We’re still busy updating Action Schools! BC. Check the Action Schools! BC website for the latest updates. In the meantime, are you wondering what the new program will look like? Here’s what you need to know.
Action Schools! BC supports students to be healthy. The program has been updated to reflect the changes to B.C.’s education system using a comprehensive school health approach that integrates mental well-being.
What does the program offer to schools?
Action Schools! BC is comprised of six key program components, as seen in the picture above.
The updated program offers the following free resources and supports to all interested schools:
- Trainers offering workshops on physical activity, healthy eating, or a combination of the two.
- An informative website with user-friendly online resources (e.g., updated physical activity and healthy eating resource guides and new instructional strategy examples).
Additional free resources and supports are offered to all schools that complete and submit an action plan:
- A regional development co-ordinator as a primary contact and support navigator for schools.
- Physical literacy mentors and healthy eating mentors who deliver hands-on sessions with teachers.
- Customized equipment for schools.
Why should schools become involved?
Active, healthy kids are better learners. Action Schools! BC provides schools and teachers with ongoing supports and resources for creating active and healthier learners, schools and communities. Action Schools! BC contributes to building health literacy as an outcome of comprehensive school health, where health literacy encompasses physical literacy and food literacy(1-3). Simply put, it is a fun and important way to help create healthy learners, schools and communities.
(1) Health literacy is the ability to access, understand, evaluate, and communicate information as a way to promote, maintain and improve health in a variety of settings across the life-course. (Rootman & Gordon-El-Bihbety, 2008, p. 11)
(2) Physical literacy is the motivation and ability to understand, communicate, apply, and analyze different forms of movement in a wide variety of physical activities in multiple environments that benefit the healthy development of the whole person. (PHE, 2016)
(3) Food literacy is the knowledge, attitudes and skills that people have relating to food. Food literate individuals have many competencies such as the knowledge of what constitutes healthy eating, an understanding of how food is connected to health and well-being, and having a positive relationship with food. (BC Ministry of Health, 2016)
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