Active at School Campaign to Get Kids Moving

Are you looking for some great resources to get your school talking more about the importance of physical activity? The Active at School Campaign is a multi-year movement designed to solve the problem of inactive youth through 1 hr/day of quality physical activity at Canadian schools. They’ve partnered with some dynamic national organizations to help support schools in making changes that foster greater QUALITY daily physical activity.

To learn more, visit or follow the group on Twitter @Activeatschool

STF 2014-Student Leadership and Health

This year, Parkland School Division sent over 20 PSD staff to the Shaping the Future Conference in Kananaskis, Alberta, to learn more about how we can collectively create healthy school communities.  Some of the highlights were captured by health champions from Woodhaven, Graminia, and Forest Green Schools.  In addition, here’s a link to many of the other presentations in case you weren’t able to join us.

Some presenters, including Leanne Schram-White of Duffield and Ashley Fox from Be Fit for Life, stressed the importance of engaging your students in this work.  Cardston Elementary Grade 5 teacher, Mrs. Schrow, encourages her students to think about how and why health is important to various aspects of their lives.

Healthy Start to the Day at Entwistle School

Entwistle Healthy Breakfast

Thanks to the creative support of the Entwistle parent community including school council and fund raising bodies, students and their families are able to enjoy a healthy breakfast monthly in the school gym. This event is complemented by in-school activities that promote the importance of eating a healthy breakfast.

Entwistle School Healthy Breakfast

Entwistle Student Leaders Created Posters to Demonstrate the Importance of Eating Breakfast.

Health Champions Tara-Mae Burvill and June St. Goddard explain that this program is truly a partnership between the stakeholders of the community. A special thank you goes out to Entwistle parent, lead chef and business owner, Suzanne Weir, for her unique contribution to this healthy school activity.   January 2014 025

Forest Green’s Garden Club Serves Up Smoothies

From the desk of Forest Green Health Champion Lesley Cameron…

Forest Green Grow Tower Forest Green Smoothies Green Smoothy

We are very fortunate to have two garden towers in our school.  We are growing all kinds of delicious green vegetables and herbs, including broccoli, kale, swiss chard, lettuce, basil, peppers, and tomatoes.  Our Garden Club meets weekly to take care of the towers, including checking pH levels, adding water, and trimming the roots.  Students at Forest Green were very fortunate to sample a green smoothie with harvested vegetables from the garden towers, along with some delicious fruits!  It was great for students to learn about smoothies and how to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into their daily life.  Big thanks to Miss Aronyk, Mrs. Sarauer, and our amazing Garden Club leaders for their leadership in this initiative!  The green smoothies were DELICIOUS!

Hats off to the Forest Green Garden Club Smoothy-Making Team!