March Feature Healthy School: Chris Hadfield Public School
We are excited to have 278 registered Healthy Schools, representing 51 school boards across the province for Ophea’s Healthy Schools Certification 2016/17 school year! You can find out if schools from your board have registered by viewing the Registered Schools List.
Every month, until June, we’ll be sharing the experiences of select registered Healthy Schools, bringing you their success stories, challenges and ideas to support you in making your school a healthier school.
1. What has your school team identified as your priority health topic for this school year? What inspired you to choose this topic?
Our Healthy Schools team identified physical activity as our priority health topic for this year. We have been inspired by the incredible advocacy from ParticipACTION and the many initiatives they promote. With only 9% of children 5 to 17 meeting the guidelines of 60 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity, we felt it was important to help education our school community of the many benefits of moving more and sitting less.
2. How does your school team encourage students and staff to make healthy choices?
We have a dedicated committee of staff and students who work hard to create lots of initiatives and opportunities for our school and community to get active. Some include Heart Month and Jump Rope for Heart, Nutrition Month, and Bike Week. During these times we have lots going on at Chris Hadfield Public School but we always find ways to connect it to home; in order to have the biggest impact.
We are very excited about our monthly Daily Physical Activity Challenges held between our classes. Each day is a different activity and classes will tweet out what they did that day (there is even bonus points for weekend challenges!). At the end of the month the winner collects The Silver Medicine Ball trophy!
3. How has your school team motivated your school community to be healthy, safe, and inclusive?
Our Healthy Schools team has hosted Family Skate Nights for our school community each month this winter - December through March - to encourage our wider school community to be healthy, safe, and inclusive. The events are held at an outdoor rink within walking distance of our students’ homes, helping make the events accessible to all. The venue offers skate and helmet rentals at affordable prices for families. Many of the children have gone on to take skating lessons or visit the outdoor rink with their families on their own time. In addition, our grade five Student Health Action Team members have been leaders at our Family Skate Nights. We have consistently had high turnouts and participation from all grade levels at the Family Skate Nights.
4. Do you have any upcoming Healthy Schools events or links you would like to share?
In May, we will be hosting our second annual Family Wellness Night! On Family Wellness Night, we welcome our students, parents, and community partners into our school. During this evening event, the families get to participate in a variety of fun activities including Dancing with Groove Edgeucation, Yoga and Mindfulness with Moksha Yoga, and Family “Cottage Games” with Chris Hadfield staff. We also bring in partners from Parks and Recreation and Public Health to provide information and support to help our families gain more knowledge on fostering healthy, active lifestyles.
Physical Education Teacher
Chris Hadfield Public School - Peel District School Board
Looking to make your school a healthier place? Check out the HS Certification guidebook
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