modify the hallways of their school, which helped to increase the physical activity of their students and helped to promote a healthier and more engaging learning environment for students and staff alike.

Watch the video here and learn more about Ever Active Schools here.

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.

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Featured Article
Healthy Habits in the Classroom, School and School Community
The importance of encouraging your students to reap the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle

With sedentary behaviour, unhealthy lifestyles and adverse health outcomes on the rise, it is now more important than ever to encourage children and youth to sit less and move more and to reap the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle. Help your students achieve and maintain healthy lifestyles, now and in the future, by building healthy habits and fostering a holistic approach to health and well-being within your classroom, school and school community. Click here to learn more.
DASH Updates
Healthy Schools Network (HSN) School Grants Deadline Coming Soon
The last day to apply is November 10th, 2017
The deadline for the  Healthy Schools Network (HSN) School Grants is quickly approaching. The last day to apply for an HSN School Grant is November 10th, 2017 - don't miss this amazing opportunity! Click here to learn more.
Action Schools! BC Updates
Action Schools! BC Action Planning
Learn how action planning can enhance your school and school community
Action planning is a key way to  purposefully enhance your school and school community in the areas of physical activity and healthy eating with connections to mental well-being and health literacy. Learn how you can easily access Action Schools! BC resources to support your school and school community today. Click here to read more.
School Connectedness
Children's Rights in the Classroom
Using National Child Day to help foster school connectedness
National Child Day , held on November 20th of every year, i s a chance to learn about children's rights to have a voice and participate in the community.  As children and youth spend so much of their lives at school, the school environment is considered an ideal place to start the discussion surrounding children's rights, which can help your students feel connected to the school environment.  Click here  to learn more.
Healthy Schools Stories
Kinesthetic Learning: Desk Cycles in the Classroom
Story from Beach Grove Elementary School

A teacher at Beach Grove Elementary School noticed that his class had poor fitness levels after seeing his students experience extreme fatigue after participating in physical activity. Realizing that this fatigue often led to issues regarding their concentration during class and a subsequent decrease in their learning outcomes, he set out to see if regular physical activity breaks during the school day could not only increase the fitness levels of his class but also help with their engagement in learning. Click here to learn more.
Each month, we highlight different Healthy Schools Stories. Have a story you would like to share? DASH wants to hear from you! Click here to view the Healthy Schools BC Stories Map to read more stories and to submit your own.
Healthy Schools Resources
UBC Mental Health Resource Database
Learn about fostering mental well-being and supporting students who have mental health difficulties

The UBC Mental Health Resource Database provides resources and supports that can help in the creation of environments where children and youth feel safe seeking help when needed, where biases and stigmas are reduced, and where feelings of acceptance, belonging and well-being are increased. Click here to learn more.
Canada's Food Guide Revision
Communicating  guidance in ways that better meet the needs of different users

Health Canada is in the process of revising Canada's Food Guide with a goal of communicating guidance in ways that better meet the needs of different users. This is a key initiative of their healthy eating strategy. During the revision process, the 2007 Canada's Food Guide continues to be Health Canada's guidance on healthy eating and can be used as a trusted source of information. Click here to learn more.
Save the Date
Shaping the Future 2018 and the Pan-Canadian School Health Summit
Taking place from January 30th-February 3rd, 2018

The Shaping the Future 2018 conference and the Pan-Canadian School Health Summit will be taking place in Lake Louise, AB from January 30th-February 3rd, 2018. Click here to learn more.