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Healthy Schools BC Newsletter
April 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

Deadline April 9th, 2013 


WITS Youth Action Grants

Deadline April 30th, 2013 


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

Deadline May 15th, 2013


Artists in Education

Deadline May 17th, 2013


Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds School Ground Greening Grants

Deadline May 31st, 2013 


Artists in the Classroom Grants

Deadline June 7th, 2013 


Healthy Communities Capacity Building Grants

Deadline June 30th, 2013 


Vancouver Foundation Education Grants

Deadline July 16th, 2013 


Cherniavsky's 'Mr. Music' Fund

Deadline October 10th, 2013 


Do you have a school grant opportunity you'd like to share with our readers? We want to hear from you! Please email us here with the grant information.


Salad Bar Grants Update
BC Agriculture in the Classroom and the Public Health Association of BC are pleased to announce that all the schools who applied for the grant received funding to start or supplement a salad bar program. To see a list of grant recipients, please click here. To learn more about salad bar programs or other Farm to School programs, please click here.


Featured Program: Hi5 - Brought to you by the BC Cancer Agency
Did you know that more than 50 percent of all cancers can be prevented by some very achievable practices - things that you can learn about on the Hi 5 website? Understanding the factors that lead to different types of cancer can help us to prevent it. To learn how your school can partner with the BC Cancer Agency, visit their Healthy Living Schools Initiative page here.

Healthy Happenings

World Health Day

April 7th


Earth Day

April 22th


International Physical Literacy Conference in Banff, AB

April 20th - 23rd


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


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 Article

What Do DASH and Kevin Bieksa of the Vancouver Canucks Have in Common?  

Both participated in Youth Summit 2013: Building a Mindful Community in Vancouver

In February, DASH was invited to participate in a one-day "by youth, for youth" mental health workshop and was joined by three members of the Healthy Living Youth Council, as well as over 150 secondary students and teachers from across BC. DASH asked Youth Council member and summit attendee Rylee McKinlay to write about her experience. Here's what she had to say.



Save the Date! iWalk 2013 Just Announced 

iWalk Week will be October 7th to 11th

International Walk to School Week (iWalk) is an annual school-based event hosted in BC by DASH BC and HASTe. A week-long event held every year in October, iWalk encourages students, parents, staff, and community members to walk to school to promote and celebrate the many benefits of walking to school. Registration opens soon, check for updates. 


Healthy Schools in Action

Teacher of the Month: Jacquie Poulin 

Raising awareness about healthy choices has a positive impact


Each month, DASH shines a spotlight on a member of the healthy  schools community making a difference in BC schools. This month, DASH is pleased to introduce Jacquie Poulin from Forest Park Elementary. Jacquie has been an active member of the healthy schools movement in BC for many years, and has contributed to many key provincial healthy school initiatives. To read what Jacquie had to say about healthy schools in BC, please click here. 


DASH Update

Projecting Change Film Festival Comes to Vancouver April 25th to 28th  

DASH supporting two Youth Days April 25th and 26th  


Are you a teacher in Vancouver looking for class field trip ideas? April 25th-26th, the Projecting Change Film Festival presents two full days of youth-orientated films and workshops focusing on such topics as sport, healthy eating, bullying, and entrepreneurship. To learn how your class can attend, please click here.


Healthy Schools Network Update 

Year-end stories due by June 7th  


Healthy Schools Network (HSN) schools across BC are actively engaged in their healthy school inquiries for 2013. To view a map of all participating BC schools, which includes a school's inquiry question or focus, and to read more HSN updates, please click here .


Healthy Schools BC Gets a New Logo 

New look, same focus on healthy students   


With all the work that is happening around healthy schools in BC, and with the continuing evolution of the portal, Healthy Schools BC was in need of its own identity and logo. The new logo was developed with a lot of thought, and we wanted to share the concept behind it with our readers. To read more, please click here. 


Teacher Resources
Action Schools! BC Training Sessions Available
Program trains students to become playground leaders

AS!BC Spring is in the air, making this a great time to re-engage students  in healthy and fun outdoor play with an Action Schools! BC Student Leadership Training session on outdoor games. In this two hour complimentary session, student leaders will be provided with outdoor playground game leadership training by an Action Schools! BC Regional Trainer. To get involved, read more here


Innovative Education for Your SMART Board
Food for Us resources now available for Grades 2-3

The nutrition educators at the BC Dairy Association have provided teachers with engaging, interactive, and colourful curriculum-based programs for many years. To further enhance the lessons, Smart Board activities are now available for the Grade 2-3 nutrition program, Food for Us. To learn more, please click here.


Did You Know that Potatoes Can Be Powerful Teaching Tools? 

Spuds in Tubs program supports teachers with a variety of learning outcomes   


All schools and teachers enrolled in this great program receive the tools and instructions to grow their very own potatoes, attend workshops and bring back valuable enthusiasm and learning to the classroom! To learn how you can get involved with Spuds in Tubs, read more here.



Looking for Help with Your Nutrition Planning? 

BC Dairy's new video educates teachers about workshops 

Providing nutrition education activities that are fun and build skills helps students develop lifelong healthy eating habits. But between lesson planning, staff meetings, union meetings, parent-teacher meetings, field trips, grading, report card writing, and supervising extracurricular activities, where do you find the time to plan for your nutrition unit and its integration into other curriculum areas? In just two minutes, this engaging new video shows teachers  how the BC Dairy Association nutrition education workshops can help them teach nutrition in the classroom right away.

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