Last updated: Feb. 20, 2024

Looking to infuse wellness into your classroom, school, or school authority all year long? Watch this page for new resources, announcements, and tips for health-related theme days. We've got you covered!

Announcements:

  • Join us at Teachers' Conventions  
  • Key informant survey on mental health literacy resources for children and youth
  • Just launched: 9-8-8 suicide crisis helpline

New resources:

  • All about food allergy student program  
  • AHS Nutrition Services updates resources to support healthier eating environments at school
  • Going home reflections toolkit – now available in French!

  • Introducing The Physical and Health Education (PHE) Canada Podcast

  • Teachers’ Vaping Toolkits

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Announcements

 

Join us at Teachers’ Conventions

Alberta Health Services' dynamic team of school health professionals look forward to connecting with you at Teachers' Conventions across the province. 

Our Healthy Schools team is offering Nurture Relationships and Transform Your Classroom Community: Are your students dysregulated or anxious? What about you? If you’re overwhelmed by how to support your classroom community, this session is for you! Learn the evidence behind why relationships are foundational to wellness, student learning, and cultivating a positive classroom environment. Through facilitated discussion and sharing, we will explore strategies that help nurture relationships, support regulation, and build resiliency for you and your students. Let's get inspired to make a change!

Check session dates and times

 

Key informant survey on mental health literacy resources for children and youth

In collaboration with mentalhealthliteracy.org, the University of Alberta is building a national repository of evidence-based resources that promote child and youth mental health literacy. This project is funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada. The repository will become publicly available in spring 2024.

If your school or school authority is involved in programs or initiatives, the research team wants to hear from you! Please visit key informant survey on mental health literacy resources for children and youth in Canada to learn more and share your experiences.

  

Just launched: 9-8-8 suicide crisis helpline

9-8-8 is a new three-digit helpline that provides urgent, live support by phone and text to people in every province and territory across the country.

9-8-8 is for anyone thinking about suicide, or worried about someone they know. Trained 9-8-8 responders will answer calls and texts and listen without judgement while providing support.

9-8-8 is available in English and French, 24 hours a day, every single day of the year across the country.

For more information, go to 988.ca.

 

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New resources

 

All about food allergy student program 

Did you know that there are approximately 3 students in every classroom with food allergy in Canada? Food Allergy Canada’s All about food allergy student program promotes inclusion and improves knowledge and skills students grades 4-6 need to support the health and well-being of self and others.

  

AHS Nutrition Services updates resources to support healthier eating environments at school

The AHS Nutrition Services team has updated the following resources to help support healthier eating environments at school:

  • Healthier Vending Toolkit. Offers guidance on stocking vending machines with healthier options. Toolkit offers a variety of templates for schools to use.
  • How to Market Healthy Food & Drinks. Includes 11 posters that cover the 4 principles of marketing to make the healthy option the easy option: Product, Pricing, Promotion, and Placement.  

 

Going home reflections toolkit – now available in French!

The Going Home Reflections Toolkit is a new wellness resource developed by staff from Alberta Health Services and Jack James High School in Calgary. It offers tips and tools to help school staff reflect at the end of each workday, encouraging them to let go of stressors as they head home.

  • To view the toolkit and English and French, go to ca/ghrtoolkit
  • To learn more about this project, go to: ca/ghr

 

Introducing The Physical and Health Education (PHE) Canada Podcast

In the first episode of The PHE Canada Podcast, the topic is about all things outdoor play. Future episode topics will include Indigenous Education, all-gender physical education, tobacco and vaping, and more. 

Listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcast.

To learn more go to: The PHE Canada Podcast Is Launched! | PHE Canada

 

Teachers’ Vaping Toolkits

  • Alberta Health Services has developed three toolkits to help teachers talk to students about vaping, addiction prevention, and mental health. Toolkits include Grades K-6, Grades 7-9, and Grades 10-12.

    To view the toolkits, go to Teachers' Vaping Toolkit | Alberta Health Services.

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Mark your calendar 

Taking part in health-related days, weeks, or month-long events is a great way to bring your school community together. These events can raise awareness of health topics and kick-start important conversations around wellness at school.

Be sure to connect health-related events back to the priorities, goals, and action plans in place in your school or school authority. Use the comprehensive school health framework to guide activities that are coordinated, meaningful, and likely to last.

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