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Welcome to the September Edition of the Healthy Schools
e-Newsletter 

 

Brought to you byRegina Area Health Promotion 
Saskatchewan Health Authority 


Please share with your administration, teachers, other school staff, and school community council.  There is something for everyone!   

French resources will be highlighted by 'FR.' 
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September 2019 feature topic:
Active Travel Planning

In this issue:

  1. Why walk or roll to school? (EN + FR)
  2. Tips for encouraging more active transportation among students and staff and How to get started (grades k-12)
  3. Curriculum Connections and Activity Ideas 
    • Grades 1-8: Active and Safe Routes to school - connection to various Ontario Curricula. 
    • Grades 4-12: Neighbourhood Walkability checklist
    • Grades 9-12: Environmental Play and Justice
    • Physical Education 20/30 - Teaching Nutrition in SK
    • Teaching Nutrition in SK Updates: grades 1-8 and Health Science 20
  4. September School Nutrition Poster: Healthy Lunches (FR & EN)
  5. Community Programs and Resources:
  6. Professional Development Videos
  7. How to Connect with us

Why Walk to School

 
Did you know that less than 15% of Saskatchewan kids are active enough?

Kids who walk and roll to school arrive more relaxed and ready to learn. School travel planning brings communities together to make walking and rolling to school the safe and easy choice for children and youth.

Benefits of School Travel Planning:
  • Children and youth arrive more alert and ready to learn
  • Environmental benefits
  • Safer streets
  • More active children and youth
  • More time spent outdoors in nature
  • Happier parents
  • Decreased  busing costs and traffic-related complaints
(Information retrieved from Saskatchewan inMotion) 
Visit Saskatchewan In Motion Site
ParticipAction - 4 tips to help make active transportation a part of your weekly routine (EN + FR)

Tips for encouraging more active transportation among students and staff

  • Get school travel planning on the school community council agenda
  • Ensure crosswalks are clearly marked and sidewalks are cleared of snow
  • Change bussing & parking policies to limit congestion in front of schools
  • Implement walking buddy systems
  • Run bike safety programs
  • Host special events such as a walk to school day. Use this walking buddies flyer to help advertise. and walking promotions (if rewards are offered, use non-food rewards, for alternatives, and more on why, see here)
  • Use this 2 page guide to help get started: School Travel Planning 101
(Information retrieved from Saskatchewan in Motion)

Curriculum Connections and Activity Ideas

Active travel Planning

  • Grades 1-8 - Active and Safe Routes to School. Highlights areas where the Active & Safe Routes to School Program may be linked to The Ontario Curriculum. 
  • Grades 4-12 - Neighbourhood Walkability Checklist: take  your students for a stroll and use this checklist to note things that may encourage or discourage families from walking regularly (Saskatchewan in Motion). 
  • Grades 9-12 - Environmental Play and Justice. Subjects: Arts Education, Health and PE, Language Arts, Philanthropy, Science, Social Studies, Social-Emotional Learning. Explores the forces in our lives that separate us from the outdoors today, and what  we do to fuel up on the power of nature. (Learning to Give) 

Phys Ed 20/30 - Nutrition Support Resource 

  • "Teaching Nutrition in Saskatchewan: Concepts and Resources - Phys Ed 20/30" is a curriculum support resource that includes background information and links to credible online resources to help with lesson planning for the nutrition-related outcomes of the Physical Education 20 and 30 curricula. Download HERE (available online Wednesday Sept 18 - if you would like it sooner, please contact us)  

Health Ed grades 1-8, Phys Ed 6-7 and Health Science 20 "Teaching Nutrition in SK: Concepts and Resources"

  • These resources have all been updated with new Canada's Food Guide information. Download copies HERE (available online Wednesday Sept 18 - if you would like any of them sooner, please contact us

September's School Nutrition Information Poster: Healthy Lunches

This Month's Nutrition Information Poster is: " Healthy Lunches

French Poster coming soon - try this one for now: "Pas de four à micro-ondes? Pas de problème!". 
The Public Health Nutritionists of Saskatchewan have developed a nutrition information poster for each month of the school year. This information can be posted in the school, used in newsletters, as a part of school announcements, posted on the school website or used for Facebook or Twitter posts. Download French and English copies HERE

Upcoming School and Community Programs and Events

The Big Crunch! Oct 16

Image of Regina St. Joan of Arc Elementary School - Mrs. Walter's Grade 4 class. 
Register your class or school in this year's Big Crunch event taking place on October 16th for World Food Day in Regina and Saskatoon schools and all across Saskatchewan.

What is it? 
  • Students across the province will be biting into locally grown carrots all at the same time to make a big CRUNCH sound! 
  • Use this day as an opportunity to highlight locally grown food right here in SK to help children connect to where food comes from.
How to participate?
  • To register in Regina fill out the registration form here by September 23rd.  For ideas on how to celebrate and to connect it to the curriculum, download the educator resource package HERE and poster HERE.
  • If you are a rural area school register HERE, download the educator resource package HERE and poster HERE

For information about registering in Saskatoon visit www.chep.org/program/the-big-crunch/ 

 

Dental Sealant and Fluoride Varnish School Programs and free clinics 

  • Click HERE for our school visit schedule for the fluoride varnish program.
  • Click HERE for the Sealant program. 
  • Free clinics also offered out of the North and East Public Health offices in Regina, see poster for details

Food Rewards, especially ones high in sugar, are bad for kids teeth, teach children to prefer unhealthy foods, and can lead to poor learning outcomes. If rewarding children for good behaviour, please do so using non-food rewards. For more tips and ideas see HERE

Professional Development Videos

The Health Promotion Department will be developing short professional development videos or webinars on a variety of health related topics to support professionals in their roles. Fill out this short survey to tell us what topics would be most useful for you.
Have your say HERE

Connect with us

Regina Area Health Promotion is here to support your school in health areas including: nutrition, physical activity, positive mental health, body image, and dental health. 
If you would like to share success stories or upcoming events related to health in our newsletter please let us know - Click on the 'envelope' symbol below.

Coming up in the October Edition:  'Food Safety in Schools'
CLICK HERE to view June's Edition  'Vaping and e-Cigs'
Click here for more on how the health promotion department can support your school
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Saskatchewan Health Authority - Health Promotion Department, Population and Public Health Services - Regina Area

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