The Feeding Relationship

June 20, 2017

Meals can provide a great time for families to eat and visit in a pleasant and relaxed setting.

Fitness Trackers…The Good & the Not So Good

May 18, 2017

Am I the only who has noticed the increased rise in popularity of fitness trackers? Probably not. These wearable devices lets users track their steps, activity, calories burned and even sleep patterns every day

Nutrition Activities in Any Classroom For Junior and Senior High

May 3, 2017

The Teacher’s Guide provides teachers with 10 ready-to-use interactive activity stations. The activities will engage students to learn about healthy eating through self-reflection and investigation. The activities can be self-directed or completed as a class. This resource is also available in French.

Teacher Self Care

April 25, 2017

Are you counting down the days until the end of the school year?

Why Wellness…Why My Classroom?

March 7, 2017

I recently had the opportunity to present to pre-service teachers about Comprehensive School Health and how they can embed wellness in the classroom.

Mindfulness in the Classroom

February 7, 2017

Schools all over the world have started to incorporate mindfulness techniques into the classroom as the benefits to students not only can keep students calm, but improve their academic performance.

Holiday Season Mental Wellness

December 21, 2016

The Christmas season is a very exciting time. Although most people embrace this season by taking part in the festivities, for some Christmastime can be a time of stress, anxiety or bring on feelings of sadness. It is important to recognize that not everyone embraces this holiday and that for some this time of year can be difficult.

Celebrations in the Classroom

November 22, 2016

I can remember when I was a student in elementary school and my teachers would throw us popcorn parties with cupcakes as a way to thank us for being on our best behaviour. Although I can’t deny that I enjoyed this as a kid, I can now appreciate other reward options as well.

Random Act of Kindness

November 8, 2016

November 4th was Random Act of Kindness (RAK) day which is an annual day celebrated by people across Alberta.

Connecting Physical Literacy and Nature

October 25, 2016

When we talk about physical literacy, we are not just talking about the physical act of learning how to move, we also need to consider what motivates us to move. How do we develop a love for movement that will keep us coming back for more?

Healthy Drinks for Healthy Kids

August 31, 2016

To make sure kids start off the school year right, parents and teachers can help kids choose healthy drinks by ensuring that healthy choices like water and milk are always available. Make use of a school milk program. Encourage personal water bottles at school. Have water available at sporting events as water is the best choice during and after regular activity.

What Does It Mean to Be Resilient?

August 23, 2016

Ever wonder how, when faced with change, challenge, and stress, some people are able to pull
themselves together and still manage to find success? And all the while, maintaining a positive outlook?

Link between Mental Health & Physical Activity

June 22, 2016

Is it exam time? Are your children/students anxious or stressed about upcoming exams or with the pressure of school? Research has shown a strong link between regular physical activity and improved mental health and academic performance.

Healthy Eating in the Summer Months

June 15, 2016

With summer vacation just around the corner, it’s a great time to start planning for healthy food choices during your summer activities.

Mental Wellness Tips

May 24, 2016

It’s hectic this time of year. There is so much going on, especially in the school. So between the spring activities and PATs (Provincial Achievement Tests), how do you manage your time and your stress? Sometimes adding something to your daily routine can just add more stress. So here are some tips that do not require a bunch of extra effort.

Technology & Physical Activity

May 17, 2016

Society has changed there is no doubt about that.  If we reflect on our own childhood play experiences most of us would likely say that we remember being outside, in an unstructured setting and had the freedom to experiment movement skills.  We felt challenged yet successful, building confidence and competence in varieties of skills and movements but most importantly we were having fun!  We were definitely heading on the progressing path of enhancing our physical literacy and enjoying every minute of our journey.

Myths Busted

May 2, 2016

A popular session at the recent Southeast Alberta Teacher’s Convention dispelled some common food myths.

Healthy Schools = Healthy Futures

April 13, 2016

HEALTHY SCHOOLS = HAPPY FUTURES – Regional School Health Champion Workshop
On May 13 network and get inspired with health champions and health professionals from around the region!

Risky Play

March 31, 2016

“The biggest risk is keeping your kids indoors,” said Dr. Mark Tremblay, the director of the Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group. Dr. Tremblay was one of the lead authors of a Participaction report card released that gives Canada poor grades when it comes to the physical activity of children and youth.

The Mind Body Connection

March 31, 2016

I recently attended a workshop by Dr. Stuart Shanker on self-regulation. First of all, it was amazing. So much information on how our bodies have an innate biological response to threatening events. Of course we call this the stress response. In this workshop Dr. Shanker was talking about the stress response and how it affects children’s ability to learn.

Physical Activity Then and Now:

March 2, 2016

If you think back to your physical activity as a child what do you remember? Who was there? Where were you? What were you doing? Chances are you were outside with peers playing in an unstructured setting whether it was climbing trees or playground equipment or playing games you made up only minutes before that. As they say PLAY is the business of kids, it is how they learn social skills, problem solving, risk assessment and so many life skills that are often planned for them in a structured setting without given them the chance to experiment and learn naturally these skills that are so important to their well-being and confidence.

March is Nutrition Month

February 9, 2016

The 2016 Alberta Health Services (AHS) Nutrition Month theme is Make a Change: One Meal at a Time. In the school setting, there are many opportunities to incorporate Nutrition Month key messages. Take a look at these nutrition resources for some great ideas.

Anxiety and Children

February 9, 2016

Everyone is anxious sometime in their life.  Feeling anxious is part of our body’s natural defense mechanism to help guard against danger.  However, sometimes, anxiety interferes with our lives and we have difficulty controlling it.  Children are no exception to anxiety and worry.  Children today are faced with so many stressors and expectations.

Embedding Wellness in the Classroom

December 31, 2015

The demands of being an educator are not an easy thing to manage. Between lesson planning, teaching, supervising extra-curricular activities, and marking, it makes it really hard for any “extras”. You understand the importance of engaging your students in wellness initiatives, whether it is a healthy bake sale, forming a student wellness team or ensuring your students get 60 minutes of daily physical activity. Despite all that, sometimes there is just not enough time or support available to plan for these activities, and perhaps you have no clue where to start.

Breakfast at School

December 31, 2015

”Breaking the fast” after 10 to 12 hours since the supper meal or evening snack is critical for school-aged children and youth to start each day. As well as improved health and well-being, students who eat breakfast show an increased readiness to learn, improved memory and an increased ability to stay focused on classroom activities.

Staying Motivated in 2016

December 3, 2015

We all know physical activity is important and it helps us achieve many health benefits such as strengthen our muscles and bones, improve mental health and mood, reduce risk of some cancers, type II diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, as well improve our ability to perform daily tasks.

How to Find “Healthy” Foods for Your School

November 26, 2015

As a dietitian, I am aware of how much effort it takes to filter through all the marketing on food packaging to find the “healthy” food choices. School staff and parents who are sourcing foods for their schools’ canteens and lunch programs have a big job.

Educators and Mental Health

November 4, 2015

Mental health continues to be one of those things that continue to come up in schools and communities as an increased need to address. Knowing how to respond and what to say is never an easy task. For school communities, the issue that usually comes up is training.

Healthy Students Are Better Learners

October 15, 2015

Our annual Healthy Active School Symposium (HASS), held on Thursday, October 8th, has come to an end. What is HASS you ask?
The Healthy Active School Symposia (HASS) are events designed to provide Alberta school communities with the knowledge, skills and resources to enhance student wellness.

Cook With a Child to Raise a Healthy Eater

October 6, 2015

Want your family or students to enjoy interesting, healthy meals and snacks? Have meal times and snacks become the same few recipes over and over, or a variety of frozen dinners and fast foods? Often cooking falls to one parent or teacher in a home or school setting. Being the only person responsible for planning or preparing meals or snacks can be a lot of work and may lead to serving the same foods over and over, selling for easy, but less healthy choices or not bothering to plan or cook at all.

New School Year

September 8, 2015

Move over, summer – a new school year is here. With the start of a fresh school year, many families face new organization challenges. It’s back to routine which means earlier bedtimes, early morning alarm clocks, packing lunches, and rushing off to after school activities. Before you know it, your child will be coming home with teacher newsletters, birthday party requests, parent council meetings and don’t forget the dreaded fundraisers.

Make Physical Activity a Positive Experience

September 8, 2015

As a teacher, recreation programmer, coach, parent etc you have a huge impact on youth’s physical activity experience.  If you think back to your own physical activity experiences can you think of your most positive and most negative experience?

Recess Before Lunch

August 25, 2015

I am not sure if other parents have the same experience, but sometimes my children come home hungry at the end of the school day with most of their lunch still in their lunch bag. When asked why they didn’t eat; they often say, “I didn’t have time”. If this is something you have heard from students or parents, consider trying “recess before lunch” or a “reverse lunch” program for younger grades. This allows children to play and be active first and then come back in to eat lunch.

Gratitude + Compassion = Happiness

June 23, 2015

How easy is to be grateful? Easy. How easy is it to practice it every day? Hard. I will be the first to admit that practicing gratitude does not come naturally to me. Yes, I remember to say please and thank you, and typically I remember to be gracious about giving and receiving compliments, but to tell you the truth, being aware of the things I am grateful for everyday takes some effort. Recently I participated in a 30 days of gratefulness challenge.

Developing Fundamental Movement Skills

June 16, 2015

Whether you are a teacher, coach, recreation leader or parent we all play a HUGE role in the development of our children/youth’s physical literacy.  Some of us may have areas of movement we excel at and others we may not and that is okay.  We do not need to be experts in every aspect of movement to give our youth an opportunity to learn fundamental movement skills (FMS).  Together we can collectively work towards ensuring each and every child/youth have the opportunity to learn to move their bodies with confidence and competence in a wide variety of environments.

Healthy Snacks for Year-End Celebrations

May 26, 2015

As we head into June, we can look forward to outdoor field trips and summer activities. If snacks are planned as part of year-end activities or celebrations, try to offer healthy options that meet the Alberta Nutrition Guidelines for Children and Youth. This will complement the work done all year around healthy eating and Canada’s Food Guide.

May is Mental Health Month

May 19, 2015

Ever wonder how, when faced with change, challenge and stress, some people are able to pull themselves together and still manage to find success? And all the while, maintaining a positive outlook?

The Positive Effects of Physical Activity on Grades

April 28, 2015

Remember when you were 12 years old and you enjoyed being physically active? Meantime, your parents and teachers wanted to make sure that you had every opportunity for a quality education.

New Sports Nutrition Handbook for Active Youth

April 21, 2015

Eating well is vital for young athletes across all levels of training and competition. When athletes want to improve their physical skills, whether it is strength, speed, endurance, or power – they need to train well and eat healthy. Athletes who invest time to plan for healthy eating and hydration perform better during competition, refuel their bodies properly, and tend to have less illness and injury.

Physical Literacy?

March 17, 2015

Have you ever heard of “Physical Literacy”? Physical literacy, just like literacy (reading and writing), numerical literacy (1, 2, 3…), and musical literacy (doe, ray, me…), is the building block for movement (run, jump, throw…). It is the confidence and competence an individual has in their ability to move their bodies in a variety of environments (air, land, water, ice and snow).

We are a Bucket Filling Classroom

March 3, 2015

Moving & Choosing has an abundance of resources available to help incorporate health into the classroom. Healthy students need to be physically active, eat nutritious food, and maintain a positive mental health. We are excited to announce that a new kit is available through Moving & Choosing, How to Fill Your Bucket.

March is Nutrition Month

February 24, 2015

I love Nutrition Month! Every year in March dietitians have an opportunity to promote and celebrate healthy eating. This year’s theme across Alberta Health Services is “Shift to Healthy Eating at Work”.

Embracing Winter – Being Active Outside

December 18, 2014

There are so many fun activities to do outside in the winter. It is so important to embrace our brisk Canadian temperatures (yes…even when it’s -30) to enjoy the many activities that winter has to offer. Did you know that many people in other parts of the world have never built a snowman or even seen snow!?

We are on Social Media!

December 18, 2014

What’s all this social media hype? Moving and Choosing needed a new challenge and with our coalition being as strong as it is, we figured why not. I think it’s been a long time coming, Moving and Choosing joining the social media realm, it’s just a little scary.