Healthy Schools BC Newsletter
March 2013
The Healthy Schools BC Newsletter is brought to you by DASH BC. 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 
for more information. 

School Grant Opportunities

ParticipACTION Teen Challenge Grants


$250-$1000 per school for an ongoing program or one time event

Apply today! Applications accepted until March 15th 


RBC After School Project Grants


Up to $40,000 available for after school projects.

Applications accepted until March 15th.


S'Cool Life D.R.E.A.M.S. Grants

$2,000,000 per year for Canadian elementary schools for drama, recreation, extra-curricular activities, arts, music or sports.
Applications accepted to May 15th, 2013.

WWF Canada Green CommUnity School Grants Program


$200,000 each year for Canadian elementary and secondary schools

Next intake spring 2013


Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds School Ground Greening Grants



Apply today! Next intake March 1st, 2013



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Healthy Happenings

March 8th

International Women's Day


March 15th

ParticipACTION Teen Challenge Grant Deadline


March 18th-22nd

Spring Break Vacation


March Is Also:

National Nutrition Month 


Know of a Healthy Happening our readers should know about? Contact us


Video of the Month: Student Engagement in Dawson Creek

Students and teachers at Dawson Creek Secondary speak about project-based learning and the positive impact it's having on students. To view the video, please click on the image below.

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Featured Partner: Dieticians of Canada
Every year in March, dietitians across the country remind us of the importance of healthy eating and the positive impact nutrition has on our health and well-being. Nutrition Month 2013 is dedicated to helping Canadians to put their "best food forward" when grocery shopping for healthy food. To learn more about how your school can get involved with the Dietitians of Canada, visit their website
Archived Healthy Schools Newsletters
Producing the Healthy Schools Newsletter regularly for over six years has created quite an archive of healthy schools history in BC! To view past newsletters full of helpful and relevant content, please visit the Healthy Schools BC portal here.


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Featured Articles

March Is Nutrition Month 

DASH takes a look at resources and programs for BC schools  


feature article Bite into that delicious BC grown apple starting March 1st and join us in promoting nutrition and healthy eating in BC schools and communities.  


There are a number of great programs and resources on the Healthy Schools BC portal that support healthy eating in the classroom. DASH has pulled together an overview to get you started, read more here.  


March Is International Women's Day   

ProMOTION Plus celebrates BC girls and women in sport  


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Celebrated around the world and in BC, March 8th is International Women's Day.  The popular annual event celebrates progress toward equality for women, and reflects on challenges and barriers that remain, in order to achieve equality for all women.

For this year's International Women's Day, DASH would like to highlight ProMOTION Plus for their contribution towards increasing opportunities in sport for girls and women.  Read more here.


Healthy Schools in Action

Introducing Melanie Kurrein, Ministry of Health 

Supporting schools through a passion for health promotion  


melanie Each month, DASH features a member of the healthy schools community making a difference in BC schools. This month, DASH is pleased to introduce our readers to Melanie Kurrein. Melanie promotes healthy schools as the Public Health Nutrition Project Manager at the Ministry of Health. To learn more about Melanie and her involvement in BC schools, read more here.

DASH Update

Introducing Healthy Living Youth Council Member of the Month: Rebecca Landsberg  

Advice to students? Go for it!     


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When the Healthy Living Youth Council formed in November, DASH could not have imagined the impact it would have inspiring students to get involved in their schools. The results have been, quite simply, amazing.

This month, we spoke with council member Rebecca Landsberg from L.V. Rogers Secondary and asked her a few questions. We think you'll enjoy what she has to say. Read more here.


DASH Travels to Alberta  

Conference addressed engaging healthy school communities  



DASH had the pleasure of attending Ever Active Schools' annual conference in Kananaskis, Alberta to learn how our neighbours to the east approach fostering healthy school communities. To find out what we learned, read more here.

DASH Welcomes Back Kari Lyster   

Healthy eating initiatives at DASH gain new support 


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DASH is pleased to announce that Project Coordinator Kari Lyster is returning full time. Many of our readers know Kari from her work with the Healthy Schools Network, and know that her dedication to her work and infectious laugh make her a pleasure to work with. For the last year, Kari has been working part time at DASH while pursuing her Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN).  Welcome back, Kari!


Teacher Resources
Free Nutrition Month Posters Now Available
"It's Your Move" promotes healthy eating in school

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Each year, the BC Dairy Association produces free posters to support March nutrition month.

Available in French and English, this poster is FREE for educators, however a small shipping fee applies. To learn how you can order free posters for your classroom, read more here.

Dietitians of Canada Supports Teachers with Nutrition Month Resources
Free mobile apps, fact sheets and more now available

dieticians of canada
March is Nutrition Month and the Dietitians of Canada want to help your school put its "best food forward."  


Nutrition Month  encourages Canadians to make healthier food choices in the grocery store. To read how the Dietitians of Canada can support your school, read more here.


Action Schools! BC Supports Nutrition Month 

Healthy Eating Pages now available     


Nutrition Month provides schools with a great opportunity to celebrate healthy food. Action Schools! BC has created a series of Healthy Eating Pages that are designed to help schools provide an environment supportive of healthy eating.   


To learn more and view these helpful resources, click here.


Teen Physical Activity Grants Now Available

Grants encourage innovative ways to get active 

teen challenge

The next ParticipACTION Teen Challenge funding deadline is March 15th, 2013!


Community Host Organizations are eligible for funding of up to $250 to support a one-time event and up to $500 to support an ongoing program or challenge where youth are engaged in physical activity. To learn more or apply, click here.  


Healthy Attitudes, Healthy Weights, Healthy Schools

Workshops available that promote positive body image  


healthy weights

Do your students worry about their weight and how they look?

Are some students teased at school because of their weight?

Are you looking for resources and tips to help you discuss body image concerns in the classroom?


The BC Dairy Association can help. Read more here for information on available resources for teachers.