Healthy School Programs, Healthy Kids

Only one third of school-aged kids in Canada are meeting the Canadian 24-Hour-Movement Guidelines and the number of kids eating enough vegetables and fruit isn’t much better.  But two projects are working to change the current health landscape in schools.

Please join the BC Alliance for Healthy Living on Thursday, January 16th, 2020 from 9:00am- 10:00am for our webinar featuring two exciting initiatives designed for healthier schools and kids.

Learn about BC Recreation and Parks Association’s province-wide ‘before and after school recreation program grants’. These programs focus on physical activity, connecting to nature, outdoor play and engaging in culture, sports and the arts.

In addition to program funding, BCRPA also provides training on how to deal with challenging behaviours and support mental health, which creates safe, active environment for all.

Momentum is building for a National Healthy School Food Program. The BC Chapter of the Coalition for Healthy School Food leads the way as the first provincial chapter of this national coalition seeking federal investment in a Universal Healthy School Food Program to support the health, well-being and education of all Canadian children. Learn about how other countries are handling school food, as well as, the important work being done right here in BC and find out about potential policy hurdles as well as opportunities.

Be inspired on Thursday, January 16th as we talk about two ways of making kids’ lives healthier, by increasing kids’ access to physical activity and healthy food!  Please join us for this free webinar! Register now: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7288582719678856972

SPEAKER PROFILES:

BCRPA:

Noelle Virtue is the Project Manager at the BC Recreation and Parks Association working on initiatives at both ends of the age spectrum – infants to 13 years and older adults. Her previous work has included advocacy and policy development in BC and the UK with a particular focus on healthy living. She enjoys being active in beautiful British Columbia and exploring nature with her family.

BC Chapter of the Coalition for Healthy School Food:

Samantha Gambling works for the Public Health Association of BC (PHABC) as a Coordinator of the BC Chapter of the Coalition for Healthy School Food, advocating for public investment in a universal, cost-shared, healthy national school food program. In addition to the Coalition, Samantha works as a “Community Animator” for Farm to School BC, supporting sustainable school food system work across the Vancouver region. She received her MSc. degree from UBC in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems, where she studied agricultural policy and food sovereignty in the BC and New Zealand dairy industries.

 

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