Written by Stephanie Shantz, Media Coordinator, Ever Active Schools
LAST WEEK, EVER ACTIVE SCHOOLS BROUGHT TOGETHER MORE THAN 400 DELEGATES FROM THE EDUCATION, HEALTH PROMOTION, ACTIVE LIVING AND RESEARCH SECTORS FOR THE NINTH ANNUAL SHAPING THE FUTURE CONFERENCE.
As the largest Comprehensive School Health conference in Canada, Shaping the Future 2018 was a unique opportunity to highlight the connections between school health, student well-being and overall learning outcomes, while raising the profile of Comprehensive School Health issues on a provincial, territorial and national level.
The four day conference addressed current and emerging topics related to Comprehensive School Health – including healthy eating, physical activity, mental well-being, equity, Indigenous health and natural playgrounds. Concurrent sessions and workshops moved from indoor to outdoor, engaging delegates with hands-on learning and thoughtful sharing of ideas.
By bringing together professionals from different sectors, we were able to expand our own knowledge and understanding of Comprehensive School Health while also strengthening the collective voice we use to speak on issues of school health and wellness. The relationship building component of the conference is always a highlight as we move forward into the year with new contacts and fresh ideas.
Delegates left Shaping the Future with new connections, ideas and tools they can use in their own work across the country, which we hope will create a ripple effect of positive and lasting change for students, educators and school communities.
Thinking about joining us for Shaping the Future this year? Visit everactive.org/stf for conference location, dates, hotel information, speaker lineup and more. Don’t forget to plan for the fun outside of the conference – there’s always lots of opportunities to get outside and explore.