Administrative Procedure 134
Healthy School Communities and Workplaces
Based upon the philosophy of the comprehensive school health (CSH) approach, the three wellness priorities of Mental Well-Being, Active Living, and Healthy Eating need to be addressed in any comprehensive school plan. The Principal along with the staff and parent community will engage in an assessment of these three areas at least once per year. Based on this assessment, at least one Healthy School Communities and Workplace goal will be addressed in the school plan.
Wild Rose School Division employees act from the understanding that staff advocacy and role modeling influence wellness and learning.
1. Mental Well-Being
Mentally well individuals have the knowledge, skills, attitudes and opportunities to:
• realize their abilities
• cope with the normal stresses of life
• learn and work productively, and
• contribute to their communities
The following are characteristics of mentally well individuals:
• Understand, manage and express thoughts and emotions in constructive ways
• Feel connected, safe and valued
• Establish positive relationships and support networks
• Practice reflective and metacognitive thinking skills
• Develop mindfulness
• Demonstrate resiliency and coping skills including a focus on spirituality as appropriate
• Understand the benefits of mental well-being for individuals and for communities
• Make connections between their mental well-being, physical activity, healthy eating choices, and learning
1.1 Support and embed character education programs and/or activities (e.g. Developmental Assets, Dare to Care, Expect Respect, Circle of Courage, etc.) to support mental well-being.
1.2 Create learning environments where mental well-being (as referenced in the background above) is modeled and developed in students.
1.3 Access and link with community agencies, partners and support networks (e.g. FCSS, police, Alberta Health Services, AIM for Success etc.).
2. Physical Activity
Physically active individuals have the knowledge, skills, attitudes and opportunities to lead active lifestyles.
The following are characteristics of physically active individuals:
• Engage in physical movement and activity on a daily basis
• Vary the intensities and purposes of physical activity (e.g. conditioning,
strengthening, enjoyment, flexibility, etc.)
• Make positive choices to support the growth, development and care of their bodies
• Value and participate in lifelong physical activity
• Understand the benefits of physical activity for individuals and for communities
• Make connections between their physical activity, healthy eating choices, mental
well-being, and learning.
2.1 Provide quality Daily Physical Activity (Grades 1-9) and encourage students to engage in physical activity inside and outside of regular curriculum (e.g. community events, clubs, special events, teams, intramurals, etc.) to support their development as healthy, active learners.
2.2 Provide for opportunities to meet the outcomes of the Physical Education Program of Studies
2.3 Use Physical Education expertise of the staff as necessary in providing a program for students
3. Healthy Eating
Students and Wild Rose staff are committed to healthy eating, and have the knowledge, skills, attitudes and opportunities to make appropriate food and beverage choices.
These individuals possess the following characteristics:
• Support, through healthy food and beverage choices, the growth and development of their
bodies and minds
• Think critically to discern the accuracy of messages about food and beverages
• Are able to prepare and choose healthy food and beverages for consumption
• Understand and act on the information rights and personal buying power of consumers
• Commit to healthy food and beverage choices in personal, school and community environments
• Make connections between their healthy eating choices, mental well-being, physical activity, and learning.
Schools or sites will:
3.1 Create an environment where healthy foods are available, affordable and promoted as the healthy/best choice. (Make the healthy choice the easy choice.)
3.2 Beginning in September 2013 (except for 3.2.2 and 3.2.3 which will be phased in by September,
2014), meet the following guidelines for all food and beverages distributed, provided by or sold at the school site or under the school name for any school related activity (as per Alberta Nutrition Guidelines for Children and Youth):
3.2.1 Vending Machines –A minimum of 100% of the items are Choose Most Often and Choose
3.2.2 Concessions, hot lunch programs, cafeterias, classrooms, and staff rooms where food items are sold must have a minimum of 100% of items are Choose Most Often and Choose sometimes
3.2.3 School fundraisers involving food items must focus on and include 100% food and beverage items that meet the characteristics of the Choose Most Often and Choose Sometimes category.
3.2.4 Ensure that the beverages consumed during instructional time are water or other healthy choices
as determined by the Alberta Nutrition Guidelines for Children and Youth and the Choose Healthy Drinks document from Alberta Health Services
3.2.5 The principal may allow for celebration days (up to one day per month) that may include foods outside of the choose most often or the choose sometimes category
4. School Leadership
4.1 Schools are to develop school level procedures and strategies to meet the goals of this Administrative Procedure and may support additional guidelines that do not negatively affect the above with the support of the School Council. .
4.2 School or site leaders, together with staff and stakeholders, will establish environments that support, ensure and integrate mental well-being, physical activity and healthy eating (e.g. via an annually established committee or other strategy).
5. Division Leadership
5.1 All meetings that are held within Wild Rose School Division whether at the Education Centre, Schools, or at outside facilities will follow the above choose most often and choose sometimes healthy eating administrative procedures beginning in September 2013 and each meeting should include an opportunity for movement and activity.
6. Additional Supports
6.1 Alberta Health Services School Health Facilitators are available to assist schools in moving forward.
Alberta Nutrition Guidelines for Children and Youth
Alberta Education’s Guide to Education
Framework for Kindergarten to grade 12 Wellness Education (Alberta Education, 2009) Alberta Education Daily Physical Activity (DPA) Initiative
Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide: A Resource for Educators and Communicators (2011)
Choose Healthy Drinks – Alberta Health Services