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September 14, 2017


Get Your School Ready to Walk and Be Active

Register for the 10th annual Walk and Wheel to School Week

DASH BC is excited to present the 10th annual Walk and Wheel to School Week held from October 2-6, 2017, as part of the International Walk to School Month (iWalk). This week-long provincial event held every year in October encourages students, parents, staff, and community members to celebrate the many benefits of walking and wheeling to school.

Organize an event at your school, and you will be:

  • Celebrating active transportation and encouraging daily physical activity
  • Promoting opportunities to practice safe walking and biking skills and identifying safe routes to school
  • Enhancing the connection between students, parents, schools, and communities in a fun and interactive way
  • Reducing school traffic congestion and vehicle emissions

When you register your school, you will receive:

  • Resources and supports you know and love, such as posters and stickers
  • Classroom supports to help with planning and activities
  • Support in making community partnerships
  • Support for starting year-round walk to school events

Register online here by September 15, 2017 and receive the free Walk and Wheel package to help you organize the best event of the year!

Whether this is your first time signing up, or you want to make this year’s event bigger and better, DASH BC is here to help! Please contact us at info@dashbc.ca for questions or more information.

To give your school an extra boost, you can also choose to register your school in the Be Active Every Day initiative by Doctors of BC held from October 2-27, 2017. Be Active Every Day is an annual initiative that helps kids be more active and make healthy choices. In partnership with their local elementary school, doctors across BC coordinate a challenge to kids: be active for 60 minutes every day in October. Click here to learn more.

Creating a partnership with a local doctor is an excellent way to adopt a Comprehensive School Health approach to healthy schools in your own school community through creating community partnerships. To participate in this challenge please contact Patrick Higgins at 604-638-8744 or at phiggins@doctorsofbc.ca.

September 14, 2017

Looking for a fun back-to-school classroom activity?

Access BC Dairy Association’s nutrition resources today!

We know the first week back-to-school can be hectic. For K-1 teachers, the Mystery Food Activity can cover many subject areas with one simple activity. For teachers of Gr. 2 and up, get your students moving while exploring food groups with the Go Four It! Lesson plan. It’s also a great time to look at available nutrition workshops as you develop your professional education planning for the year.  For more information about BC Dairy Association’s nutrition resources, workshops, lesson plans and more check out nutritioneducationbc.ca.

September 14, 2017

Healthy Schools Network News

HSN School Grants available October 9, 2017

We are looking forward to the upcoming school year; it’s full of exciting possibilities to engage students in creating healthier school communities! We are pleased to announce that HSN School grants that support healthy living are returning for the 2017-18 school year. The grants this year have a new overarching theme: Well-Being in a Real-World Context. We know that BC schools understand the central role mental well-being plays in fostering optimal environments for learning and in engaging students as they develop their skills and explore their passions. Mental well-being is a key foundation for student health, well-being and success.

The Healthy Schools Network School Grant is a $750 grant opportunity that supports public, First Nations and independent schools to use inquiry-based, whole school approaches to address mental well-being priorities. It provides financial support for schools as they transform the way they address mental well-being across various aspects of the school environment.

Successful school-level applications will have an inquiry focus on the promotion of mental well-being as it relates to students’ learning, health and development, and will connect their work to  two overarching questions:

  1. How is it feasible to promote mental well-being through all environments that promote student learning, health, and success?
  2. How does mental well-being impact the ‘whole child’?


Preference will be given to applications that address the whole school environment with actions across interrelated learning areas or link to community initiatives. Consideration will be given to equitable regional distribution of approved applications across the province.  Due to a finite amount of funding available for school grants, applications will only be accepted from October 9-November 10, 2017 through apply.dashbc.ca (please note that you will need to set up a free account to submit an application).

The HSN School Grants assist school communities to ensure that all students are healthy, engaged and connected in a safe, supportive, caring and strong learning environment and to realize and practise the concept that healthy students are better learners. The grants aim to provide funding as a catalyst to support mental well-being initiatives that are relevant and meaningful to each applicant’s unique school context.

If you have applied for an HSN Grant in the past, we encourage you to apply again this year! Just remember that in order to apply for a grant, you must post your previous grant’s year-end story on the Healthy Schools BC Stories Map. If you need any support in sharing your story, please contact us at sali@dashbc.ca

If you have any questions about the HSN or the HSN School Grants, please contact Sonia at 604-681-0600, ext. 250 or at sali@dashbc.ca

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Health.
September 14, 2017

Enhance Your Healthy School Community

Register now for full access to the Action Schools! BC Website

Access practical, interactive professional development workshops and free resources related to Healthy Eating and Physical Activity. Find out how the enhanced Action Schools! BC program can support your school. 

The Action Schools! BC workshops have been updated to reflect the new BC curriculum and focus on physical activity and healthy eating with connections to mental wellbeing. Facilitated by skilled trainers, workshops provide educators and school staff with a practical, interactive professional development opportunity where they can learn about and try Action Schools! BC resources. Instructional examples are used to prepare educators to confidently integrate physical activity and healthy eating into their teaching practice, classrooms and schools. At 2-3 hours in length, our workshops are perfect for your Professional Development Day programming. We currently offer three workshops:

1) Healthy Eating Workshop

2) Physical Activity Workshop

3) Healthy Eating & Physical Activity Combination Workshop

Schools have already begun to register for workshops for the upcoming school year. Workshops are free and available to all BC K-7 schools. Send us an email at info@actionschoolsbc.ca for more information or click here to schedule a workshop.

Help Students Learn to Stay Healthy

Action Schools! BC will continue to serve the needs of individual classroom teachers with free web-based resources.  The resources provide support for schools who wish to engage more deeply in physical activity and healthy eating actions across all aspects of their school’s learning environments.

Register here for full access to over 100 Healthy Eating and Physical Activity resources. All resources are free and available for download.

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