Healthy Schools Overview
In April, 2005, Langley’s Board of Education passed Policy 5001-Nutrition. This replaced existing policy and aligned the district’s ongoing efforts to promote healthy eating habits with directions being taken by the Ministry of Education. The district has also struck a Health Promoting Schools Steering Committee, which brings together staff, parents, community agencies and businesses in a continuing effort to improve nutrition and fitness levels in school communities. Langley School District agrees fully with the key ideas of the Ministry of Education’s Healthy Schools Network:
- Healthy children are better able to learn.
- School’s can directly influence children’s health.
Health Promoting schools build improved nutrition and physical activity into their daily routines. They make a conscious effort to raise the level of physical and mental health throughout the community by modeling choices and by informing students, parents and staff about opportunities for improving overall fitness. Key documents related to Health Promoting Schools initiatives in Langley include:
What is a Health Promoting School?
Health Promoting Schools build improved nutrition and physical activity into their daily routines. They make a conscious effort to raise the level of physical and mental health throughout the community by modeling choices and by informing students, parents and staff about opportunities for improving overall fitness.
Healthy Links and More Information
MEND–A Healthy Lifestyle Program is now in Langley
MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition…Do It!) is a FREE, fun, healthy living program for children aged 7-13 who are above a healthy weight. It is a 10 week family-based education program designed to help children and their families get fitter, healthier and happier. The program facilitates safe, effective and lasting lifestyle changes by improving children’s physical activity levels, nutrition and self-esteem.
For information on upcoming programs or to register contact: The Willoughby Community Centre at 604.455.8821 or email Kristyne at firstname.lastname@example.org
Healthy Eating BC – HealthlinkBC
Every day, we make choices about the food we eat and our lifestyles. We can make choices for ourselves and our families that make a real difference to our ability to remain healthy and active now, and enjoy life to its fullest in the future. Healthy eating promotes and supports social, physical, and mental wellbeing for everyone, at all ages and stages of life.
Visit the Healthy Eating page for more information.
YouTube Channel for My Health, My Community.
Your voice for a healthier community. Please tell us your thoughts.
Launched by Fraser Health, Vancouver Coastal Health and the UBC eHealth Strategy Office, the My Health My Community survey hopes to learn how lifestyle, local environment, neighbourhood and daily interactions affect health over time. This information can be used by local governments to shape future programs and services that could directly impact you and your family. For example, information on busy roads, neighbourhood safety or nearby green spaces can help planners plot traffic patterns, parks or community facilities.
Events and Activities
Healthy Schools Workshops – There are a number of workshops upcoming on healthy schools. Find out about: Lunch Box Olympics; Drug Trends: a District Perspective; Diabetes Information and Prevention; and Action Schools! BC Classroom Action by phoning 604-534-7891.
Fruit & Vegetable Snack Program – Participating schools serve up tasty treats of fruits and vegetables, prepared by school coordinators. For more information contact British Columbia Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation at 604-556-3088 or follow the link below.