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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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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Water drips from a hand onto young plants, building resilience in nature to represent building resilience in yourself and others.

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”, 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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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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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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The Aurora Elementary School CSH team meets over Zoom.

Written by Dayna Landry, Teacher at Aurora Elementary School, Wildrose School Division I want to start by saying how amazing my school is. I know that everyone says that, but it’s really true for mine. From the moment you walk in our front doors, you are greeted by and treated to the most welcoming, warm…

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walking/standing in leaves

Written by Chesa Peter, School Health Facilitator, Ever Active Schools. Originally published in Healthy Schools Alberta Magazine Special Edition: Active Transportation IN RECENT YEARS, THE NUMBER OF STUDIES ON MINDFULNESS WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF EDUCATION HAS INCREASED DRAMATICALLY. Many studies have demonstrated strong correlations between mindfulness practice and cognitive outcomes such as improved attention and…

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Written by David Benay. Originally published at Active for Life PHYSICAL EDUCATION DOESN’T JUST HAPPEN IN A GYMNASIUM. I’m a big proponent of active free play outside during physical education (PE) class. In my PE classes, I plan for quite a lot of it when the weather allows. There are so many benefits of free play outside…

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DAILY PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IS ESSENTIAL IN SCHOOLS FOR MANY REASONS. Sure, DPA is important (even critical!) to health and learning outcomes, but it is also a lot of fun! How great is it to see students smiling, working and problem solving with others? And hearing all the laughter? So much is being experienced in those moments…

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