Healthy Schools Newsletter 
September 2012 


Our vision is a society where student participation in a healthy school community is the norm, not the exception. 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
here for more information.

In This Issue

Healthy Happenings
September 5 - Back to School

September is also:

Healthy Schools BC Featured Program - iMinds

DASH is proud to highlight iMinds, a drug-related literacy program for grades 6-10 that helps educators and their partners take an effective, comprehensive school-based approach to addressing alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, that promotes students' health and learning.  Please visit the Healthy Schools BC website here to learn more.
Featured Partner -
This month DASH is featuring HASTe BC, a hub for groups taking action on reducing school transportation emissions in BC.  Each year HASTe partners wtih DASH to bring you International Walk to School Week (iWalk) and also helps students, teachers and schools improve the health of individuals, communities and the environment. To learn more about HASTe, please visit their website here.
Comprehensive School Health - The Research
By now, you`ve probably heard about CSH and how it can be used in schools. But did you know that there is an international body of research devoted to the subject? Please visit the Healthy Schools BC website here to learn more.
CSH Wheel
Lunchalicious Food Services Offers Healthy School Lunches
Is your school or Parent Advisory Council (PAC) looking for new and fun options for your next food day in School Districts 61,62 and 63?

Lunchalicious Food Services menus are specially designed to appeal to kids. Lunches are prepared from scratch using organic and/or local foods purchased from reputable farmers and/or food suppliers.  The best part is that lunches are delivered free directly to your school.  To learn more, please click here.
Active Healthy Kids Canada Promotes Walking to School
The 2012 Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Card on Physical   Activity for Children and Youth shows that less than half of Canadian children use active transportation (walking, biking, skate boarding, etc.) to get to and from school each day. One easy way to increase kids' physical activity levels is to participate in the 2012 International Walk to School Week. This is a great initiative to promote walking to school; remember though that walking to other places in your community should also be considered as a viable (and fun!) alternative to driving.
Interested in 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 Portal here for submission dates and guidelines. 
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Featured Article
NewsletterThe Healthy Schools Newsletter Gets a New Look!
New look, same healthy schools focus 

DASH is excited to present you with a new style and format for the Healthy Schools BC Newsletter. Not only have we given it a more modern look and feel, we've increased the amount and variety of healthy schools news and features. Some of the new offerings include:


Healthy Happenings - A monthly event listing for healthy schools events across BC

Featured Programs and Partners - Shining a spotlight on some of the people and programs making a difference in healthy schools communities

Social Media - Follow DASH on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin for the latest updates on healthy schools news, as they are happening.


... and many more!


The newsletter keeps readers in BC informed of healthy schools news and emerging trends through a coordinated approach that features healthy living programs, informative articles and events. We look forward to hearing your feedback about our new look, so please send us your thoughts here.


The DASH newsletter team

DASH Update

iWalk30 Days Until iWalk 2012!
Early bird prizes are still available if you register now!

iWalk PosterDASH is pleased to announce that over 39,000 BC students will be participating in this year's International Walk to School Week (iWalk). Happening in schools across BC from October 8th to 12th, and in countries all over the world during October, iWalk is an annual event that celebrates the many benefits of walking and biking to school. If you have not already registered your school for iWalk do so now! Once you've registered here, DASH will send your school a package that includes resources and promotional items to help you plan a successful iWalk event - but hurry! In order to receive an iWalk resource package in time for the event, registrations need to be completed by September 28th. 


To read the entire article, click here.

WTGNew for 2012! Walk the Globe 

Share your iWalk experience with a school from another country!


Walk the Globe is a new program that partners British Columbia (BC) schools with participating iWalk schools across Canada, the United States and countries all over the world to share their experiences of walking to school. In addition to promoting healthy and active school communities, Walk the Globe connects youth through an interactive framework of cross-collaboration and intercultural learning. Read the entire article here.


To register, please click here.

Portal2The New Healthy Schools BC Web Portal Goes Live September 17th

The portal gets a new look and lots of new added features 


Monday, September 17h marks the official launch date of the redesigned Healthy Schools BC web portal. Just in time for the new school year, the website has been updated with loads of new features and content including the Healthy Schools Process tab, a section that focuses on the "how to" for building a healthy school. To support the increased healthy school program and resource options, the site also features a research section where you'll find articles on comprehensive school health, healthy living topics, healthy eating and evidence based approaches to creating healthy schools. Interested in seeing how the portal can work for you? Visit the website here for more information, or contact DASH here to learn more.


To read the entire article, click here.


Portal Screen Shot 

HSNHealthy Schools Network Update

The HSN moves toward a student led inquiry approach


HSNWelcome back! We hope you've had an enjoyable summer and are looking forward to the new school year.

We've had a very exciting and busy summer at DASH preparing for the upcoming year of the Healthy Schools Network. The HSN will be undergoing some changes this year. We will be building on the exciting work HSN members have been doing by moving inquiry to the student level. This aligns with our current Healthy Schools initiatives that put students at the centre of healthy living actions, and incorporates feedback we have received from HSN schools. As we move forward, our vision is to link the work being done by HSN members to the considerable actions that schools around the province are taking to address and improve the health of students.

To read the entire article, click here.

Helpful Resources

HealthLinkHealthLinkBC Provides 24/7 Access to Health Advice

Health information and advice, whenever and wherever you need it



Offering easy-to-read health information available in a variety of formats, HealthLink BC is a valuable resource for parents and students alike, both at home and at school.


HealthLink BC provides 24/7 access to non-emergency health information and advice free-of-charge in British Columbia via telephone, website, a wireless app, and a collection of print resources. Whether you are a high school student looking for health information online or a concerned parent who wants to speak to a dietitian about your child's specific food allergies, HealthLink BC can help.


To read the entire article, click here.

ASAction Schools! BC Complimentary Support Services

New additions added for the 2012/2013 school year


Action Schools LogoClick here for a list of Action Schools! BC's complimentary support services for elementary and middle schools in the 2012/2013 school year. 


Great new additions include:

  • A combined Physical Activity and Healthy Eating Workshop for all grades
  • The 5-2-1-0 Workshop - a cross-curricular collaboration featuring Action Schools! BC Healthy Eating and Physical Activity, Sip Smart! BC, and Screen Smart resources that support school health promotion messaging of:  5 or more servings of vegetables and fruit; 2 hours of screen time or less; 1 hour or more of physical activity; and 0sugary drinks per day
  • Refresher workshops, including Eat Your Veggies and Fruit, and Sugary Drinks and Shake the Salt Habit 

Contact the Action Schools! BC Support Team at 1-800-565-7727 or [email protected] to book your school's Healthy Eating or DPA (Daily Physical Activity) Workshop for teachers, a Student Leadership Session, Teacher Mentorship with a Trainer, and more.

SportsDayCelebrate Sports Day in Canada 2012

Registration is now open!


Kick off the school year by joining schools, organizations and communities across BC in celebrating the third annual Sports Day in Canada on September 29, 2012. Sports Day in Canada is a national celebration of sport, from grassroots to high-performance levels, in communities across BC and Canada. Presented by ParticipACTION, True Sport, CBC Sports and Healthy Families BC, Sports Day in Canada is a great chance to Sports Daycelebrate sport and all the good things it can do for families, communities and our national pride!

To read the entire article, click here.

BCSFVNPBC School Fruit and Vegetable Nutritional Program Accepting Registrations for January

Registration is now open!


BC Fruit The BCSFVSNP is available to all BC K-12 public schools and K-12 BC First Nations schools. School selection is based on a first come first served basis for September and January enrolments. To learn more, or apply for the program, please visit their website here.