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Revised Healthy Drinks Healthy Kids Resource

October 8, 2019

Canada’s new Food Guide recommends making water your drink of choice as a great way to stay healthy and hydrated without calories. Healthy drink options other than water can include unsweetened milk, such as 1% or 2% milk, or unsweetened fortified plant-based beverages such as soy or almond beverages.

Simple Connections – Stronger Families

September 24, 2019

Family resiliency is the ability of a family system to experience stress and not only recover from the stress, but come out of it stronger and healthier than before. It’s about more than just coping or surviving. It’s about bouncing forward.


Rethinking Physical Activity Messaging for Youth: A Focus on Fun

September 11, 2019

The annual grade ParticipACTION awarded to youth for overall physical activity in Canada for this year was a D+. This is incredibly low, and clearly indicates something is wrong with our society’s approach to physical activity. So, what must change?


Sodium and kids: how can schools help kids eat healthy?

June 4, 2019

 

School age children need between 1200 – 1500 mg of sodium (salt) per day. The upper limit is 2300 mg per day. (The upper limit is the highest level likely to not cause harm; it is not a recommended level of intake).


Neuromuscular Training Warm Up for Injury Prevention

May 7, 2019

We all know that participating in physical activity and sport poses its own risk of injury, however most of these injuries are preventable.  A three year study in Calgary junior high schools with the partnership of the University of Calgary’s Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre (SIPRC) and Ever Active Schools showed that students who participated in a neuromuscular training warm up had a significant decrease in lower body injuries compared to their peers (Emery, et al., 2018).


Quality Recess Makes a Big Difference

March 28, 2019

Recently I read an article in which a mother details the conversation she had with her two sons about their experience with indoor recess through the cold winter.  The kids said that indoor recess was “more fun” and “more safe,” they liked it better.  This conversation lead to an article in the Globe and Mail titled “When Kids Dread Recess, We Have a Problem.”  You can read the entire article here.


Tools to Create a Calm Classroom

February 26, 2019

With the rates of anxiety increasing and appearing at younger and younger ages, the importance of creating a calm environment for our students is becoming more and more important.  There are a variety of resources out there that can support teachers in their efforts to create a calm classroom.


Children, Teens and Screens

January 15, 2019

Ask any parent, teacher or school administrator their thoughts on the subject of children and the impacts of digital technology and you will be offered a variety of thoughts and experiences.


Register Your School for Winter Walk Day 2019

January 10, 2019

Winter Walk Day is on February 6, 2019, get your school registered today!  Winter Walk Day is organized by SHAPE Alberta who vision is to see Albertan students choose Active Transportation for the school journey.  This one day event encourages people across Alberta to be active outdoors in winter.


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.