STRESSED OUT? TAKE A BREAK, NATURALLY

Written by Susanne Heaton, Motivated by Nature Stress is a part of our everyday lives. Some stress is good: eustress is what we experience when we are excited or anticipating a good outcome. The other two types of stress are acute and chronic. Acute stress is a short-lived stressor. Once the danger has passed, the…

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HOW TO HOST A YOUTH FUN RUN OR WALK EVENT

Written by Hayley Degaust, Ever Active Schools The AMA Youth Run Club is a free, fun and flexible opportunity for schools and students to get active! Run, walk or roll your way to a healthier school community at any grade level. Hosting a fun run or walk event is a great way to either kick…

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EMPOWERED, INSPIRED AND CELEBRATED: STILL I RISE

The idea for ‘Still I Rise’ initially came to be in December 2020, when an insightful EAS team member working primarily in the Treaty 8 region recognized the need for Indigenous youth to receive messages of hope, perseverance and resilience in a time of uncertainty. From there the concept of a free virtual student event…

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PLANT-BASED PROTEINS AND REDUCING FOOD WASTE

PLANT-BASED PROTEINS AND REDUCING FOOD WASTE: TWO INGREDIENTS FOR A HEALTHIER TOMORROW Written by Dietetic Interns Amie Lipsey and Kayla Evans. Amie and Kayla are completing their Dietetic Internship program through the University of Alberta and working with public health Dietitians at Alberta Health Services.   March 2022 is Nutrition Month, hosted by Dietitians of…

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ACKNOWLEDGING THE PAST THAT ENSURED OUR FUTURE

Acknowledging the Past that Ensured Our Future Written by Apsipistoo (Evans Yellow Old Woman) Oki Niksokowa, nistoo’unohk Apsipistoo, nitohmto’to Siksikawa.  Hello my friends, my name is Apsipistoo, which is my Siksika name. It was gifted to me by my late great grandmother Koomakii, who hailed from the Blood Tribe. My name means White Owl.  My…

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BEAUTY AND STRUGGLE: INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY 2021

Written by Sandra Lamouche June is National Indigenous History Month, and June 21 of this year marks the 25th year of celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada. With over 300 First Nations, Metis and Inuit nations we have a lot to celebrate! As an award winning educator and a champion women’s hoop dancer, this is…

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE JOY4ALL PROJECT

By the student team behind Joy4All It’s important to celebrate all things big and small as we move into another spring focussed on virtual learning and caring for the well-being of our families, friends, and communities. Here at Ever Active Schools, we recently celebrated the very first birthday of The Joy4All Project: a phone hotline…

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CRAFTING MEANINGFUL LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Close up of green leaves from below with sunshine above and a sun spot creating an orange ring.

Beginning in September 2020, Ever Active Schools began to question our practice of territory land acknowledgements. The tipping point for some staff could be expressed in the words of Kay Ho: “Oftentimes, when non-Indigenous organizers make a territory acknowledgement, it is done hastily, and then discarded.” (2014, An Introduction to Settler Colonialism: Part Three) This…

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PUT A SPRING IN YOUR STEP!

Written by Megan Weiler, Krista Trim and Kayli McClelland The days are getting longer, the sun is shining warmer, and the people are coming out to play. It’s spring time, and we’re going to enjoy every minute of it. The easiest way to take advantage of the changing weather is to get out there and…

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FAMILY DAY AND PERSONAL WELLNESS

Written by Kayli McClelland, Creative Media Specialist, Ever Active Schools If you’re like me – you live close to many of your loved ones and you enjoy being active – Family Day is really nice.   It’s a Monday off in the middle of February. The cold of Alberta’s winter has started to set in.…

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