Last updated: Nov. 16, 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!

Announcements:

  • Help families keep active outdoors, whatever the weather!
  • Beyond Orange Shirt Day

  New resources:

  • 2SLGBTQ+ inclusion in school-based physical activity programs: A guidebook

  • Resources to support positive immunization experiences
  • Healthy School Standards

   Mark your calendar:

  • November 14 - 20: Annual Métis week celebrations
  • November 15 - 19: Bullying awareness week
  • November 20: National Child Day

Announcements

Help families keep active outdoors, whatever the weather!

As fall turns to winter, cold weather is a reality in Alberta. Braving the elements is part of growing up on the prairies, and it’s good for our physical and mental health. Getting active in the great outdoors helps us move more, sit less, and feel good.

Help your students and their families stay active outdoors this winter with tips from Alberta Health Services. Share these articles in your school communications:

 

Beyond Orange Shirt Day

This fall, Orange Shirt Day and the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation sparked important conversations in classrooms and communities across the country.

AHS offers tips to help families keep these conversations going. Please share them widely with parents and caregivers in your school community.

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New resources

2SLGBTQ+ inclusion in school-based physical activity programs: A guidebook

A new quick reference guide from PHE Canada offers advice to boost participation, engagement, and motivation of 2SLGBTQ+ students in school-based physical activity. Use it to explore ethical standards and reflect on the range of barriers that can deter 2SLGBTQ+ students from getting active at school. Get practical tips to help transform your teaching practice, school culture, and policy for 2SLGBTQ+ inclusion.

Resources to support positive immunization experiences

If your students have fears about needles, they are not alone. Over 60 per cent of children worry about needles.

As COVID-19 immunizations roll out in schools across the province, and as your school immunization program kicks into gear, we invite teachers and school staff to check out new resources from ahs.ca/vaccinecomfort, including:

For these and other resources to support positive immunization experiences, visit ahs.ca/vaccinecomfort. Please share them widely in your school community.

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.

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Mark your calendar

November 14 - 20: Annual Métis Week celebrations

Métis Week celebrates the culture, history, and contributions of Metis people to Alberta and Canada. Everyone is welcome to join in virtual activities throughout the week.

To learn more about virtual events in your community, visit Métis Nation of Alberta: Métis Week 2021.

November 15 - 19: Bullying awareness week

Bullying awareness week promotes awareness and understanding of bullying and its impacts.

November 20: National Child Day

National Child Day celebrates the rights of young people in Canada. It’s about recognizing children and teens as active citizens, decision-makers, and contributors.

National Child Day resources can help school communities support meaningful conversations about children’s rights. You might like:

Young people have a lot to say about the issues that matter to them. Use National Child Day to help draw attention to student voice and decision-making in school health! Our tips to amplify youth voice can help.

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