Who We Are

Ever Active Schools is a registered national charity designed to create and support healthy school communities. We engage and support schools through a Comprehensive School Health framework, which addresses health and education goals to improve the social outcomes of children and youth in Alberta.

Vision

All students belong to healthy school communities that enable optimal health and learning.

Mission

To provide leadership that promotes and supports healthy, active school communities through a comprehensive school health (CSH) framework.

Return to Learn

To support teachers, administrators and jurisdictions in returning to school, we've put together a variety of resources that promote health and well-being for students and staff.

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Open Letter

Schools and jurisdictions are facing decisions around what the return to learning looks like. Together with the Health and Physical Education Council we've put together a list of health and wellness recommendations, including practical strategies you can use in the classroom.

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Resource Bundle

To help prepare school communities for classroom re-integration, check out our new Return to Learn bundle with resources to encourage physical distancing and social and emotional learning, and a professional learning opportunity to get everybody on the same page.

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PE Lesson Plans

Lesson plans created for teachers, by teachers. Available for grades K-12.

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YouTube Channel

A YouTube playlist of 60+ activities for daily physical activity (DPA) and overall health and well-being.

Our Work

Comprehensive School Health

Projects

Professional Learning

Events

Resources

Latest blog posts

DON’T WALK IN THE HALLWAY: ENERGIZER ACTIVITIES

September 14, 2020

Originally published in Healthy Schools Alberta Magazine Fall 2016 Edition Recognizing the importance of promoting healthy learning environments, floor decals offer a way to modify school spaces, helping to activate your students and enliven your lessons. Activities that range in intensity have demonstrated the ability to increase a student’s readiness to learn. The Don’t Walk…

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REFLECTION, GRATITUDE, GROWTH AND THE FUTURE

August 31, 2020

My mom’s birthday is September 3rd, and I remember how excited she would always get at this time of year. It was back to school, back to routine and schedules. As a child I never shared her optimism for summer’s end; but as the years go on I find myself with the same enjoyment of…

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TRAIL TALES: STORIES THAT MOVE YOU

July 27, 2020

Written by Tracey Coutts and Scott Bailey Looking for a versatile, cost-effective way to increase physical activity and improve literacy in your school community?  Well, have we got a tale for you. Trail Tales was launched in Parkland School Division 70 as a means to promote physical activity and literacy, while enhancing the active travel…

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A TRADITIONAL FOODS CAMP IN ENOCH, ALBERTA

July 13, 2020

Written by Chelsea Cattroll, Ever Active Schools Once upon a time, in a not-so-distant past, Ever Active Schools and Edmonton Public School Board (EPSB) launched a project called Miyomahchihowin (“In Good Health” in Cree). This project aimed to support pathways to employment and post-secondary education for Indigenous youth. Fast forward a few years and new…

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MY HEART IS FULL: COMBATING COVID-19 THROUGH TRADITIONAL SKILLS

June 29, 2020

Written by Chelsea Cattroll, Ever Active Schools, with support from Dr. Kevin wâsakâyâsiw Lewis, kâniyâsihk Culture Camps We turn to the land when we are stressed to re-connect to ourselves and become grounded. During a time that can be perceived as stressful and turbulent, I have seen that many people are starting to return to…

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DR. JOHN SPENCE ON THE 2020 PARTICIPACTION REPORT CARD

June 19, 2020

For the past 14 years, ParticipACTION has released report cards that grade Canadians on their physical activity behaviours. The report cards bring together data from a variety of sources to give evidence-based grades on a number of different indicators. Dr. John Spence is a Professor and Vice Dean at the University of Alberta within the…

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BUILDING RESILIENCE IN FOUR QUESTIONS

June 15, 2020

Written by Dana Fulwiler, Provincial Project Coordinator, Ever Active Schools “Building Resilience in Four Questions” is part 3 of 4 in a series on Teacher and Staff Well-being. “Like tiny seeds with potent power to push through tough ground and become mighty trees, we hold innate reserves of unimaginable strength. We are resilient.” ― Catherine…

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THE IMPORTANCE OF CONNECTING TO NATURE

June 1, 2020

“The Importance of Connecting to Nature”, written by Tracey Gilmour for Ever Active Schools. Originally published in Healthy Schools Alberta Magazine Winter 2018 edition. This article has been modified from its original format. “IMAGINE A WORLD… in which all children grow up with a deep understanding of the world around them. Where [health concerns] are…

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STRENGTHENING MEANINGFUL CONNECTIONS

May 19, 2020

Written by Dana Fulwiler, MEd, MAPP, Ever Active Schools “When we seek for connection, we restore the world to wholeness. Our seemingly separate lives become meaningful as we discover how truly necessary we are to each other.” – Margaret J. Wheatley This quote seems particularly relevant right now as we practice physical distancing to keep…

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DEAR TEACHERS

May 4, 2020

Written by Dana Fulwiler, Ever Active Schools DEAR TEACHERS: WE SEE YOU. WE SUPPORT YOU. WE THANK YOU. The world today looks very different than it did just a few short months ago. Our homes have transformed into workplaces, schools, and places of rest and healing. While we may all be riding out the same…

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