DASH BC is involved in many programs and initiatives:
The Healthy Schools Network
The Healthy Schools Network (HSN), a group of schools dedicated to promoting the importance of health in their school communities and sharing their learning, efforts and experience with others.
DASH supports the Healthy Schools Network by:
- Coordinating the leaders within the network. These leaders coach and mentor HSN members to promote a Comprehensive School Health approach in their regions.
- Providing financial support for participating member schools
- Providing learning opportunities to the HSN leaders in emerging healthy schools issues and knowledge in Comprehensive School Health.
Action Schools! BC
DASH and Action Schools! BC are working together to promote healthy living and learning. Action Schools! BC is a best practices model designed to assist schools in creating individualized action plans to promote healthy living while achieving academic outcomes. It was created in partnership with 2010 Legacies Now, the University of British Columbia and the Province of BC as a legacy of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. To learn more about AS!BC, please visit their website: http://www.actionschoolsbc.ca
Student engagement is a key component of work under Healthy Schools BC (HSBC). DASH BC is excited to introduce the Healthy Living Youth Council (HLYC), a “for youth, by youth” initiative that uses a model of engaging students in healthy living; this youth-led process empowers students to develop their voices around CSH initiatives. The HLYC is a group of highly motivated, optimistic, and inspiring middle and secondary schools students from across British Columbia. To learn more about the Healthy Living Youth Council, click here.
Healthy Schools BC
Healthy Schools BC (HSBC), a key initiative of the Healthy Families BC prevention strategy, strengthens health-education partnerships and supports effective implementation of healthy schools initiatives using a comprehensive school health approach (CSH). CSH is an evidence-based, “whole school” approach that supports students’ health and academic achievement through four interrelated pillars: social and physical environment, teaching and learning, healthy school policy and partnerships and service.
HSBC supports implementation of a CSH approach through:
- CSH knowledge exchange and skill development
- Coordination and consolidation of existing school-based healthy living programs and resources
- New healthy school planning and assessment tools
- Youth engagement activities
HSBC involves a partnership between the ministries of health and education, DASH, health authorities, education partners and other key stakeholders.
DASH is responsible for the provincial coordination of Healthy Schools BC, including supporting the consolidation and coordination of healthy school programs and resources, creating and disseminating provincial tools and support, planning and implementing a youth engagement strategy, and providing support for consultation between health authorities and education sector partners.
To learn more about this initiative and what yuo can do to create a healthier school community, visit www.healthyschoolsbc.ca
10th Annual Walk and Wheel to School Week
DASH BC is excited to present our 10th annual Walk and Wheel to School event as part of International Walk to School Month (iWalk) from October 2nd – 6th, 2017. A week-long provincial event held every year in October, Walk and Wheel to School encourages students, parents, staff, and community members to celebrate the many benefits of walking to school, such as:
- 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
To assist your school with ideas for fundraising without junk food, we have released an excellent document entitled Healthy Fundraising for Schools that contains some great ideas for fundraising, including examples from various BC schools.
DASH creates meeting opportunities for those who care about building healthy school communities, to connect and learn with and from each other through symposiums, conferences and online learning. Every year in May, DASH organizes and hosts the Healthy Schools Symposium a conference that brings together leaders in the health and education sectors, as well as those involved in the school community to share and learn about Healthy Schools initiatives. The conference in 2013 will mark the 7th anniversary of this annual event.
After School Sport and Arts Initiative
Until the Fall of 2017, DASH BC delivered the After School Sport and Arts Initiative (ASSAI), which supports programming for students in selected communities who face barriers to participating in after school sport and arts activities. The Initiative set out to learn how students benefit from after school sport and arts and what is needed to create engaging, high quality programs. ASSAI programs aim to help students develop skills that will contribute to a healthy, expressive life through creative thinking and physical activity. At the same time, students develop confidence in their abilities and a stronger connection to their schools, classmates, program leaders and community.
Until the Fall of 2017, DASH’s work on the ASSAI included providing resources and support to program coordinators and gathering communities’ feedback on the Initiative.