Healthy Schools BC Newsletter
January 2016

Stay Connected to the Healthy Schools Movement in BC
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Grant Opportunities 
Deadline: Jan. 27, 2016 
S'Cool Life Fund
Deadline: Jan. 31, 2016
Deadline: Feb. 15, 2016 
Deadline: Feb. 15, 2016 
Deadline: Feb. 19, 2016 
Deadline: Feb. 29, 2016 
Deadline: Apr. 8, 2016 
Deadline: Apr. 8, 2016

Breakfast Club of Canada
Deadline: Ongoing

Computers for Schools BC
Deadline: Ongoing

Good Sports Equipment Grant
Deadline: Ongoing

KidSport BC Program
Deadline: Ongoing

McCreary Youth Action Grant
Deadline: Ongoing 
View other healthy school grant opportunities here.
Video of the Month:
Mike Weeks Trail Project at Garibaldi Highlands Elementary School 
Students at Garibaldi Highlands Elementary School had hands-on experience supporting their school community to be healthy and inclusive. Students worked with the president of the local trail society, and with a person who uses a wheelchair, to enhance an existing trail around the school to make it wheelchair accessible. Click here to watch their video and read more about their story!
Have a Great Story? We Want to Hear It!
We want to hear your healthy schools story! Educators, students and community members across the province are working hard to create healthier schools. Sharing your stories can help support and inspire others, and viewing stories from other schools can do the same for you. Check out the Healthy Schools Stories Map today!
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. 
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
A Whole School Approach to Food Literacy 
Fostering food literate students

DASH's work is grounded in whole school approaches to creating healthier school communities. We have been addressing holistic concepts, such as food literacy, through a whole school approach, which provides opportunities to learn both in the classroom and through every aspect of the school experience. Approaching food literacy this way helps to ensure students will develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to choose, grow, prepare and enjoy food to support one's health, community, and the environment. Click here to learn more and read updates about our food literacy work.   
DASH Update
New French Language Resources 
Healthy Schools BC website, guides and tools available in French 
Healthy Schools BC resources are now available in French for Francophone and French Immersion schools! These new resources are intended to support Francophone and French Immersion schools to utilize healthy school resources and services. Click here to read more and learn which resources are available in French. 
Healthy Schools Network Grants
HSN Inquiry Grants available now!

Healthy Schools Network (HSN) Inquiry Grants are available now! The Healthy Schools Network (HSN) Inquiry Grant is intended to provide financial support for educators and school community members as they transform the way they address health living in their classroom and across all aspects of the school environment. Grant applications are now available and due by Friday, February 5th, 2016. Click here to read more. 
Teachers: Last Chance to Take a Survey and Win!
Healthy Schools BC survey offers chance to win iPad Minis
The Healthy Schools BC initiative is being evaluated and we're asking educators and administrators for their perspective on Healthy Schools BC. By completing a brief, confidential survey here , you'll be entered in a draw for a chance to win one of three iPad Minis for your school, courtesy of DASH BC. Winners will be announced in March. Whether or not you completed the survey last year, your feedback will be valuable in helping to inform what is needed to create a healthy school.
The survey will close on Friday January 15th. Please click here to see the summary reports from the first and second year of the Healthy Schools BC evaluation.
School Connectedness
Real Acts of Caring (RAC) in SD 43 
Sharing an inspiring story of school connectedness in action  
This month we are highlighting an inspiring story about how Coquitlam School District's acts of caring have fostered school connectedness. School connectedness is about creating a school community where everyone feels safe, seen, heard, supported, significant and cared for. This story is from Harriette Chang, School Counsellor at Maple Creek Middle School in Coquitlam (SD 43), who shares how Real Acts of Caring (RAC) began in SD 43, how it has evolved and how it has benefited their school community. Click here to read the exciting story of student empowerment and connectedness!
Healthy Schools Stories
Traditional First Nations Coastal Foods 
Exploring cultural foods and healthy eating

This month we are featuring a  Healthy Schools Network story from Queen Elizabeth Secondary School in Surrey. Their inquiry focused on increasing student engagement and understanding of First Nations traditional foods including the way food was gathered, particularly in their local area. Through hands-on experience and tasting of Aboriginal foods, students have developed a greater appreciation and understanding of traditional foods, as well as surviving and living off the land. Click here  to read their full story.
Healthy School Resources
Balancing Our Minds Youth Summit 
Registration now open! 
Balancing Our Minds is a free, one-day event for high school age youth in BC to learn about mental health, engage in fun activities, and participate in thoughtful dialogue. The purpose of the Balancing Our Minds Youth Summit is to increase understanding about mental health and substance use, build awareness of available mental health tools, resources and services, and decrease stigma around mental health challenges. The 2016 event will focus on connecting and creating youth-driven dialogue to promote mental wellness in schools and communities! The event is on February 11, 2016. Please register by January 29, 2016. For details and registration information, click here.
BC Schools Get a Healthy Boost 
Fresh to You Fundraiser 
Healthy eating in BC schools will get a jumpstart this year thanks to  BC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation's (BCAITC) Fresh to You Fundraiser. The objective of the Fresh to You Fundraiser program is to sell healthy bundles of locally grown produce to family and friends in order to assist with schools' fundraising initiatives. Schools can make a 40% profit by selling bundles of healthy BC grown vegetables such as, potatoes, peppers and butternut squash. Click here to learn more and how you can apply! 
Farm to School BC 
Upcoming grant opportunities 
From November 12-14, 2015, Farm to School BC had the great fortune of attending the first ever Canadian National School Food conference in Montreal. During the conference, it was announced that Farm to Cafeteria Canada and the Whole Kids Foundation will be launching a new funding opportunity for schools in Canada, supporting the development of Farm to School programs. Click here to read more.
Mini Food Grants Available 
Inspire healthy eating in school

Would you like to use food in your classroom to inspire your  students to be healthier eaters? Every year, BC Dairy Association awards teachers with mini food grants to purchase food for enhancing nutrition education efforts in the classroom. Click here to read more.
Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness (PEDAW) 
Love Our Bodies, Love Ourselves!

The Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness (PEDAW) Campaign is pleased to share a number of upcoming events aimed at promoting positive body image and raising awareness of eating disorders. Click here to read about the upcoming events.