Healthy Schools Alberta
March 2016
Social & Emotional Well-being Booster Kit

To celebrate the DPA (Daily Physical Activity) Initiative turning 10 years old in Alberta, Ever Active Schools is launching a Social & Emotional Well-being Booster Kit that connects to all dimensions of wellness - physical, mental, social, emotional and spiritual! 

"Social & emotional development is a child's ability to understand the feelings of others, control their own feelings and behaviours, and get along with peers. In order for children to attain the basic skills that they need such as cooperation, following directions, demonstrating self-control and paying attention they must have social & emotional skills." 
- Landy, S. (2002). Pathways to Competence: Encouraging Healthy Social and Emotional Development in Young Children
To support the cultivation of these skills with games and activities, the DPA equipment included in this kit promotes physical activity through an inclusive lens - supporting all students in becoming the best learners they can be. 

Click here to checkout the brochure with live links!
Check out the webpage for more information and a link to purchase.
Physical Literacy Summit 2016
We are excited to have three captivating keynote presentations including:
  • Dr. John Cairney - Thinking Movement: Using Physical Literacy to Improve Health AND Learning in Children and Youth
  • Dr. Ian Pike - Risky Play: Popping the Bubble Wrap for Child Health
  • Dr. Phil McRae - The Internet & Me: Neglect in an Age of (Hyper)Connectivity
  • Paul Carson - Your child is not Going to Play Professional Sports but They Will be Healthy
Registration is now closed for the 2016 Physical Literacy Summit
We encourage you to follow along on Twitter March 10th & 11th - Every time you use our Summit hashtag: #EASPLS2016, you will be entered in a draw to win prizes! Stay up to date with active breakout sessions including circus arts, activities on ice and much more! 
Keep up with @EverActiveAB, @ActiveForLife & @S4L_SVP

For further information, please contact:
Chris Fenlon-MacDonald, Ever Active Schools, Provincial Education Coordinator.
Phone: 403-210-6012 & Follow on twitter! @ChrisFenMac
Alberta Medical Association Youth Run Club

March 20th marks the first day of spring! Get your students up and active by starting a spring run club!

Get inspired by this new blog entry about one school's journey to be active while overcoming obstacles and sharing a great adventure.


Sign up and not only enjoy the benefits of fresh spring air and physical activity, but there is also free prizes for every participant and free Coaches t-shirts!

Read through our handbooks to help with all the steps involved in starting a run club. 

  • Need a coordinator to help explain the program in person? Visits are free across Alberta!
  • Already have a run club? We will support your existing run club with incentives, new activity ideas, and more.

Register today or refer a school and win prizes!

Nutrition Month!
March is Nutrition Month!
Are you ready to take a journey down a healthy path? The Dieticians of Canada are calling out Canadians to take A 100 Meal Challenge - making small changes, one meal at a time. 
The goal of the campaign is to provide information and guidance to make it a little easier for Canadians to improve diet quality and decrease quantity.
Download the toolkit, make a plan and take the pledge to move towards a healthier diet! 
HPEC Annual Conference 2016!
May 12 - 14, 2016
Grande Prairie, Alberta
The Annual Health and Physical Education Council Conference provides an opportunity for delegates to network with colleagues and increase their knowledge and skills to foster healthy active living for children and youth in the school community.

Check out the Program at a Glance, apply to be a presenter and register today!
Teachers' Conventions 2016
We finished up workshops last week at the Mighty Peace Teachers Convention (MPTCA) and we're looking forward to the Central East Alberta Teachers Convention (CEATCA) March 11th! 
Join us as we share professional learning on physical literacy and the Alberta Medical Association Youth Run Club! For more information click here, view and download handouts here, or contact
Chris Fenlon-MacDonald
for more information! 
Grant Opportunity!
The Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds program helps schools create outdoor classrooms to provide students with a healthy place to play, learn and develop a genuine respect for nature. Since the program began in 2000, it has provided funds to over 3,000 schools from coast to coast, providing countless opportunities for students to engage with nature on their school grounds.

Amount offered: Up to $3,500 for public schools and daycares located on school Board/District property.

Applications for the 2015-2016 funding due
Monday, March 28, 2016