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Healthy Schools BC Newsletter
December 2013
Stay Connected to the Healthy Schools Movement in BC
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School Grant Opportunities


S'Cool Life Fund

Deadline Jan. 31, 2014


HSN Healthy Schools Grants

Ongoing until Mar. 1, 2014


KidSport BC Program

Year-Round Intake



To view an even bigger collection of healthy schools related grants, visit the Grants section of the Healthy Schools BC website here.

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.
Video of the Month: Art4Fun 
Click the image below to watch students at Stuart Wood Elementary in Kamloops have fun with guitars and drama with Art4Fun!
Pictures from iWalk 2013! 
See what BC schools got up to during iWalk this year!
View photos here.
Tips on Deterring Cyberbullying
To promote Bullying Awareness Week held November 17th-23rd, MediaSmarts compiled tips and resources to help students act ethically online and take action against bullying. Learn more here.
Contact DASH
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.


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Featured Article

Students Share Their Passion for the Arts 

Art4Fun supports Kamloops students


Two years ago, high school students at Beattie School of the Arts in Kamloops had an idea to create an after school arts program for youth in elementary school. This fall, their idea became reality! Art4Fun is a powerful model for student leadership and partnership, and for fun, active after school environments. To read more about Art4Fun, click here.


New! CSH Resource for Health Professionals

Resource supports health promotion in schools


DASH is proud to introduce the Comprehensive School Health (CSH) Resource for Health Professionals. The guide provides frontline health professionals working with schools/school districts with evidence-based information and tools to support them in applying a CSH lens to their healthy schools work. Learn more and download the guide here.


DASH Update

New! Healthy Schools Stories Map

Map highlights work happening in schools all across BC 


With over 90 stories to view and more being added each week, the Healthy Schools Stories Map is a great place to learn about the fantastic work happening in BC schools. Visit the map today to view these stories and add your own!

Coordinating Health and Learning in Schools

Adopt a whole school approach with the Resource Guide


Comprehensive school health (CSH) is an evidence-based approach to supporting improvements in students' educational outcomes while addressing health in a planned, integrated, and holistic way. Simply put, CSH is about coordinating health actions across all areas of the school to ensure maximum impact on students' health and learning. To learn more about how you can integrate CSH into your classroom, click here.

Connecting Nature and Playgrounds

Haida Gwaii, badger holes and happy students


When does a badger hole contribute to the healthy development of children? There is a growing body of evidence that connects healthy child development with exposure to nature. Read DASH Executive Director Kathy Cassels' blog post here to learn more.


Promoting Healthy Schools "for Youth, by Youth"

Healthy Living Youth Council Kick-Off Retreat a Big Success


The Healthy Living Youth Council had its first event of the year this month, the Kick-Off Retreat which was held at Camp Fircom on Gambier Island from November 2-4. The 12 new council members, along with two alumni members from last year's council, travelled from all across the province to attend this event, and it was a huge success! Read more here.


Teacher Resources

The 2014 Milk Calendars Are Here!  

Free calendar available for teachers


BC Dairy Association is pleased to offer teachers across BC a copy of the 2014 Milk Calendar, which includes a collection of recipes from farmers across Canada. Calendars are free, and available in bulk quantities for dieticians. Order the 2014 calendar here.

Action Schools! BC Update 

Teacher Mentorship with a Trainer, and Action Plans


The Teacher Mentorship with a Trainer program brings hands-on professional development into the school and supports teachers with physical activity and healthy eating education. The creation of the Action Schools! BC Action Plan integrates the effort of teachers, school administrators, and other members of the school community to achieve goals in six action zones, helping to support comprehensive school health. To learn more about these two supports, read more here.

My Healthy Workplace Challenge
Northern Health supporting healthy workplaces


The HYPE (Healthier You Promotions and Engagement) team at Northern Health recently held a region-wide challenge to schools and workplaces to promote health, wellness, and safety in the workplace. 80 teams participated in weekly challenges together, each week focusing on a different topic, including injury prevention, physical activity, and health eating. Continue reading here.

Health at Every Size

Body shape and size resources for teachers


Health at Every Size is a peer-reviewed curriculum resource designed for teaching health professionals and university students about the Health at Every Size model, a weight neutral approach to health. Click here to learn more and download the lectures.  

New BC Agriculture in the Classroom Documentary

Fruits and vegetables a hit in schools!


The BC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation works with educators to bring BC's agriculture into classrooms through various programs. A documentary has been released about the BC School Fruit and Vegetable Nutritional Program. To read more, click here.