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Foothills HASS Designed to Inspire Students to be Wellness Leaders in their Schools

 

Foothills area schools are collaborating with Ever Active Schools on a Healthy Active School Symposium (HASS), an event to provide Alberta school communities with the knowledge, skills and resources to enhance student wellness, and focus on supporting Student Voice and Action in schools. More than 200 participants – most of them students – will gather on Friday, January 8, 2016 to develop wellness action plans for their schools and participate in a wide variety of wellness-related breakout sessions, including:

  • P.A.L.S: Students and adult reps will learn how they can engage students in playground activities and create a sense of belonging among all students.
  • An Iron Chef-inspired session where groups of students will work together to produce the healthiest, best tasting snack with 12 minutes on the clock.
  • Dance to Wellness: Through learning a jazz-hip hop routine (which will be videotaped and screened at the end of the day) participants will discover how dance can improve their wellbeing.
  • HEAL CLUB students from École Percy Pegler School in Okotoks will share how they helped foster stronger relationships in their school, and set the stage with their peers using the story, Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry and Tom Lichtenheld.
  • Building Hope: Students from Red Deer Lake School in south Calgary will share how their idea to build a school in Kenya and effect real change in the world became a reality.

Other sessions will focus on mental health, yoga, how to incorporate more physical activity into your day, the impact of technology on health, and how to organize a flash mob to unite a group, have fun and put a smile on people’s faces.

ABOUT EVER ACTIVE SCHOOLS:
Ever Active Schools (EAS) is a provincial initiative designed to assist school communities in addressing and
creating healthy school communities. For more information visit http://www.everactive.org.

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