Alberta Organizations who Support Healthy School Communities
Alberta school communities and school jurisdictions recognize that healthy students are better learners and are moving forward with strategies to support the healthy development of their students. Several organizations are available to enhance the health and well being of children and youth in Alberta by supporting the creation of healthy school communities. This document provides a brief outline of who these organizations are, and what support they can offer to your school community or jurisdiction.
Be Fit For Life Network
The Be Fit For Life Network strives to be leaders in promoting self-responsibility among Albertans to be physically active wherever they live, work and play. Our mission is to get Albertans moving by providing high-quality services, education, and resources across multiple demographics, sectors, and regions. Be Fit For Life Centres are located in nine college and university campuses across Alberta. At school, work, home, or in your community we work with you to support a program or initiative that fits your needs and resources.
Phone: (780) 492-4435
Learn more about the Be Fit For Life Network here
Ever Active Schools
Ever Active Schools (EAS) is a provincial program designed to assist schools in addressing and creating active healthy school communities. EAS is available to all school communities; the program contributes to the healthy development of children and youth by fostering social and physical environments that support improving the quality and quantity of active healthy living programs in Alberta schools.
Phone: (780)454-4745 (Edmonton office) (403) 210-6012 (Calgary office)
Learn more about Ever Active Schools here
Alberta Health Services - Health Promotion Coordinators
Many Alberta Health Services staff members work to support the health of children and youth, including the Healthy Weights Initiative Health Promotion Coordinators (HPCs). The HPCs use a Comprehensive School Health approach to promote healthy eating, active living and positive well-being in school-aged children and youth. HPCs are located across the province and focus on working with school districts, as well as school communities.
Learn more about Health Promotion Coordinators here
Health and Physical Education Council - Regional Representatives
The Health and Physical Education Council (HPEC), as a professional organization of teachers, advocates for quality health and physical education programs and provides opportunities for professional growth and development of its members. HPEC is committed to providing leadership in creating healthy, active school communities.
Learn more about the Health and Physical Education Council here
Active for Life
Active for Life is the place where parents go to learn about activities for kids. Physical education leads to physical literacy, which is critical for child development. Physical literacy also gives active kids the best chance to someday compete in high-performance sport. Kids activities are organized by age and gender, so parents can find fun and engaging ways of making sure their children get the recommended daily amount of physical activity. Activities for toddlers are aimed at the development of fundamental movement skills, while activities for children build on the fundamentals to establish more complex sports skills that can be used to play any number of sports and activities. Exercises for kids enhance their physical development. In the early stages of child growth, early childhood development is dependent on appropriate exercises for children. Because kids' play is good for kids' health.
Learn more about Active for Life here
Alberta Healthy School Community Wellness Fund
The objective of the Alberta Healthy School Community Wellness Fund is to enhance the health and well being of school-aged children and youth within Alberta school communities through support of projects which address healthy eating, active living and positive social environments using a Comprehensive School Health approach.
Learn more about the Alberta Healthy Schools Community Wellness Fund here
Healthy U was developed as a public information and education campaign to support and encourage Albertans to lead healthier lifestyles by providing them with access to information on healthy eating and active living. This section will introduce you to the programs, events, and resources provided to the province of Alberta by Healthy U.
Learn more about Healthy U here
ParticipAction - Get moving Get living!
Hey Canada, by moving more and having fun, we can become a healthier country. This site is filled with tips to help you – and your family – get moving, along with the latest news and research about physical activity.
Learn more about ParticipAction here
Alberta Centre for Active Living Partners
The Alberta Active Living Partners (AALP) is a group of 14 active living organizations that collaborate through programs, services, research, and advocacy to help Albertans be physically active. The AALP works in partnership to achieve the vision of the Active Alberta Policy: Albertans enjoy a high quality of life, improved health and wellness, strong communities, economic benefits and personal fulfillment through recreation, active living, and sport.
Learn more about the Alberta Centre for Active Living Partners here
The Alberta Sport Development Center - Northwest
The ASDC-NW provides services to elite athletes from northwest Alberta which will help take them to the next level in their sport. The northwest Centre is a result of a partnership between Grande Prairie Regional College and the Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks, and Wildlife Foundation (ASRPWF).
Learn more about the ASDC-NW here
Grande Prairie Sport Council
The GPSC will facilitate the implementation of the Sport Tourism Strategy. GPSC supports the enhancement and development of sport within GP and area. The GPSC will promote CS4L in Grande Prairie and Area. The GPSC will facilitate effective communication and relationship building among GP sport organizations and other key stakeholders, including the City of GP, the County of GP
Learn more about the Grande Prairie Sport Council here
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