Last updated: September 17, 2021

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.

Connect with the health promotion facilitator assigned to your school authority to find out what's happening in your local area.

Announcements:

  • Walk and roll this September!
  • Help families stay well with monthly newsletters from AHS
  • Youth leadership opportunity: AHS Nutrition Youth Advisory Panel
  • Shaping the Future 2022: Call for presenters

  New resources:

  • Healthy School Standards
  • 50+ wellness resources for students from Kids Help Phone
  • Gender equity resources for physical education

   Mark your calendar:

  • September 30: Orange Shirt Day and the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
  • October 3-9: International walk to school day and week

 

Announcements

 

Walk and roll this September!

Busy roads, pathways, and sidewalks are a sure sign that back-to-school season is here! Whether your students bus, walk, wheel, or catch a ride to school, there’s a lot you can do to help them stay safe. Get started with these tips:

 

Help families stay well with monthly newsletters from AHS

Monthly newsletters from AHS are here to help parents and caregivers looking for information about raising healthy kids and teens.

We welcome and encourage school staff to share them in weekly updates, blog posts, and other communications with families.

Check out resources for families for new editions each month. New for September: Helping kids and teens with back-to-school changes.

 

Youth leadership opportunity: AHS Nutrition Youth Advisory Panel

Young people have a lot to say about the issues that matter to them. If you have students who are passionate about eating well, encourage them to check out the AHS Nutrition Youth Advisory Panel. It’s a forum for 15-19 year olds in Alberta to share their views and ideas on healthy eating, and work with AHS dietitians to co-design key messages and tools. Deadline to apply is September 30.

 

Shaping the Future 2022: Call for presenters

Organizers of Alberta’s annual conference on school health are on the lookout for speakers! If you’re a researcher, facilitator or other school health champion, this is a great way to share your skills, stories, and passion. Get the details you need and be sure to apply by September 30.

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New resources

Healthy School Standards

The Canadian Alliance for Healthy Schools has released new standards to build on the CSH framework and elevate conversations about wellbeing in schools. Explore them with handy tools like an infographic or 60-second video.

 

50+ wellness resources for students from Kids Help Phone

Kids Help Phone is hearing that youth have a lot of emotions about going back to school. They’ve put together a digital collection of wellness tips and tools students to read or try. Share them with students and their families to help support a healthy return to learning — they're available in French too.

 

Gender equity resources for physical education

Physical and health education benefits all students, yet research shows that participation rates for female students decline dramatically as they get older—starting as early as grade 4.

Learn best practices and helpful hints to welcome and engage girls in physical education with a new guidebook and poster from our partners at PHE Canada, available in both English and French.

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Mark your calendar

Orange Shirt Day and the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (September 30)

On September 30, students in Alberta and across Canada wear orange as a symbol of honour and respect for children who survived residential school, and mourn the lives that were lost. This year, September 30 also marks Canada's first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

 

iwalk: International walk to school day (October 6) and week (October 9)

iwalk is an international celebration of walking and wheeling to school. Held during the first full week of October, it’s a great way to keep students moving as fall settles in. Register your school today at shapeab.com/iwalk - our partners at Ever Active Schools will send you ideas and inspiration to help make the week a success.

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