News and Updates
July 10, 2017

DASH BC is excited to present our 10th annual Walk and Wheel to School Week as part of International Walk to School Month (iWalk) from October 2nd - 6th, 2017. A week-long provincial event held every year in October, iWalk encourages students, parents, staff, and community members to celebrate the many benefits of walking to school, such as:

  • Celebrating active transportation and encouraging daily physical activity
  • Promoting opportunities to practice safe walking and biking skills and identifying safe routes to school
  • Enhancing the connection between students, parents, schools, and communities in a fun and interactive way
  • Reducing school traffic congestion and vehicle emissions

Register your school and receive:

  • Resources and supports you know and love, such as posters and stickers
  • More classroom supports to help with planning and activities
  • Support in making community partnerships
  • Support on starting year-round walk to school events

Click here to register!


June 14, 2017
Benefits of Nature

 

Providing children with opportunities to explore natural outdoor settings where they can play, explore and experience natural systems is a part of healthy living. When children are engaged with the outdoors, in various weather environments, they are able to learn more about the habitat they live in. These experiences lead to healthier children and have a profound positive effect on their attitudes towards the natural environment that get carried into adulthood.

The benefits of exploring nature are endless through the hands-on experience it provides. Research shows that children learn best when they are engaged and active during the learning process ; exploring natural outdoor settings through experiences with water, rain, wind, and the coming of spring allows children to develop an emotional and aesthetic engagement with their surroundings. It gives them the opportunity to exercise both their mental and physical capacities – furthering their overall development.

According to gathered evidences, nature plays a crucial role in our health and well-being. With access to parks and nature reserves, there are many ways to create positive experiences for children within our surroundings. It can be as simple as picking flowers or produce, planting trees and seeds, or taking a nature walk in the rain.

Research shows that children participate more successfully in indoor learning after time spent in nature using their minds and bodies. To read more on how schools are implementing positive interactions with nature, go to:

http://www.healthyschoolsbc.ca/story/1283/school-garden-gives-greens-to-community#.WTHmbuvyuJB
http://www.healthyschoolsbc.ca/story/2600/parkway-elementary-food-forest-garden-a-place-to-learn-eat-and-play#.WTHmb-vyuJB



June 14, 2017

The First Nations Schools Association of BC (FNSA) hosted its 21st annual conference and general Meeting from April 21-22, 2017 in Vancouver. This brought together school staff, students, educators, and other professionals to explore effective practices in classroom instruction, school administration and professional development.

Keynote speeches, workshops, and performances addressed issues and strategies central to the work of First Nations schools in BC and the FNSA.

DASH was fortunate to attend this conference to connect with educators and other school staff to share resources and supports available to them. DASH engaged with conference attendees to raise awareness of Healthy Schools BC (HSBC) resources(namely the HSBC Regional Grants), aimed at supporting collaborative action between the education and health sectors in the area of mental well-being. This was a great opportunity to build on DASH’s existing relationships with First Nations Schools and forge new ones. Many educators and school staff had previously been aware of, or involved with, Healthy Schools BC and were happy to hear of the new and updated supports available to them.

To learn more about the resources and supports that your school can make use of, visit the Healthy Schools BC website!


June 14, 2017
Join the wave!

More than four thousand people have connected with Action Schools! BC through our website. There you will find over 100 free resources related to Healthy Eating and Physical Activity.

All resources are free and available for download. Click here to access the Action Schools! BC website.

We are out there!

In May, two successful and well-attended Action Schools! BC workshops were held. Educators at Shortreed Community School learned about healthy eating activities and how to incorporate them into their classrooms. Educators in the Surrey school district had the opportunity to attend a healthy eating/physical activity combination workshop held at the Surrey Teachers’ Association Convention on May 5th.

Interested in a workshop for your school? Send us an email and we will make the necessary arrangements for you. Workshops are free and available to all BC K-7 schools – click here to connect with us!

There is more to it!

Resources and workshops are only the tip of the iceberg. Action Schools! BC also offers tailored mentorship for teachers on food literacy and physical literacy, as part of a broader school action plan, which we can support you to develop.

In the past two months, more than fifty mentoring sessions were held directly with teachers to build their confidence and capacities to incorporate healthy living in their classrooms.

Do you want to start a sustainable school garden? Or to offer your students more outdoor play opportunities? Mentoring sessions are available to support you with these goals and other activities identified as part of your action plan. There are a number of resources and supports available to your school and we at DASH are available to walk you through them. Click here to start your action planning and access mentorship.