News and Updates
January 11, 2018

2017 Quality Daily Physical Education Conference

Having fun learning new skills to support students with their physical education and their health and wellness

 

In October, DASH attended the 2017 Quality Daily Physical Education Conference at Douglas College, hosted by the Douglas College Sports Institute and Physical Education British Columbia (PE-BC). At this conference, DASH staff took part in two sessions facilitated by Action Schools! BC that supported integrating creative physical activity and healthy eating activities into the classroom, school and school community.

The first session was the Physical Activity and Healthy Eating Combo Workshop. In this session, participants discussed the concept of school wellness and the different aspects of health – physical, social, emotional, mental, intellectual, spiritual, environmental and occupational – and the effect they have on school connectedness. Also discussed were the various ways that school wellness, physical activity, healthy eating and healthy lifestyles could be promoted to students, staff, families and the wider community. Finally, there was time allotted for dialogue, stories, tips and suggestions to be shared amongst educators participating in the session regarding school-based physical activity and healthy eating actions, which made for a very informative and engaging session.

The second session was the Physical Activity Workshop, which was designed to reflect the new BC curriculum. Various physical education activities were set up, including individual activities, activities with partners and activities with groups. These activities ranged from those using no equipment to those using school gym equipment such as beanbags, balls and hula hoops. Educators participating in the session had the chance to partake in these activities which were fun and provided a great workout. Educators were also supported to implement lessons focused on physical literacy skills, fundamental movement skills, social-emotional learning, teamwork skills and thinking skills, among others and were encouraged to use these activities in their own classrooms and schools.

DASH gained a wealth of knowledge regarding physical activity and healthy eating at this conference and encourages all efforts by teachers, educators and other school staff to promote health and well-being throughout their schools. For resources related to health and well-being for use in the school environment, visit the Healthy Schools BC website here and the Action Schools! BC website here.

You can learn more about the 2017 Quality Daily Physical Education Conference here.