Fostering Resiliency Through Addressing Substance Use Across The Curriculum

As an early career secondary school teacher in Castlegar, BC, Stephanie Mervyn was looking for a more promising approach to addressing…

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Updated Sip Smart! BC Program

Sip Smart! BC is an educational program that helps teach students about sugary drinks and making healthy drink choices.  First released…

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Matthew McNair Secondary School – Healthy School Story

The Healthy Schools Network (HSN) is highlighting previous year-end stories to ignite creativity and share ideas about curriculum-based approaches that are…

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Resources to Support Mental Well-Being

Are you looking for resources to support the mental well-being curricular competency in your classroom? Here are some great places to…

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After School for All! Guide For Leaders

The After School Sport and Arts Initiative (ASSAI) aims to support high-quality after school programs across British Columbia. With a focus…

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Meet Stephanie, DASH’s newest team member!

I have spent most in my life at school, either as a student or as a teacher. After I graduated from…

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Welcome to the NED show at Ranch Park Elementary! Never give up, Encourage others, and Do your best!

On Friday May 30th, 2014, Ranch Park Elementary School in Coquitlam hosted their annual Health Conference. This year, the theme of the conference was ‘Heart, Mind, Body, Soul’. The health conference is a school-wide event where students participate and engage in various workshops related to health and well-being.

The conference started off with a keynote presenter from the NED Show. NED is a loveable cartoon character whose name is an acronym for Never give up, Encourage others, and Do your best. Aside from being incredibly entertaining, the NED show was highly positive and motivating. The NED show inspires students to become champions at school and in life through character development. It was clear to see how much students and staff enjoyed the presentation!

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A Year in Review for DASH

We can achieve more together than we can on our own.

It has been another incredible year! We have made so much progress in the last 9 months and have continued to mature as a leader in promoting healthy schools. We want to thank everyone who played a role in contributing to our growth, as we cannot do this alone.

At DASH, we believe “it takes a village to raise a child”; and the village is only the beginning. As we continue to move forward to create healthier schools, we realize it is important to sustain this effort in a meaningful way by working together to achieve our vision of each student realizing their full potential.

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Unique Relationship Between DPA and Teacher Collaboration

One would think there was little to no relationship between daily physical activity and teacher collaboration time; however, you might want to think again. Several schools in the Coast Mountain School District have found a unique way to bring the two together. Last week, I met Principal Mark Newberry from John Field Elementary School in Hazelton, BC. He told me the story of how his whole student population starts each day, led by student leaders in the gym dancing and moving for 30 minutes of daily physical activity. While students get active, teachers take time to collaborate on their three school goals, literacy, culture and social responsibility.

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Shaping the Future: inspiring children and youth to be healthy learners

This week our colleagues in Alberta at Ever Active Schools held their 5th annual Shaping the Future Conference. Like our Healthy Schools Leadership Conference, now in its 8th year, (save the date it will be held Monday May 5th), the conference brings together a wise mix of people considering how best to inspire children and youth to be healthy learners.

The pre-conference session hosted by Alberta’s Healthy School Community Wellness Fund was organized by the stages of the healthy schools process. In the “create a shared vision” stage, Bill Gordon took the time to remind us why we specifically were participants at the conference.

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