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Ranch Park Health Conference

By Kari Lyster

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!

Following the NED Show, classrooms rotated between 5 health sessions throughout the remainder of the day. The sessions varied for primary and intermediate grades, and topics included curling, aboriginal education, social-emotional learning, dance, ‘stranger danger’, intercultural games, understanding food labels, and renewable energy. Sessions were presented by Ranch Park educators, Action Schools! BC, Curling BC, local RCMP, and DASH.

I was excited to lead the session about food labels. The goal of this session was for students to understand how to read food labels, including nutrition claims, nutrition facts table, ingredient list, and identifying the expiry date of a product. Students were keen to participate in this session and were surprised to learn about hidden ingredients in many of their favorite products. What was the major take away from the session? Always read the ingredient list!

It was an exciting and action-packed day at Ranch Park. I was so happy to be a part of the Health Conference again and look forward to the next one!

If you’re interested to learn more about the Ranch Park Elementary School Health Conference, contact us for more information.


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