Blog Monthly Archives:: April 2013

Spring is here and so is DASH’s new website! Check out our fresh new look.

2013 brings growth for DASH and the work around healthy schools in the province.

After 6 months of hard work, we are excited to announce the launch of DASH’s new website!  We hope that this new site will enable our visitors to navigate with ease, to be engaged, and to learn more about the work DASH is doing through our photos, videos and healthy school stories.  With all the work happening around healthy schools both provincially and nationally, DASH strives to stay on the forefront of the healthy schools movement.

You will find several new features on our new website:

  1. This Blog! There is so much work happening all the time at DASH, and there is constantly emerging evidence and reports that argue that using a comprehensive school health framework is the most effective way to create healthier schools and healthier students. As a leader in healthy schools, DASH wanted to incorporate a blog to share our own stories, stories from teachers and to keep our readers informed on the latest healthy school developments. We also hope to engage our visitors in discussion through this blog! We hope to hear from you.
  2. The Library:  a place where you can read healthy school stories and evidence that supports a comprehensive school health approach. Click here to view The Library.
  3. Interactive Timeline: an interactive page that showcases the History and Story of DASH. Click here to view the Interactive Timeline.
  4. DASH In Action: a place where you can watch videos, and flip through photo albums that showcase the work that DASH has been involved in. Click here to view DASH In Action.

We look forward to sharing healthy school news and stories on this blog.

Why healthy schools? What does it mean to be a healthy school?

All students deserve to have the opportunity to be physically, mentally, and socially healthy and to learn in an environment that enables them to reach their full potential. The school setting is the ideal place to start and to make that connection. Healthy students are better learners.

Two weeks ago, People for Education, an independent organization working to support public education in Ontario’s schools, released a report that discussed the importance of healthy schools and the province’s plan for building healthy schools. In the days that followed the release of this report, the topic of healthy schools was featured on several newsfeeds.

What is a healthy school though? When most people hear the term “healthy school”, the first things that usually come to mind are healthy eating and physical activity programs. That’s fair, as in the past there has been a big push on getting healthier foods into school cafeterias and vending machines, and ensuring that all students participate in a certain amount of physical activity each day. That’s usually the healthy school news that we hear.

But there is so much more happening! Just as BC’s Minister of Education said in his message addressing the province’s Education Plan, “It’s an exciting time for change, and that change is putting students at the center of their own education. We need to create new learning environments for students to allow them to discover, embrace and to fulfill their passions. Before us, lies a tremendous opportunity. By working together, we can take what is a good education system and make it great!”

Things are changing, and it is becoming apparent that a healthy school is no longer only about healthy eating and physical activity; creating a healthy school is about working together, going beyond the classroom and school walls, and involving the broader school community. A healthy school is organized so that students are supported to be physically, mentally and socially healthy to enable them to acquire the skills and knowledge needed to achieve life-long success.

There is a new movement occurring, the healthy schools movement, and DASH and our partners (including the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education, and other key stakeholders in the school community) are leading the way in BC. The healthy schools movement supports the BC Education Plan.

Please follow our new blog for discussion on the importance of healthy schools, and to learn practical ways that you can make a difference – today, tomorrow, and in the futures of students in BC – by starting small and becoming a part of the movement.