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Healthy Schools

Motif_Printing-08 (2) New Westminster Schools Healthy Schools work is guided by our commitment to Comprehensive School Health (CSH).  CSH is an internationally recognized framework for supporting improvements in students’ educational outcomes while addressing school health in a planned, integrated and holistic way. The four pillars of CSH are:

  • social and physical environment;
  • teaching and learning;
  • healthy school policy; and,
  • partnerships and services.

Learn more about Comprehensive School Health at Healthy Schools BC.

Healthy Schools Resources

In 2015, the New Westminster School District in partnership with Fraser Health received funding from the Directorate of Agencies for School Health (DASH) to work in partnership with the community to identify and address school health priorities.  Three overarching themes emerged during the community consultation process.

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  • Authentic Youth Engagement;
  • Expansion of Partnerships and Services; and
  • Involvement of the Community in Student Health.

The Healthy Schools New West Committee (HSNW) is now working together to address these priorities.

For more information on the Healthy Schools New West please contact:

Resources for Parents and Schools

Teaching Resources

Healthy Eating

  • Motif_Printing-11 (2)BC Agriculture in the Classroom provides educators with a wide range of resources and programs to bring BC’s agriculture to their students.
  • BC Dairy Foundation Nutrition Education Workshops for Teachers
  • Canadian Food and Nutrition Education Resources (Vancouver Coastal Health, September 2010)
  • Classroom and School Gardens Curriculum Connections Outlines specific learning outcomes from Science, Social Studies, and health and Career Education for grades k-7.
  • Feeding Minds, Fighting Hunger: A World Free From Hunger The Feeding Minds, Fighting Hunger Partners provide lesson modules for teachers, resources and activities for students at the PrimaryIntermediate, and Secondary levels.
  • Motif_Printing-07 (2)Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Learning Resources (BC Ministry of Education) provides healthy  eating and physical activity classroom-based lesson plans for Kindergarten to grade 12 (English) and Kindergarten to grade 7 (French). The resource includes lessons that help students develop knowledge and skills to plan age appropriate healthy eating and physical activity goals to live healthier lives.
  • Project Chef: Cook Healthy Edible Food is an experiential, curriculum-based school program for students in grades four and five that teaches students about healthy food: where it comes from, what it tastes like, how to prepare it and how to enjoy sharing it around a table.
  • School Food Gardens provides information on how to integrate growing food with your curriculum.
  • Spuds in Tubs: Potato Tub Gardens for Schools is a BC Agriculture in the Classroom program that provides teachers with all the supplies needed to start a portable potato garden in their classes. Teachers can then work with their students to show them the importance of access to fresh food, connect them to the food that they eat, engage them in production, and teach them that food comes from the soil, not the grocery store.
  • The Truth about Canadian Milk (U tube video clip)
  • Action Schools BC is a best practices model designed to assist schools in creating individualized action plans to promote healthy living.
  • Heart and Stroke Foundation provides teacher resources for Kindergarten to grade 6. Resources include: Jumping into the Curriculum and HeartSmart Kids. NEW: HeartSmart Kids e-learning modules for educators who want to teach healthy living in their classes

Physical Literacy

  • Motif_Printing-03 (2)Action Schools BC is a best practices model designed to assist schools in creating individualized action plans to promote healthy living.
  • Daily Physical Activity -DPA- (BC Ministry of Education) provides information, tracking tools and resources to support schools in implementing DPA.
  • Eat Well and Be Active Educational Toolkit (Health Canada): is designed to help teach children and adults about healthy eating and physical activity and encourage individuals to tak action to maintain and improve their health. Includes posters, activity plans and images.
  • HASTE (Hub for Action on School Transportation Emissions) provides tools, programs and resources to help get kids to walk or bike to school and information on the walking school bus/bicycle train program.
  • Physical Activity Guides for Children and Youth (Health Canada) provides teacher guides ( ages 6 to 9 and 10 to 14), family guides and a physical activity chart.
  • Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Learning Resources (BC Ministry of Education) provides healthy  eating and physical activity classroom-based lesson plans for Kindergarten to grade 12 (English) and Kindergarten to grade 7 (French). The resource includes lessons that help students develop knowledge and skills to plan age appropriate healthy eating and physical activity goals to live healthier lives.
  • Heart and Stroke Foundation provides teacher resources for Kindergarten to grade 6. Resources include: Jumping into the Curriculum and HeartSmart Kids. NEW: HeartSmart Kids e-learning modules for educators who want to teach healthy living in their classes

Mental Wellness

Resources list in progress

Smoking Prevention

  • Motif_Printing-10 (2)Teacher Vision Smoking Prevention Resources is a US -based collection of smoking prevention lessons, worksheets, references and Web resources to help students in grades 2 to 5 understand the harmful effects of smoking.
  • Teaming Up for Tobacco-Free Kids provides lesson plans for grades 4 to 6 that have been developed by Alberta Health Services to emphasize prevention by increasing awareness about the dangers related to tobacco. Resources are also available in French.
  • Youth Zone (Health Canada) is a website that provides youth with the facts on what smoking does to their body, their environment and who’s actually benefits from the sale of tobacco products. There is also a “Homework Help” section that provides a wealth of information for school projects.
  • QuitNow One-stop shop of smoking cessation resources, including free coaching and information about the BC Smoking Cessation Program which may cover the cost of quit smoking medications.
  • BC Smoking Cessation Program The B.C. Smoking Cessation Program helps eligible B.C. residents who wish to stop smoking or using other tobacco products by covering 100% of the cost of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products (specific nicotine gum, lozenges, patches, inhaler), or contributing to the cost of specific smoking cessation prescription drugs.
  • Ecigarette information
For additional information Healthy Schools, please contact , Community Program Development Officer, at 604-517-6168

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