Healthy Schools BC Newsletter
November 2014

Stay Connected to the Healthy Schools Movement in BC
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School Grant Opportunities
To check out the following grant opportunities and many more, visit the Healthy Schools BC website here.


Toyota Evergreen School Ground Greening Grant

Deadline: Nov. 14


Nike N7 Fund

Deadline: Nov. 15

Think & Eat Green @ School

Deadline: Nov. 28

Whole Kids Foundation School Garden Grant

Deadline: Nov. 30


Science World's BC Green Games

Deadline: Nov. 30

Farm to School BC Grants

Deadline: Dec. 19

Tire Stewardship BC Community Grant Program

Deadline: Dec. 31

Action Schools! BC Healthy Eating School Food Grant


BC Hydro Sponsorship


Breakfast Clubs of Canada



Computers for Schools BC

Year-Round Intake

KidSport BC Program



McCreary Youth Action Grant


RBC After School Project Grants 

Year-Round Intake

Vancouver Foundation Education Grants



WITS Youth Leadership Contest


Video of the Month:

South Nelson Elementary School 

Watch students at South Nelson Elementary School rap an awesome song about the importance of eating greens! South Nelson Elementary School used a comprehensive school health approach to create a Go Greens salad bar for students and staff. Students volunteered at a local greenhouse with a seniors group and performed this song. Read more about their healthy school initiative and watch their video here    


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Featured Articles

Healthy Schools Network Grants Are Now Available

Apply for a grant today!


The Healthy Schools Network (HSN) is an open learning community of educators, students, and community members across the province working together to optimize health and learning, meet healthy living goals, and improve overall wellbeing in students and the broader school community. There are two HSN grants available through Healthy Schools BC to support improvements in both health and learning for BC students and school communities:

  • The Healthy Living Activity Grant
  • The Healthy Living Inquiry Grant

To learn more about these grants, including how to apply, click here.


DASH Update

Walk and Wheel to School

Keep the initiative going all year long


Walk and Wheel to School took place in October with over 125 schools and 60 000 students, school staff, and parents participating across BC. Thank you to all the schools and Walk and Wheel coordinators who worked hard to make it another great event! Walk and Wheel doesn't have to end in October, keep the initiative going all year long with the help of our online resources. Click here to check them out.  


School Connectedness

Ten Tips to Foster School Connectedness

Relationships are at the heart of school connectedness


No significant learning occurs without a significant relationship. The relationships formed between students and school staff members are at the heart of school connectedness. Click here to learn more about how to strengthen connections to school, including ten tips for teachers and ten tips for administrators to foster school connectedness.

Healthy Schools Stories

Building School Connectedness with Art

General Currie Elementary School Art Truck


Last school year, General Currie Elementary School in Richmond wanted to provide more opportunities for students in the afterschool hours, while also increasing school connectedness. With support from community partnerships, and using art as a means to engage students, the Art Truck initiative was established. The Arts Truck provided art outreach to students on a monthly basis and supported students to be more active in the afterschool time period as well as increase connections to adults within the community. Read more about the Art Truck here.


Each month, we highlight healthy schools stories. Have a healthy school story to share? DASH wants to hear from you! Click here to view the Healthy Schools BC Stories Map to read more stories and submit your own. 

Teacher Resources

Announcing "BC at the Table"

Exciting videos to learn about BC's food system


Do you really know where your food comes from? Check out BC at the Table, the newest resource from the BC Dairy Association. Through videos, learn about BC's food system and how we produce, process, distribute and acquire local food, following the stories of produce, grains, dairy and salmon. Teacher resources are available as well. Click here to read more. 

Looking for Support with Implementing the Guidelines?

Resources to help schools meet the Guidelines for Food and Beverage Sales


There are new and revised resources available to support schools in meeting the 2013 edition of the Guidelines for Food and Beverage Sales in BC Schools (the Guidelines). The Guidelines support healthy eating in BC schools by promoting the sale of healthy food choices and limiting access to unhealthy choices. New and revised resources include recipe books, slide presentations and fact sheets. Click here to read more.

Action Schools! BC Update

Student leadership training, new DPA Pages! and more


Check out the Action Schools! BC updates and learn what's new. Read about supporting students to become healthy living leaders through student leadership training, peruse the new DPA Pages!, and download family newsletters for November and December. Click here to read more.

Farm to School BC Updates

Apply for a Farm to School grant!


Fall is an exciting time for Farm to School programs across the province. With the main harvest season now behind us, Farm to School can begin planning for our upcoming year. There are some exciting updates, including available grants! Click here to read more. 

New Online Anaphylaxis Training for Schools

Learn to prevent, recognize and respond to anaphylaxis


Anaphylaxis Canada has released a new online training module to support educators to prevent, recognize, and respond to anaphylaxis.   The module takes approximately 30 minutes to complete, is free of charge, and is available in English and French. Click here to read more.