Healthy Schools Newsletter 
  October 2012

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 In This Issue

Featured Partner:

Interior Health Authority

Interior Health wants to help you create healthy schools! After all, a healthy school contributes to the safety and health of our children, our youth...our future!  By working together, we can create the healthiest schools possible. If your school is located in the interior, please contact Interior Health here to learn how they can support healthy initiatives in your school.



Featured Program:

Physical Activity Line

The Physical Activity Line (PAL) is a free resource for practical and trusted physical activity and healthy living information. The PAL is staffed by CSEP Certified Exercise Physiologists® (CSEP-CEP's) and can prescribe exercise to people of all ages and abilities, including individuals with chronic conditions such as diabetes. The PAL also provides evidenced-based resources to support teachers, health professionals, and community health and fitness programs.

Please click here to learn more about how PAL can help you and your school.


PAL Golf Girls 

Healthy Happenings

Single Day Events:

Oct. 10 World Mental Health Day

Oct. 13 World Sight Day

Oct. 16 World Food Day

Oct. 22 International Stuttering Awareness Day


Week Long Events:

Sept. 30-Oct. 6

Mental Illness Awareness Week

Sept. 30-Oct. 6

National Breastfeeding Week

Oct. 7-13

Fire Prevention Week

Oct. 8-12

iWalk Week

Oct. 15-19

National Infection Control Week

Oct. 17-23

National School Safety Week 


October is Also:

Autism Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Eye Health Month

International Walk to School Month

Learning Disabilities Awareness Month

Lupus Awareness Month

National Ocupational Therapy Month

Psorisis Awareness Month

SIDs Awareness Month

Influenza Immunization Month 



Beginning the Conversation About CSH
Are you interested in Comprehensive School Health (CSH) and want to learn more?  DASH has created a resource titled Beginning the Conversation that takes the concepts of CSH and explains them in an accessible, easy to understand online format.  To learn more about CSH and Beginning the Conversation, please click here.
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Featured Article
The1stAnnualWalktheGlobeisabouttobeginThe 1st Annual Walk the Globe is About to Begin!

Mexico, Nigeria, Rwanda and more are walking for iWalk


WTG Charles
Charles Olupot, iWalk East Africa Coordinator.


Envision a walk to school amidst the historical architecture of San Luis Potosi, Mexico, wild safaris of Maasai Mara, Kenya, or picturesque settings of our very own beautiful BC. With the creation of DASH's innovative new classroom partnership program, Walk the Globe, Canadian schools participating in iWalk now have an opportunity to connect with their peers both nationally and internationally during iWalk week. Several countries have enthusiastically agreed to partner with classrooms in BC including Mexico, Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, and Tanzania with several more in the works. To read the entire article, clichere.
Dash Update
ReadySetWalkReady, Set, Walk!

The countdown is over, iWalk is next week!


International Walk to School Week (iWalk) is fast approaching! With only days to go, schools all over BC will be participating in a provincial movement to get kids walking to school. To highlight the impressive turnout this year, DASH has created an online map of the over 150 BC schools that are registered for this year's iWalk. To find your school, or see who is walking with you, please click here to visit DASH's Google Maps page.


 Look for updates daily as more schools register, and watch for an international version that highlights participating Walk the Globe international schools.


To view pictures, tips and stories from iWalk week, you can also visit us on social media! You can find DASH on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for real time updates.


Please send us pictures here from your iWalk week to be featured in our album. We would love to see what your school is doing to celebrate iWalk!


On behalf of the team here at DASH, we wish you a fun, safe and healthy iWalk experience!


KidsRideforFreeKids Ride for Free!

Translink offers free transit to kids October 8-12th   


Children around the world will be walking to school October 8th- 12th as part of iWalk. In recognition of this fantastic event, elementary and high schools kids in the Lower Mainland (with a valid GoCard) are invited to ride free on all Translink services during iWalk week.

Why provide free transit rides when it's called "Walk to School Week"? It's simple - both walking and taking transit promote good health and independence, while keeping greenhouse gases to a minimum.


Learn more about Kids Ride Transit Free from Translink here.To download a Kids Ride Transit Free poster to display in your school, click here.  




HSNupdateThe Healthy Schools Network Update

First HSN transition meeting took place October 3rd


In case you missed the Healthy Schools Network (HSN) newsletter article in September, available here, the HSN will be undergoing a transition this year. The new model for the HSN is designed to be more flexible, inclusive and student-centred. We will be trialing this new model with schools across the province this year. Our first meeting with those schools participating in the HSN Transition Trial took place on October 3rd. The meeting was filmed so we will be able to share the content with others. Please stay tuned for more information about these videos, and to find out when they will be made available! To read the entire article, click here.


Helpful Resources

TakeabiteoutoflunchTake a Bite out of Lunch!

The Good Bite Lunch Company offers healthy lunches for schools


Good Bite Lunch Company was created in 2010 by Tina Vander Veen and Laurie Arbuthnot. Good Bite offers a healthy school lunch delivery service on Thursdays and Fridays to schools in Duncan, BC, plus fundraising lunch options for school PACs in the Cowichan Valley. Their goal is to provide a convenient and healthy option for kids' lunches at school. Even more than that, however, they want to create edible enlightenment by teaching children that it does make a difference for our bodies and the planet when we choose wholesome, organic, local, fresh foods in sustainable packaging. Good Bite Lunch Company


To learn more about Good Bite and how they can provide healthy lunch options for students, please click here.


BCAgriculturegrantBC Agriculture in the Classroom Grant

Salad bar grant applications open October 10th, 2012


In May 2011, the Province announced that one-time grants would be available to schools to purchase salad barAITC Green Apples  equipment to help support local fruit and vegetable consumption in schools. Grant applications will be available the week of October 10th, 2012 on the BC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation website here, and at the Public Health Association of BC Farm to School website here. Schools can apply for a maximum of $10,000 for the purchase of salad bar equipment.


ASBCleadershiptrainingAction Schools! BC Student Leadership Training

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AS!BC Action Schools! BC is a best practices model designed to assist schools in creating individualized action plans to promote healthy living while achieving academic outcomes and supporting the comprehensive school health approach.  All registered Action Schools are eligible to receive one complimentary Physical Activity Student Leadership Session (on Classroom Workouts or Playground Games) and one complimentary Healthy Eating Student Leadership Session this school year. To learn more about the Action Schools! BC Leadership Training, please read the entire article here.


MccrearyreportMcCreary Center Society Launches New Report

Métis Youth Health Report available online.


McCreary's first ever Métis youth health report is now available. Please click here to download.


McCreary Girls 

The report will be launched via a series of 30 minute webinars. Below is the complete webinar schedule, and the links to access each presentation. It is not necessary to RSVP, simply click on the link before the start of the session.


October 9th @ 9:30am

Click here to attend.

October [email protected]:00pm

Click here to attend.