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The Healthy Active School Symposia (HASS) is back making it's tour around the province in the 2013-2014 school year. Details are just being finalized, visit the website for the most up to date information.
May Newsletter
Can't Touch This
Physical Activity Idea - Can't Touch This
Physical Activity Idea - Can't Touch This
In this small-sided invasion game, participants have opportunities to practice offense and defense that can be applied to numerous sports. This activity was taken from the Recipe Card Lesson Plans.

The Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) approach was developed by researchers at Loughborough University in the United Kingdom to tap into children's inherent desire to play. Using ideas embedded within movement education, Bunker and Thorpe (1982) developed the idea of TGfU around teaching kids games by playing games. Rather than teach specific sport units (e.g., volleyball unit, soccer unit), participants gain the skills and knowledge of a variety of games associated with four game categories: (a) target (e.g., curling, bowling), (b) striking/ fielding (e.g., cricket, baseball), (c) net/wall (e.g., volleyball, tennis), and (d) invasion (e.g., handball, basketball). - adapted from PlaySport.net
Physical Literacy Summer Institute
Ever Active Schools is offering a unique Professional Development opportunity!  This two-day Summer Institute will provide support to those teaching elementary physical education in developing physically literate students.

Ever Active Schools and its partners are bringing these fun and fantastic days as the result of a grant from the Alberta Sport Recreation Parks and Wildlife Foundation's Canadian Sport for Life Bi-Lateral Fund.  


Registration cost is $200 per person, which includes:

  • Two unique, practical and interactive days in Edmonton with Ever Active Schools' facilitators and guest presenters
  • Handouts and supplemental materials
  • Healthy snacks, lunch and refreshments each day

For more information, visit the website or contact Tracy.

Registration will open May 22, 2013. Space is limited to 30 registrants!

Job Opportunities
Ever Active Schools (EAS) provides provincial leadership that supports healthy active school communities. EAS reaches hundreds of schools around the province to support an active healthy school environment and build capacity within the school community aimed at improving the health and learning outcomes for Alberta children and youth. Become part of the team!
Comprehensive School Health Education Coordinator
Communications Coordinator

Grant Call
AHSCWF The Alberta Healthy School Community Wellness Fund, managed by the University of Alberta Centre for Health Promotion Studies in the School of Public Health, is pleased to provide you with information about a new grant funding opportunity (contingent upon approved funding) for projects that support healthy school communities. Funding for Healthy School Initiatives is provided by both Alberta Health and Alberta Education. Applications due June 3.
Available Grants:

School District Readiness Grant

School District Wellness Implementation Grant

Healthy Relationships Grant (Grades 7-12)

High School Wellness Grants

Student Leadership Wellness Grants


Find out more.

Assessing your Healthy School Community
Ever Active Schools supports having schools complete an assessment of their school community.  In previous years, Ever Active Schools has asked schools to complete the HATS tool, however, commencing  in the 2013/2014 school year EAS is asking that schools transition to the JCSH Healthy School Planner.  In preparation for the transition to the Healthy School Planner, Ever Active Schools encourages you to complete either the Foundational Module of the Healthy School Planner or use the HATS tool prior to the start of the 2013/2014 school year.   

International Wellness Symposium
Oct. 1 & 2, 2013 | Lake Louise, Alberta
Alberta's leading wellness conference features presentations by top experts and practitioners from the field of wellness, and is your opportunity to build relationships with decision-makers and leaders from government, non-profit, the public sector, business and academia.

Why Our Children Need Nature
By: Dr. Vicki Harber
Do you want your child to be physically literate? Dr. Vicki Harber urges us to hear the call of the wild.


A professor of physical education and recreation at the University of Alberta, Dr. Harber is a leading Canadian researcher in the area of physical literacy. She says the outdoors plays a critical role in developing physical literacy in our children.


This article was originally published at ActiveforLife the place where parents go for their kids' health and success. They believe that teaching kids to run, jump, and throw is as important as reading, writing, and arithmetic. Make a difference in the happiness and confidence of your children by ensuring they are physically literate. Find activities, expert advice, and inspirational tips at ActiveforLife.
Thank you for your continued dedication to the health and wellness of our children and youth.


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