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To find topics on Food Literacy, School Gardens, Tobacco, Vapour Products and Drug Literacy, Mental Health Literacy, Sexual Health Education & Child Protection, Mindfulness & Sleep Hygiene, and Physical Literacy.
UnlockFood.ca: UnlockFood is a bilingual, award-winning website brought to you by Dietitians of Canada. UnlockFood is here to help Canadians connect with a dietitian and find the nutrition and food information that they need when they need it.
Cook it, Try it, Like it!: This program is a five-week after-school program designed to promote healthy eating habits by providing students with hands-on experience cooking and tasting nutritious foods. Two Cook it! kits are at the District office-pictured above. For more info about the program and the kits, contact Andrea.
IH Healthy Eating Toolkit: School Food Programs; Curriculum Resources; Displays, Posters, and Handouts; School Gardens; ; Guidelines for Food and Beverage Sales in BC Schools; and other resources
Fact Sheet Generator: The factsheet generator (FSG) is a specialized web-based tool that allows you to customize your own nutrition factsheets with standardized, evidence-based key messages and supporting messages.
Coalition for Healthy School Food - is a Canadian network of non-profit organizations who are advocating for public investment and federal standards for a universal cost-shared school food program that would see all children having daily access to healthy food at school. The website includes research on the benefits of nutritious food for students.
Teach Food First: An Educator’s Toolkit for Exploring Canada’s Food Guide with K-8 Students.
This toolkit was developed by the Ministry of Health and the BC Centre for Disease Control in partnership with public health dietitians, BC teachers, and Indigenous Knowledge Keepers.
Learning from the Land (2021) - This toolkit is a written compilation of resources and stories highlighting programs related to Indigenous plants and pedagogy.
Spring Harvest Crop Cards: Learn about planting and growing spring crops with these fun crop cards that include information and classroom activities about radishes, lettuce, bok choy, kale, spinach, and peas.
Fall Harvest Crop Cards: Learn about planting and growing fall crops with these fun crop cards that include information and classroom activities about tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, carrots, squash, beans, peas, and garlic.
Breakfast Club of Canada
Works with partners from all sectors across Canada to deliver quality school food programs and advocate for a national school food program. Their website has multiple resources for schools and is where schools can apply for funding.
Weight Neutral Approaches to CSH
Weight-neutral approaches to Comprehensive School Health resources and research references curated by Elizabeth Tingle, University of Calgary instructor and presenter, and advocate for weight-neutral health promotion in school settings. She is also a co-hosts a podcast series - The Podclass: Conversations on School Health at teacherfanclub.com
Tobacco & Vaping
Selkirk College Nursing Students Vaping Project: Thank you to third-year nursing students, Kass Swankey and Ali D'Onofrio for their hard work creating an SD 20 Drug Literacy Toolkit. To check out the drug literacy (vaping prevention) toolkit please click the button below.
Tobacco & Vaping
Clearing the Air: Youth Research Slam -BC Youth-Led research project about vaping by the McCreary Centre Society
Drug & Gambling Literacy
Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research: Resources on Understanding Drug use and Gambling, Facilitating Dialogue in the Classroom, iMind Lesson plans, Professional Learning, Policy, student and parent resources
Here to Help: Mental Health and Substance Use information resource library.
Tobacco & Vaping
Quash is a smoking and vaping cessation app, powered by the Lung Health Foundation. It’s specifically designed to help youth (14-19) quit and quit for good.
There are two versions of the Quash program that can be used separately or together, depending on the needs of the young person trying to quit:
iMINDS: The website is a collection of resources for schools related to substance use and gambling. The lesson ideas fit well within the scope of BC’s K-12 curriculum with its emphasis on core and curricular competencies.
The Youth Cannabis Awareness Program (YCAP) offers free programming to youth aged 12 to 24, as well as adults (parents/guardians and professionals) involved in the lives of youth. Informed by protective factors contributing to youth mental health, YCAP provides a multi-faceted approach to increase knowledge and skills supporting positive youth development.
Positive Mental Health- Interior Health Toolkit: Programs and Lesson Plan Information; Websites and Resources for Students, Parents and Teachers; Guest Speakers; Reports; and Resources for Families
Mental Health & Media Literacy
Searchlight: Directory of local services
Family Action Network (FAN): Health and Development Services
Trail FAIR: offers family resources, counselling, crisis and legal assistance and other community services.
Castlegar Community Services: provides multiple services to Castlegar and the area.
Foundry centres and Foundry’s provincial virtual services offer drop-in and scheduled counselling and peer support, primary care, employment support and groups for young people aged 12-24 and their caregivers across B.C. No referrals are required and all services are free and confidential. Please distribute information about Foundry services to your students as needed and support them with accessing a centre or registering for an account on the Foundry BC App.
Teach Mental Health - UBC
School mental health literacy has four unique but integrated components:
Understanding how to optimize and maintain good mental health,
Understanding mental disorders and their treatments,
Decreasing stigma, and
Increasing health-seeking efficacy.
McCreary Centre Society - 2018 Report Release and resources. On March 25th, McCreary Centre Society will release Doing Okay? Checking in on the mental health of BC youth. The report shares data from the 2018 BC Adolescent Health Survey (AHS) on youth mental health and will be available for download at www.mcs.bc.ca
erase is all about building safe and caring school communities. This includes empowering students, parents, educators and the community partners who support them to get help with challenges, report concerns to schools, and learn about complex issues facing students.
Mental Health Service Directory for Youth in Interior Health
Click on a link below for a description of that service and to find a Mental Health & Substance Use Centre near you.
Confident Parents - Thriving Kids: This Behaviour Program is grounded in the Parent Management Training – Oregon Model developed by Implementation Sciences International Inc.
MediaSmarts has been developing digital and media literacy programs and resources for Canadian homes, schools and communities since 1996. They offer K-12 resources that cover a wide range of issues arising from digital media that can easily integrate into the existing curriculum.
Mindfulness Toolkit: Simple, easy-to-implement exercises that you can use in your classroom to foster mindfulness, self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Kelty Mental Health: Resource library on mindfulness including videos, apps, tools and podcasts.
Mindfulness & Sleep Hygiene
Sexual Health Education & Child Protection
Interior Health- Resources for Teachers: Teaching Sexual Health Education; Sexual Health Information and Lesson Plans by Grade Level and Topic; Online Resources; Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Resources; and Resources to order.
Body Science Make and Takes is a collaboration between SD20 teachers and Katherine Kimmerly
Community Resources: Comprehensive directory of local resources in the West Kootenays. E.g. Options for Sexual Health Clinics, helplines and counselling.