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Healthy Schools BC Newsletter
November 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 Nov. 8


Ed May Social Responsibility Education Fund

Deadline Nov. 25


Vancouver Foundation Education Grants

Year-Round Intake


Computers for Schools BC

Year-Round Intake


BC Hydro Sponsorship

Year-Round Intake


RBC After School Project Grants

Year-Round Intake


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.

Want to Submit 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  for submission dates and guidelines here.
Feature Healthy Schools BC Resource: CSH Four Pillar Activity
This tool is a great activity to start a conversation around what is currently going on in the classroom and/or school from the holistic lens of a comprehensive school health (CSH) approach. It can help you to identify which areas already have a lot of effort invested or activity occurring, and which ones may need more attention. Access the resource here and read examples of how you can use it at your school.  
Resources for the Classroom: Park the Car, It's Not That Far
International Walk to School Week (iWalk) may be over, but we can continue walking to school year-round! Join the conversation in ParticipACTION's new campaign, Park the Car, It's Not That Far, which encourages parents to increase their children's physical activity levels by walking, biking, in-line skating, or skateboarding to and from places that are short distances away.
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Featured Article

iWalk, You Walk, We All Walked for iWalk 

Over 190 BC schools took part in iWalk 2013


International Walk to School Week (iWalk) took place from October 7th to 11th this year with a total of 191 schools and over 60,000 students participating across British Columbia. Thank you to all the schools and iWalk coordinators who worked so hard to make it a great success! Click here to read what BC Schools got up to during iWalk.


Healthy Schools Stories

Have a Healthy School Story to Share?

DASH wants to hear from you!


The Healthy Schools Stories Map is a collection of health and learning related stories from schools across BC. With the ability to browse stories, or contribute your own, the map is a great way to get inspired and learn about the work happening in healthy schools around BC. To contribute, you just need to have a story that takes place in a BC school, and be a member of Click here to read more.


DASH Update

Healthy Schools BC Resource Guide

Updated guide supports inquiry-based learning


The Healthy Schools BC Resource Guide for Teaching and Learning provides classrooms and schools with a step-by-step process to address healthy living topics and goals. The Resource Guide goes through the Healthy Schools Process, which is reflective of, and incorporates, inquiry-based learning. Read more about the Resource Guide and access it here.

School Grants Now Available

New feature brings together health and learning grants from BC


Healthy Schools BC has made it easier than ever to find school grants related to health and learning. We've searched the province for school grant opportunities and compiled them on one convenient and easy-to-use web page. Please visit the Grants section of the Healthy Schools BC website here to get started.


DASH's Healthy Living Youth Council Is Back

This year's council retreat kicks off a promising year   


We were overwhelmed with the number of applications from students across the province for this year's Healthy Living Youth Council (HLYC). There were so many amazing students interested in participating. After some incredibly tough decisions, we selected 13 students from across the province for this year's HLYC. We are so excited to meet this amazing group of young people at the Kick-Off Event to be held November 2nd-4th at Camp Fircom on Gambier Island. We will provide an update after this event, so keep your eyes and ears open for some of the amazing things the HLYC will be up to this year. 


Learn more about the HLYC here and watch the HLYC Kick-Off Event video from 2012-2013 here.


Teacher Resources

Healthy Fundraising Resources 

Help your school fundraise with healthier choices


Looking for healthy fundraising ideas? Check out these resources that provide great fundraising suggestions and tips, including recipes, all while meeting the Guidelines for Food and Beverage Sales in BC Schools. Read more here.

Better Together BC Has a New Look! 

Check out blogs, tips, kid-friendly recipes and more has a new look! The website has been designed to encourage sharing and exploration of info that matters to you. What do you think? Let them know, and read more about the new website here.

Action Schools! BC Update
A PHE Canada award, a new website and revised resources  


We are excited to share the news that Action Schools! BC has been selected as one of the three recipients to receive the PHE Canada Health Promoting Schools Champion Award for 2013! Read more about this award and additional updates about Action Schools! BC here.


Take a Closer Look: Media and Health

Support students to be media savvy in the modern world


"Take a Closer Look: Media and Health" is a new health teaching resource that supports the Planning, English, and Social Studies 10 curricula. From advertising to branding, social networking to Googling, media messages are everywhere, especially in the lives of teens. It's not just because they are mass consumers of technology, but also because popular media often aims to influence them most. Read more here.