Healthy Schools BC Newsletter
September 2015

Stay Connected to the Healthy Schools Movement in BC
There are plenty of ways to stay connected to the healthy schools movement! Follow DASH on social media for all your healthy schools news and happenings.

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Grant Opportunities 
Deadline: Sept. 30, 2015
Deadline: Sept. 30, 2015
Healthy Schools Network grants
Available: Oct. 6, 2015 
Deadline: Mar. 1, 2016 (or when funding runs out)
Artists in the Classroom Grant
Deadline: Oct. 15, 2015

Deadline: Oct. 15, 2015
Arts in Education Council of BC Fund
Deadline: Oct. 16, 2015
Deadline: Oct. 16, 2015
Canadian Tire Jumpstart
Deadline: Nov. 1, 2015
Nike N7 Fund
Deadline: Nov. 15, 2015

View other healthy school grant opportunities here.
Submitting 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 here for submission dates and guidelines. 

Video of the Month: 
Enjoy the journey of this adorable Grade 1 class as they explore and discover the natural world of the Hendryx Street Forest Garden in Nelson, BC. Follow the action research of the teacher as she weaves in the natural world to encourage self-regulation and a natural sense of wonder in her students.

The Healthy Schools BC Newsletter is brought to you by DASH BC. Our vision is that ALL children and youth in BC will realize their full potential as healthy learners who feel connected and engaged in their community
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
Get Your School Ready to Walk 
Last chance to register for Walk and Wheel to School 2015
DASH BC is excited to present the 9th annual Walk and Wheel to School event as part of International Walk to School Week (iWalk). Join students, teachers, parents, and community members across BC and celebrate the many benefits of walking or biking to school. This year's event will take place October 5th - 9th, 2015. Click here for more information and registration.
First Annual Healthy Schools Week
Kick off the school year by celebrating healthy schools
The start of the school year is fresh with possibilities, ideas and opportunities to create healthier school communities. This year we are excited to start off the school year with the first annual Healthy Schools Week from October 5th -9th, 2015 with events, resources, grants and more! Click here to read more about Healthy Schools Week and how you can get involved. 
DASH Update
Healthy Schools Network News
HSN Grants available October 6th, 2015 
We are looking forward to the upcoming school year; it's a fresh start, full of exciting possibilities to engage students in creating healthier school communities! We are excited to share that our Healthy Schools Network (HSN) grants will be available on October 6th, 2015. Click here to learn more about how you can apply.  
School Connectedness
Two Strategies to Make Your Healthy School Visions a Reality  
How can we best support the wellbeing of the youth in our care?
The start of the school year brims with possibilities. It's a time of hopefulness for what we can accomplish, and how we can support the wellbeing and learning of our students. Learn how focusing on your everyday practices and your personal wellbeing can help you realize those aspirations.
Healthy Schools Stories
The Healthy Schools BC Stories Map is a fun and inspiring resource containing over 400 stories from schools around BC that have started healthy living projects. By sharing these stories, we aim to encourage students, educators, and community partners to learn from and be inspired by each other. Some story highlights from last year include Random Acts of Kindness (Wiltse Elementary), Innovative Classroom Design (Beach Grove Elementary), the New Beginnings Garden (Bakerview Centre for Learning), and the Skateboard Design Project (Central Programs and Services) -you can check out the map for many more!
If you have a story to share, we would love to see it on the map. Anyone can submit!
HSN Schools, don't forget-we want to hear from all of you! Please share your experience on the Stories Map. Feel free to contact us at [email protected] for support.
Healthy School Resources
Terry Fox National School Run Day 
Use the Terry Fox Foundation website to support your school's event 
In 1980, Terry Fox made history by beginning his Marathon of Hope; 35 years later, it is still going strong, as millions of students across Canada take part in the Terry Fox National School Run Day every year. This year, Terry Fox National School Run Day is Wednesday, September 30th. Click here to learn how to get your school involved, and to gain access to fundraising and event planning tools! 
The Healthy Schools BC Website 
Your one-stop shop for healthy schools programs, grants, resources, and stories
Want to get involved in creating healthy classrooms and schools, but not sure where to start?  Check out the Healthy Schools BC website! This web portal brings together healthy schools information and resources from across BC into one convenient location; it also demonstrates how these programs can work together using a comprehensive school health approach.  Click here to learn more about how you can use the website to make a difference at your school. 
Action Guides 
Make your healthy living projects fun and effective
Are you planning a healthy living activity at your school? Use one of the Healthy Schools BC Action Guides to support your work! The Guides provide suggestions for actions that can be taken across your entire school, and they focus on four key topics: school connectedness, healthy eating, physical activity, and injury prevention. Click here to check them out!
BC Dairy Mini Food Grants Now Available 
Inspire healthy eating at your school
Would you like to use food in your classroom to inspire your students to be healthier eaters? Enhance your teaching with a BC Dairy Nutrition Education program, and then apply for a Mini Food Grant! Click here for details.
Healthy School Communities National Forum 
The path forward for healthy school communities 
PHE Canada (Physical and Health Education Canada) is excited to invite you to the 2015 Healthy School Communities National Forum on November 16 & 17, 2015 in Ottawa-Gatineau! This national forum is intended for professionals working in or with schools and school jurisdictions to make student wellness, student achievement, and healthy schools a priority goal. Register today at and learn more about the forum here.