Active Today, Active For Life

November 27, 2018

Ashley Fox, BKin, CSEP-CEP & Integrative Health Coach

University of Calgary, Be Fit For Life Centre

When it comes to leading a physically active lifestyle, the benefits are endless and the messages often seem simple, find something you like to do and you will be more likely to do it.

Sugar Shocker!!!

November 6, 2018

Sugar makes foods and drinks taste good which adds flavor and enjoyment to eating.

Keeping Girls in Sport

October 10, 2018

Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities in partnership with the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport (CAAWS) and the Coaching Association of Canada have developed an online learning resource called Keeping Girls in Sport.  It is designed for organizations, coaches and youth activity leaders who help mentor and coach young girls.

Are you ready for HASS?

September 25, 2018

This year’s Healthy Active School Symposia (HASS) will be held Thursday, October 18, 2018 at the Esplanade in Medicine Hat.

Change Recess by Encouraging Students to Take on Leadership Roles

June 5, 2018

Recess is a very important time for students to reap the benefits of physical activity and to build strong social skills through play experiences.  However, many students are not getting an adequate amount of physical activity during this time.  What’s more, recess can also be a time where instances of negative behavior and bullying can rise.

Will Your School Garden Grow?

May 22, 2018

School gardens can open a world of learning experiences, all connected to curriculum learning outcomes, and focusing on a range of topics such as ecosystems, plant growth and change, and weather.

Exercise is Good for Your Mental Health

May 8, 2018

We know that physical activity is important to improving physical health, but did you know that physical activity is also key in improving mental health?  Today’s teens are experiencing heightened anxiety and more stress than some adults today (cite).  In a world where digital devices keep social pressures constantly in their back pockets, and academic institutions are asking more and more of our young people, exercise might be their best defense against stress and anxiety.

Learning to Move and Moving to Learn – Physical Literacy at School

April 25, 2018

Leah Yardley BSc. Kin., CSEP-CEP
University of Calgary, Be Fit For Life Centre

We know that learning to move, through the development of fundamental movement skills and exploration of movement in various environments, helps us to develop physical literacy – but did you know that movement can help improve academic performance?

The Potential to Fuel

April 10, 2018

Stay energized by planning nutritious snacks into your day

 Although Nutrition Month was in March, the topics of Nutrition Month still apply all year round!

Outdoor Classrooms can Improve Teacher and Student Well-being!

April 4, 2018


25% of teachers polled at the Southeastern Alberta Teachers Convention in February 2018 stated that teacher wellness is of the upmost importance in building a healthy school community.  We know classroom sizes are rising and as such so are the demands on teachers.

Empathy Skills = happy and successful students!

February 13, 2018

Empathy is not simply an innate trait, it is something that can (and should) be taught.  Evidence shows that kids who have greater skills in empathy are more successful and happy.  Cultivating empathy in our children, “affects our kids’ future health, wealth, authentic happiness, relationship satisfaction, and ability to bounce back from adversity. 

Healthy Fundraising

February 8, 2018

Did you know?
Research shows that non-food and healthy food fundraisers produce profits equal to or greater than profits from unhealthy food fundraisers.

Connecting Physical Literacy and Nature

February 8, 2018

Leah Yardley BSc. Kin., CSEP-CEP
University of Calgary, Be Fit For Life Centre

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?

Start a Walking School Bus

December 14, 2017

Have you heard of a walking school bus?  The concept is simple and takes the school community back to a time when transportation to school provided children with additional physical activity.  Today’s children are 40% less active than they were 30 years ago.  Imagine if they utilized their travel to school time every day as an opportunity to get more active!  An average Kindergartner takes 77.6 strides per min, and they can walk 1 km in 15-20 minutes.

Nutrition Sessions at Teacher’s Convention

December 5, 2017

Teacher’s Convention is just around the corner. This year Nutrition Services Registered Dietitians have applied to lead 2 sessions on February 22. A great opportunity to learn about some nutrition resources and answer any nutrition related questions you might have. See below for more information. Hope to see you there!

Happy Teachers Practice Self-care

November 21, 2017

So often we forget about ourselves. Teacher wellness starts with being kind to you and practicing self-care. As teachers you are busy caring for others and may not feel supported or even remember to take time for yourselves. Remember to look after yourself. Find balance in your life, eat well, be active, get enough sleep and take time to connect with others.

Risky Play – Worth the Risk?

November 6, 2017

We live in a society where “hyper-parenting” or “helicopter parenting” is becoming more prevalent. This style of parenting is seen as a way to protect children and lower their risk of injury and other incidents… but what if we are actually hindering their development and increasing their risk of injury and disease as they age?

New “Pack a Power Lunch” Display

October 24, 2017

Welcome back to school! This school year, Moving and Choosing is offering a new “Pack a Power Lunch” display to use in your classroom. This interactive display was developed by Registered Dietitians from Alberta Health Services.

Gratefulness = Greatness

October 12, 2017

Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what one receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives. In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently linked with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, enjoy good experiences, improve their health, deal with challenges, and build stronger relationships.

Giving Children an Active Start

September 26, 2017

Developing physical literacy is an essential part of healthy child development. Children who are exposed to a multitude of movement experiences in a variety of environments are more confident and competent movers, thus giving them a greater chance of remaining active throughout their lifespan.

Healthy Active School Symposium 2017

August 22, 2017

This year’s Healthy Active School Symposium (HASS) will be held on Thursday, October 5th at the Esplanade in Medicine Hat. The Healthy Active School Symposia (HASS) are events designed to provide Alberta school communities with the knowledge, skills and resources to enhance student wellness.

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?