Healthy Schools BC Newsletter
December 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.


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: Healthy Schools, Healthy Communities: How You Can Make a Difference

This illustrated video developed by Ophea's Physical Activity Resource Centre (PARC) that is designed to support individuals and communities in working towards healthy schools. Click here to watch the video.

The Healthy Schools BC Newsletter is brought to you by DASH BC. Our vision is that ALL students are healthy, engaged, and connected at school.
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 Articles

Healthy Schools BC Community Leadership Workshop 

Collective Impact for Healthy School Communities


On November 4th and 5th, DASH and Healthy Schools BC welcomed a variety of community organizational partners to the Healthy Schools BC Community Leadership Workshop. The two-day workshop provided a unique opportunity for community-based organizations involved in healthy schools work to explore their role as school community partners, beyond their respective areas of focus. Click here to read more.

DASH Update

Flexible Settings for Learning

Making connections between after school programs and learning outcomes


After school programs represent flexible learning environments, while also providing a number of benefits to children and youth, including increased self-esteem and engagement in school. DASH is involved with after school programming through the BC After School Sport and Arts Initiative, which provides programming in 14 school districts. Click here to read more.  


School Connectedness

School Connectedness: The Ultimate Rain Gear? 

School connectedness as a protective factor for youth


The recent 2013 McCreary Centre Society's BC Adolescent Survey health highlighted school connectedness as an important protective factor for youth. So what does that really mean? What is a protective factor? And what does rain gear have to do with it? Read the full story here.


Image: Dallas  

Healthy Schools Stories

Glanford Middle School

Creating a rainbow to promote healthy relationships


With a focus on anti-bullying, students at Glanford Middle School in Victoria took a leadership role in promoting healthy relationships in their school community. Students led this initiative throughout the school year with announcements, activities, and videos, including positive and encouraging messaging for all students on anti-bullying day and a school-wide 'rainbow day' to signify acceptance on anti-homophobia day. Click
here to read the full story.


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

Inquiry-Based Learning and Student Leadership

Be The Change unites with the Healthy Schools Network


Healthy Schools Network and Be The Change Earth Alliance are uniting to bring inquiry-based curriculum to BC schools. Be The Change Earth Alliance (BTCEA) is an NGO dedicated to global health and sustainability through education that empowers critical thinking and behaviour change. Click here to read more

Take a Closer Look: Media and Health

Resource supports students to be media savvy

Take a Closer Look: Media and Health is a resource for teachers to support Grade 10 students to be media savvy in the modern world! Media messages are everywhere, especially in the lives of teens. Let's help teens build skills to understand media messaging and be smart about it. Click here to read more.    

Check Out What's New with Action Schools! BC  

Action Pages, Health Eating Pages, workshops and more!


Exciting Action Schools! BC resources and workshops are now available! Check out the 2014/2015 Action Pages!, Healthy Eating Pages!, and workshops such as the Enhancing Learning and Self-Regulation Through Physical Activity Workshop. Click here to read more.

Start a Farm to School Program at Your School!  

Funds are available!


Farm to School BC is pleased to be growing the Farm to School network. Thinking about starting a Farm to School program at your school? You can now submit an application for a grant of up to $4000 to plan and initiate a new program at your school. Click here to read more.