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Issue 9 Winter 2011


to Breakfast

What promotes healthy eating, physical

activity and learning

It’s the TD Canada Trust Kids Eat Smart Province-Wide Walk to Breakfast

and on October 22nd over 20,000 students, along with teachers,

volunteers, businesses, and community members across Newfoundland and

Labrador took to their feet and at the same time raised awareness and funds

for Kids Eat Smart Clubs.

Now in its sixth year, participants walked in their community, around their

school, or in their gym and enjoyed a nutritious breakfast served by volunteers.

Employees of TD Canada Trust, the title sponsor for the sixth consecutive year,

and Kids Eat Smart staff and board members also joined students at various

schools. Scotsburn Dairy and General Mills helped sponsor the walk.

For more information on Kids Eat Smart

Foundation or Kids Eat Smart Clubs in your area:

1-877-722-1996 |

In this issue

2 Living Healthy In Action

7 Chatterbox

What is Health Promotion

8 Healthy Things to Know

A “Healthier Me” at St. Anne’s School in

South East Bight

St. Anne's School in South East Bight had a great Living Healthy Commotion

which started with setting individual goals for a Healthier Me. Students set

personal goals for improving their overall health for the school year and placed

their goals in an envelope. During the year students will write reminder notes

and posters to add to the wall where the envelopes are stored. This refreshes

their goals in their minds and inspires them to work towards achieving their

goals. Towards the end of the year they will open the envelope and see if they

have met their goal and to what degree. During the Commotion there was also

a walk around the town, a fitness video dance, and bobbing for apples. There

were discussions on healthy choices as students designed posters and enjoyed

Fruit KaBobs with yogurt for dipping as a snack at the end of the day. A fun

filled, educational day was had by all.

A Healthy Halloween at

St. Francis

This year St. Francis School in Harbour

Grace held their Healthy Commotion

to coincide with Halloween.

Students were treated to fruit and

veggie snacks for recess which

provided them with a healthier

alternative to the traditional Halloween

treats. They finished off the afternoon by

dancing to a variety of action songs in their Halloween Costumes!

Living Healthy Commotion Day at All

Hallows Elementary

The Living Healthy Commotion Day at All Hallows Elementary jump

started with a healthy breakfast provided, prepared and served by

the school breakfast team and the Brigus United Church

Volunteer group. All students then moved to the gym for

an assembly where Ticker Tom discussed the importance

of being active and eating healthy. The assembly

finished with a fitness dance that got everyone moving

and ready to participate in activity stations that were set up

on the school grounds. The primary students participated after

recess and the elementary after lunch. Overall it was an active and fun

filled day.


Mount Pearl Intermediate’s Character

Counts / Healthy Living Commotion

On October 29, 2010 Mount Pearl Intermediate (MPI) held their

Character Counts kick-off and Healthy Living

Commotion. The day started off with a lesson

on Character Education and the Six Pillars of

the Character Counts program. All students

and staff then assembled in the gym for a

rally and game of Character Counts tag.

After Recess the Elementary students

participated in MPI Survivor where tribes

competed for the “Be Active”, “Eat Healthy” and “Be

Smoke Free” idols. Junior High students then participated in team events,

including a relay race, dodge ball and tug of war. Healthy snacks were provided

for everyone at recess. School spirit was high and the hallways were a sea of

colour as staff and students sported colours to represent their Character Counts

team. It was a great day for everyone!

Happy Healthy Halloween at St. Peter’s

Junior High

Friday October 29 students at St. Peter’s Junior High streamed outside dressed in

house colours to join a school wide conga line with their super enthusiastic

teachers and Rod Stockley from Coast 101.1. They all danced the YMCA, Bird

Song and practiced their monster walks to the Monster Mash. A cameo

appearance by Elvis aka G, was a disturbing delight indeed. The Healthy

Commotion ended outside with a Thriller dance tutorial by Rod Stockley leaving

students and staff pretty pumped for the next parking lot party!! The fun

continued with a sock hop in the gym with games, a costume contest, a jam

session with our rock star teachers and some healthy treats all around. Pythons


Living Healthy Commotions

On Wednesday, October 27th, 2010, Eastern School District hosted its 5th

annual Living Healthy Commotion. Living Healthy Commotions are schoolwide

celebrations that provide an opportunity for schools to highlight to

parents, school councils and community leaders how they are promoting

health by creating healthy school environments. Living Healthy

Commotions are a project of Healthy Students Healthy Schools and are

supported by:

• Department of Health and Community Services

• Department of Education

• Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation

Eastern School District

Eastern Health

Persalvic Students Enjoy Healthy Living

Commotion Day

The students of Persalvic in Victoria enjoyed a day full of physical activities, healthy

snacks and information on nutrition as part of Living Healthy Commotion Day. The

day began with nutrition bingo and came to an end with the annual Terry Fox Walk.

Daily activities involved physical fitness stations, trivia challenges and a friendly

distance running competition for each class. The entire day was filled with laughter

and sheer excitement as staff and students enjoyed healthy snacks and physical

fitness together. Persalvic is committed to having its students live a healthy way of

life each and every day, not just for one day of the year.

The City of

Causes a Healthy Commotion

Living Healthy Commotion 2010, proved to be another great example of how

the Eastern School District embraces and supports healthy active schools. The

City of St. John’s, Department of Recreation welcomed the opportunity to be

part of a day that encourages healthy active living.

Department of Recreation staff were thrilled to not only visit and plan activities

for one school, but got the chance to meet teachers and students from six

schools. Vanier Elementary, St. Kevin’s High School, Prince of Wales Collegiate,

Macpherson Elementary, St. Paul’s Junior High and Virginia Park Elementary

participated in a variety of activities organized by the City of St. John’s.

Vanier Elementary and St. Paul’s Junior High wanted a little “Khaos” in their lives

with this active game that teaches the participants teamwork while learning

about Newfoundland and Labrador plants, animals and activities that our

province has to offer.

Debbie Shortall, Physical Education Teacher at Vanier Elementary says "The

morning worked out FANTASTIC for the teachers and especially the students.

Your staff were amazing. All so calm and ready to do whatever fit the kids

needs. You have a great group and their passion to teach and guide the

students towards active moving bodies in a creative and fun way really put the

icing on the cake.”

School spirit was literally bouncing off the walls at Prince of Wales

Collegiate as students and teachers took on the cooperative, easy

to play, aerobic game of Kinball in an all out battle with a four foot


Students from Macpherson Elementary were in a flurry of activity in their gym

that was filled with human sized snakes and ladders, connect four, balance and

reflex boards, bowling and twister to name a few.

St. Kevin’s High School students took a shot at Archery. After learning the basic

techniques they competed to see who came closest to the bull’s eye and to win

bragging rights of top shooter for their entire school. "The archery session was

fantastic, the students really enjoyed themselves!” says Geoff Robinson, the

Physical Education Teacher/Athletic Director.

The week ended on a high note with Virginia Park Elementary who put a little

frenzy in their day. Students took part in a high energy fitness adventure that

kept them moving from start to finish!!

This was a fantastic day for all involved and the Department of Recreation Staff

were full of compliments for the students and teachers they met throughout

their day. The connection with schools has become a integral part of the

Department of Recreation and to work with such great groups of teachers and

students makes this a very rewarding aspect of our work.

The City of St. John’s, Department of Recreation would like to thank schools for

allowing them to help keep children and youth active, have fun and live healthy

– Keep spreading the message!

For more information, please contact the City of St. John’s,

Department of Recreation at : 576-2574.

Winter 2011


An Active and Healthy Fall at Coley’s Point


Coley's Point Primary got a new school year off to an active, healthy start with emphasis on

"Eat Great, Participate." Throughout the month of October students participated in the

Terry Fox Run, Kids Eat Smart 6th annual Walk to Breakfast, the 5th annual Living Healthy

Commotion and outdoor fun. Early in the month, students were "treated" to fruit trays for

each class. A school wide pancake breakfast with milk and fruit was also enjoyed by all.

The pancake breakfast was made possible with the assistance of parent volunteers and

some guests who dropped by like the Mayor, Deputy Mayor, MP Scott Andrews, Senior

Education Officer, John Way, and the town's Recreation Director. The month ended with a

special Halloween treat prepared by the parent volunteers of veggie 'feline' skeletons.

St. John’s Schools Get Active in Their

Transportation Choices

The City of St. John’s, Department of Recreation and Engineering and Traffic

Division in partnership with the Eastern School District, Royal Newfoundland

Constabulary, Eastern Health and Department of Health is thrilled to introduce a

new and exciting pilot program called School Travel Planning.

St. Matthew’s Elementary, St. Mary’s Elementary, Cowan Heights Elementary,

Roncalli Elementary, Larkhall Academy, St. Andrew’s Elementary and Goulds

Elementary were the seven elementary schools chosen to be part of the two

year pilot program. Over 2400 students and their families will be potentially

impacted by being part of this program.

School Travel Planning (STP) is a community-based approach to increasing the

number of elementary school children choosing active transportation modes

such as walking and cycling to get to and from school, thereby reducing traffic

congestion at schools, improving air quality, decreasing climate change impacts,

and improving student physical fitness and alertness.

"St. Matthew's Elementary is thrilled to be part of the School Travel Planning

Pilot Program" says Principal Kyran Dwyer. "Even though we are only in the

data collection phase so far, some parents are already changing their travel

habits and making more of an effort to walk with their children to school.

Others are compromising and choosing to park a little further away and walking

the rest of the way. I look forward to seeing more positive outcomes like this as

a result of participating in this program."

Green Communities Canada has taken the lead role on this program and with

funding of $2.1 million from the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer and the

Public Health Agency of Canada, this has enabled School Travel Planning to

reach 120 schools; supporting healthier and happier lifestyles for students and

potentially reducing the incidence of chronic disease.

“Nearly 60 percent of children are being driven less than 2 km to school,” says

Jacky Kennedy, Director of Canada Walks, Green Communities Canada, “Over half

of parents whose children are currently driven see the option of their child

walking or biking to school as convenient and appealing. Clearly, there is

tremendous potential to shift school travel behaviour toward active choices, and

School Travel Planning is the model that can take us there.” This is such a

valuable program to our community and to all children. It is the first one of it’s

kind to be piloted in Newfoundland and Labrador and the results will be useful

for helping other schools implement and address School Travel issues.

The pilot schools have been very busy this fall conducting Classroom Hands Up

Surveys, distributing Family Surveys and conducting a Traffic, Pedestrian and

Cyclist Count. The results of this data collection is pouring in and will be used to

create an Action Plan specific for each school that will be significant in moving


Thirteen Elementary Schools in the St. John’s area also participated in

International Walk to School Month (IWALK), an annual, premier event of the

Active & Safe Routes to School program, that took place in October.

Congratulations to Larkhall Academy who won the $500.00 program

participation draw prize from the City of St. John’s. Keep up the great work and

lets make active and healthy choices part of our daily routine!

For more information, please contact the City of St. John’s, Department of

Recreation: 576-2574.


Harbour Grace Primary Walks to Breakfast

Students at Harbour Grace Primary participated in the Kids Eat Smart 6th annual provincewide

Walk to Breakfast. Due to inclement weather the walk took place in the corridors of the

school but this didn’t dampen spirits as a great time was had by all. Following the walk

students enjoyed a pancake breakfast. Many parents volunteered to cook while Senior

Education Officer Ray Noel of Avalon West helped serve pancakes to students.

St. Mark’s Hosts a “Hair

for the Cause” Event!

It all began with a generous offer and a well

timed suggestion! Constable Corey Benger, an

officer with the Bonavista detachment, visited

St. Mark’s and offered his head for shaving for any

fundraiser we may be planning. Coincidentally, a lady

from the “Relay for Life” organization in Bonavista

suggested that the school have a student team enter

the relay in September! When the students were

approached they pounced on the idea!

So on May 21, 2010, St. Mark’s hosted a fundraiser in their K-12 school! The

school used a number of initiatives to raise funds for their Relay for Life

fundraiser including hair shaving, collecting pledges and pieing teachers. Nine

students and Constable Benger collected sponsor money for their locks. Several

students who didn’t shave their heads collected for the cause too! The final tally

was $2100.00…a huge success for a small school of 123 students! St. Mark’s

would like to thank students, parents and staff for their Relay for Life event!

School Food Service Provider Workshops

School food service frontline staff are in a position to help students make

healthy food choices. Eastern Health and Eastern School District held School

Food Service Provider Workshops throughout the Fall. Frontline food service

staff from schools throughout the district were invited to attend a day-long

session which coincided with regional closeout dates. The session began with a

food safety presentation by regional Environmental Health Officers. Regional

Nutritionists and School Health Promotion Liaison Consultants then teamed up

to present and guide discussion of other topics. These topics included an

introduction to the revised School Food Guidelines, the role of the frontline

cafeteria staff in promoting the School Food Guidelines, as well as ideas to

encourage students to choose healthy food. The workshops were well-received.

Participants shared ideas they could use to help support the School Food

Guidelines and make healthy food the easy and popular choice.

Annual School Team Meeting: Eastern

Health Staff Learning about Best Practices

in Health Promotion

In the Avalon West, Burin and Vista regions of Eastern School District, Eastern

Health staff are organized into School Teams. The purpose of an Eastern Health

School Team is to coordinate the services and programs available to schools from

Eastern Health using a multi-disciplinary approach. Eastern Health School

Teams are available to help schools plan, implement and evaluate school health

initiatives. On June 4, 2010, Eastern Health School Teams came together to

celebrate and reflect on their work with schools throughout the year. This

Annual School Team Meeting focused on supporting staff in their work around

health promotion. Eastern Health School Teams spent some time discussing

how staff can support schools in applying for Healthy Schools Grants.

In addition Eastern Health School Teams looked at best practice approaches in

supporting healthy relationships and positive body image. Lots of new

information and activities were shared which made for a great day. If a school

would like more information on their Eastern Health School Team, please email

Colleen Kearley

Macdonald Drive Junior High Roadrunners!

MacDonald Drive Junior High is running, running and running! Last year on

Monday, Wednesday and Friday of every week, rain or shine, 15-20 grade seven

and grade eight students ran different routes around the east end of St. John’s

for approximately one hour. Students learned to eat healthier and understand

the importance of being active. The runners became a competitive, avid runners

group who felt mentally, physically and socially a whole

lot better. Students were getting in shape and having a

blast doing so! There was also a “Learn to Run” Group

at Macdonald Drive Junior High for staff and students

who are just learning to run on Monday’s and

Wednesday’s. Staff and students worked together to

eat healthier and be more physically fit. Macdonald

Drive Junior High Roadrunners promote healthy living

and challenge students to new heights!

Winter 2011


Tips on making Eastern Active Schools

part of your school culture:

• Reflect on those activities which you like the most

• Think of how you can incorporate current outcomes into those


• Look to your students for direction. Have them come up with

an activity…students can also learn from their peers

• Keep your Eastern Active Schools bin close to your desk where

you can see it. If you forget it, your students won’t!

• Have your class choose an activity they like doing

• Schedule activity breaks throughout the day

• Assign active homework for students. This can include digital

photo hunts where students need to take pictures of things

that they are learning about, a walking observation of things

learned in class or bringing classroom games home to play with

parents and/or siblings.

• Incorporate activities into school wide events such as literacy

and project peace days

• Keep in touch with your Eastern Active Schools Coordinator for

new activities and ideas or to schedule a visit to your classroom

786-7182 ext. 277 |

Eastern Active Schools Expansion

Throughout Eastern School District, schools have been implementing the

Eastern Active Schools program as a way to provide students with the

opportunity to learn through activity. Eastern Active Schools is a fun,

non-competitive program in which the classroom teacher incorporates 20

minutes of curriculum-linked activity in the classroom each day.

Although Eastern Active Schools was developed for K-6 grade levels,

many intermediate and high schools are incorporating the concept of

teaching through activity into their lessons.


1) Write statements (factual or fictional) on cue cards equal to

the number of students in the class.

2) Explain the difference between a fact and something that

is fiction.

3) Have the students decide independently if the statement

on their card is a fact or fiction.

4) On a board write fact on one side and fiction on the other.

5) Have each student, one at a time go to the board and stand

under the heading they think their statement falls under.

6) Once they choose their heading they have to pick an

activity to do (i.e. running on the spot)

7) They have to do this activity until someone new joins their

group and changes the activity.

8) Once the activity is changed, all group members must do

the same activity as the new group member

9) Once the last person has chosen their heading and joined

their group the activity will continue for 10-15 seconds.

10) After the activity stops, have each child read the statement

on their cue card and give reasons as to why they thought

their statement was fact or fiction.

**This activity can be applied to any subject. You can put

math problems or equations on cards, statements about

people/historical figures or describe processes in

nature/science. It also gives each student a chance to come up

with their own activity/response and gives them a chance to

socialize with their peers.

Through funding from the Provincial Government, Eastern School District

will be expanding to more than 20 new schools this school year. Through

this funding, classroom teachers at these schools received Eastern Active

Schools training, activity resource kits and activity manuals.


Health Promotion is a hot topic these days. For this edition of

Chatterbox we decided to call on Regional Health Promotion

Manager of Eastern Health, Bernadette Duffett to discuss the

topic of Health Promotion as it relates to school health.

How does Health Promotion happen in schools

Health Promotion happens in schools when there are safe and enjoyable

environments for children to play and learn.

What is Health Promotion

Health Promotion is the process of enabling people to increase

control over and to improve their health.

School health promotion focuses on actions that maintain or

improve the health of students, teachers and families in the

school environment. Health Promotion can help to break down

the barriers that affect some people’s ability to make healthy

choices for themselves.

Health Promotion happens when there are rules and policies

that keep health in mind eg. School Food Guidelines; non smoking policies;

active and healthy living policy

Health Promotion happens when support, education and information is

available to help teachers make healthier choices for their school eg PD days

on Active Schools; and availability of grants to do health promotion

initiatives in your school

Health Promotion happens in school through the Comprehensive School

Health Framework (CSH).

Who is available to support health

promotion efforts in schools

There are many resources to help schools in health

promotion efforts from community organizations, to

on line resources. In particular, Eastern Health staff

including: the Health Promotion Division, School

Teams and Public Health Nurses are a direct link to

schools in their Health Promotion efforts.

Why do we need Comprehensive School Health Framework

Health and Education are interdependent: healthy students are better learners, and

better educated individuals are healthier.

The Comprehensive School Health Framework (CSH):

• Recognizes that healthy young people learn better and achieve more

• Understands that schools can directly influence students’ health and behaviours

• Encourages healthy lifestyle choices, and promotes students health and well


• Incorporates health into all aspects of school and learning

• Links health and education issues and systems

• Needs the participation and support of families and the community at large.

A team of Health Promotion consultants are located

throughout the region. Contact Health Promotion

Division St.John’s 752-4910 or Health Promotion

Division Clarenville 466-6334 to get more

information and/or contact your School Health

Promotion Liaison Consultant to access support for

health promotion initiatives.

Winter 2010



How Can ACT help you

ACT (Alliance for the Control of Tobacco) is a partnership of both

government and non-government

organizations, dedicated to reducing the

negative health, economic, and

environmental effects of tobacco use

in Newfoundland & Labrador.

Together with its partners, ACT is

responsible for developing,

implementing and monitoring the

Tobacco Reduction Strategy which sets out a

coordinated plan for tobacco control activities in the Province.

ACT’s four major goals are:

• Prevention - preventing people from starting to smoke.

• Protection - protecting people from the harmful effects of second

hand smoke.

• Cessation - helping smokers quit smoking and remain smoke free.

• Denormalization - positioning smoking so that it is no longer the

norm in society.

ACT Grant Program

The ACT grant program can be accessed any time throughout the year

to support tobacco control/reduction projects in communities and

schools around the Province. Please do not hesitate to contact ACT if

you have an idea for a project that connects to the Tobacco Reduction

Strategy. ACT is open to discussing any project you might have in mind

to determine if it is something they could assist with financially or in

kind. They have designed the process to be as simple as possible.

Please call Melissa: 709-753-0079 with any questions or to discuss

your idea.

Presentations to Classes

Please contact the ACT office for more information.

Resources for Students

ACT is able to provide resources such as lesson plans, brochures and

pamphlets. As well as ACT may be able to assist you by offering some

promotional items if your school is participating in a healthy, active,

smoke-free activity.

For More Information



Eastern School District Passes Active and

Healthy Living Policy

In 2008, after consultation with all stakeholders, the Eastern School District of

Newfoundland and Labrador identified “healthy and active, safe and caring, and

socially-just learning environments” as one of its strategic issues for the next three

years. From this issue the objective of developing an action plan, by June, 2010, to

promote healthy and active living was established. A significant indicator of success

in achieving this objective is the recent passing of the District’s Active and Healthy

Living policy. With this passing and subsequent implementation, the Eastern School

District is one of the first, if not the first, school districts in Canada to develop a

policy with the primary focus of student and staff wellness through the positive

integration of physical activity and wellness pursuits. To quote directly from the

policy statement;

“Promoting physical activity and positive nutritional practices in schools is a sound

investment in education that has been recognized as a vital component of the

“Comprehensive School Health Framework.” Active and healthy living should be

incorporated throughout the whole school with actions addressing the social and

physical environment, teaching and learning, partnerships and services, and school


With this policy in place schools now have access to a supporting framework from

which to build and incorporate activity based programs and initiatives that support

the learning environment such as; hosting school wide ‘Living Healthy’ events,

teaching academic curriculum outcomes through physical activity, creating and

improving physical environments to support healthy and active lifestyle, and

partnering with community health and recreation groups. In doing so, the school

can serve as a launching platform for positive active and healthy living messages

beyond the school walls to the community and the home.

Handling Stress: DVD Resource Available

Stress comes in many forms for teenagers, from exam anxiety to being the

victim of bullying. Options for dealing with these situations are explored in

this 30 minute Discovery School DVD, suitable for Grades 9 -12. Teacher

guide included.

To find out how to borrow a copy, contact the Health Promotion Resource

Centre, Eastern Health in your area.

St. John’s & area

709-752-4907 | hpresourcecentre.stjohn’

Rural Eastern Region

709-229-1578 |

Vision and Hearing Screening

When treatable problems go undetected, a child’s ability to learn may suffer

and their social development and safety may be compromised. The Community

Health Nurse assigned to your school is able to screen vision and hearing and if any deficits are identified, can

make referral/recommendation for full evaluation by a doctor or specialist. This is only possible by the full written consent of the parent or legal guardian. Ask

your school nurse for the correct consent form. It is only necessary to screen a child every second school year, so if your student had been screened in the last

school year, the school nurse will not rescreen this year. And if your student has already been seen by a doctor or specialist for vision (e.g. wears glasses)

and/or hearing, please do not contact your school nurse for screening as the child would have already been thoroughly examined and appropriately treated. It

may be a good idea for your school to set a monthly date with your school nurse for the screenings. This would ensure that there is an adequate space

available to properly conduct the screening (e.g. quiet and well lit with table and chairs).

Supporting Schools Implement Eastern School District’s Nutrition Policy

Eastern School District, Eastern Health and the Provincial Government have been working collaboratively to support schools

with the implementation of Eastern School District’s Nutrition Policy. Here’s how:

Brand Name Food List

The Brand Name Food List removes the guesswork when planning

refreshments for school events! The Brand Name Food List provides a list

of locally available foods which fit into the Serve Most and Serve

Moderately categories of the School Food Guidelines as well as a listing of

foods which do not meet current Guidelines. For the current Brand Name

Food List, visit:

Food and Beverage Item Review Process

Feeling challenged trying to determine if and when a food item fits with

the School Food Guidelines With all the new food items coming on the

market, it can be quite confusing for administrators and caterers to

determine if and where a food item fits. To support schools, the Provincial

Government has developed a review process to help with these

challenges. If a school administrator or caterer has a food item which they

would like reviewed, they can complete and submit the Food/Beverage

Item Review Form. The submission deadlines are January 31, April 30,

August 31 and October 31 of every year. Regional Nutritionists across the

province will assess each submission and notify schools if the item meets

the School Food Guidelines. For more information the food and beverage

review process, to view items which have already been assessed or to

download the review form, visit:

Request for Proposal (RFP) for Food Services

Having trouble determining if your school menu meets Eastern School

District’s Nutrition Policy There is now more support available to help

ensure that the food and beverages served and sold in schools are healthy

choices. Eastern School District and Eastern Health now have a mandatory

menu review process incorporated into the Request for Proposal (RFP) for

Food Services. This process is required for all new contracts. Existing

contracts are not required to go through this process until renewal, but a

school can still request to have their menu reviewed by the Regional

Nutritionist to ensure it meets the School Food Guidelines.

Thank you for your continued cooperation as we strive to create a school

environment that supports healthy eating. If you have any questions

regarding this process please contact your School Health Promotion

Liaison Consultant:

Avalon East

Tracy English



Avalon West, Burin & Vista

Krista Manning

709-786-7182, ext. 345 |

Winter 2011


Healthy Snack Ideas for After School Events

School Sports NL has partnered with Eat Great and Participate to raise awareness about the importance of physical activity and healthy eating and to increase

healthy food and beverage choices in recreation, sport and community settings across Newfoundland and Labrador.

If your school is hosting an after school event such as a sport tournament, here are some healthy food and beverage suggestions for your canteen/ kiosk.

Suggestions are based on the School Food Guidelines. For more information check out the Brand Name Food List at

• 100% fruit or vegetable juice

• Fresh fruit (e.g. bananas,

clementines, apples)

• Cut-up fresh fruit served with

yogurt in a small Dixie cup

• 100% dried fruit leathers, raisins

or other dried fruit mixes

• Vegetable sticks served with

low-fat dip

• White or chocolate milk

(skim, 1% or 2%)

• Cheese strings or individual

cheese portions

• Yogurt

• Milk-based puddings

• Sandwiches filled with

tuna, salmon, turkey, chicken or

egg salad

• Home-made chicken or beef soup

• Chili, baked beans or pea soup

• Seeds, nuts or nut butters (refer

to your school’s allergy policy)

• Hummus with flat bread or pita

• Cereal bars

• Low fat, high fibre muffins

• Whole grain breads, rolls or

pita pockets

• Fig bars, animal crackers

or graham wafers

• Pasta salad

• Small bagels


Healthy eating and physical activity help our

children be the best they can be.

For more information about Eat Great and Participate:

709-729-4432 |

Eat Well and Be Active

Educational Toolkit

Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada

have launched the Eat Well and Be Active Educational

Toolkit. This toolkit is designed to support those who

teach groups of children and adults about healthy eating

and physical activity, and encourage individuals to take

action to maintain and improve their health. The Toolkit

includes the Eat Well and Be Active Every Day educational

poster, downloadable activity plans as well as healthy

eating and physical activity images and tips. The Eat Well

and Be Active Educational Toolkit is available at:

Belonging makes a difference!

To belong: to have a proper, appropriate, or suitable place; to be naturally

associated with something; to fit into a group naturally – Webster’s New

Collegiate Dictionary

Take a moment. Think back to when you were a young child at a family

gathering or meeting one of your parents’ friends. After you told all the

grown-ups how old you were, what was the question that almost always

came next Without a doubt, it was something like … What grade are you

in or what is your teacher’s name How do you like school One of the most

basic human needs is the need to be a part of a group; to belong. This is true

at any age, but perhaps more so during the childhood and adolescent years.

Children and youth who have a strong sense of belonging tend to have

higher levels of self-esteem, which in turn has a positive impact on health

and well-being ( Medical News Today, 2009).

Given the time that children spend in the school setting, schools are

positioned to provide this much needed sense of belonging. In today’s

society where other sources of belonging, such as family and community

may be lessened, the role of the school is increasingly important. Having a

sense of belonging, or connectedness to a classroom or school is also

essential for learning (Beck and Malley,1998). Research has shown that

students who are connected to school have better overall health, engage in

healthier behaviour and do better academically when compared to students

with less connectedness.

So, what exactly is school connectedness School connectedness is the

extent to which students feel personally accepted, respected, included, and

supported by others in the school and classroom. (Goodenow,1993)

Students who feel a sense of belonging or connectedness

to their school feel:

• Like a real part of the school

• Noticed when they’re good at something

• Teachers are interested in them

• Included in lots of school activities

• They are treated with as much respect as other students

• Proud to belong to the school

• There is at least one teacher or adult in the school they can talk to

(Shochet,and Wurfl, 2008)

School belonging is created by the relationships that exist in the school. The

first that comes to mind and perhaps the most influential in terms of

belonging is the teacher –student relationship. The bond with other school

staff and administrators, and fellow students is significant too.

Schools in our region recognize the value that developing a sense of

belonging or connectedness has on the health, well-being and successful

learning of children. Initiatives such as Safe and Caring Schools and Healthy

Students Healthy Schools help to create a positive and respectful environment

for relationships to grow and flourish.

Administrators, teachers, staff, students and parents all have a role to play.

Think about what you can do to enhance belonging in your school! Check

out the following links for more information:


Healthy Students Healthy Schools Display for Parents/Guardians

Are you interested in providing parents/guardians with healthy living tips for their families If so, why not sign out the Healthy Students

Healthy Schools (HSHS) Display for Parents/Guardians for your Curriculum Night or Parent-Teacher Interviews. The HSHS Display provides

information to parents on eating healthy, being active and living tobacco-free. There are two versions: one for K-6 and one for 7-12. The

HSHS Display is a joint project of Eastern Health and Eastern School District. For more information, please contact:

Avalon East

Tracy English, School Health Promotion Liaison Consultant

709-758-2388 |

Avalon West, Burin & Vista

Krista Manning, School Health Promotion Liaison Consultant

709-786-7182, ext. 345 |

Winter 2011


Sodium: What’s Shaking

Did you know that there is a Sodium (salt) Reduction Strategy for Canada The average

person in this country consumes 3,400 mg of sodium per day while the recommended intake for

people ages 9 – 55 is actually 1,500 mg and is less for those outside this age range. The

national Sodium Working Group (SWG) has established a goal of 2,300 mg as the average daily

sodium intake in Canada by 2016. The path to reducing the salt in our diets involves important

partnerships with the food and beverage industry, research, as well as learning how to make

healthy choices. This list of simple tips can help you get started:

Sodium / Sodium 860 mg 36%

• Use Canada's Food Guide and the Nutrition Facts table to help lower your sodium intake. Eating Well with Canada's

Food Guide recommends choosing foods from each food group that are lower in sodium and preparing foods with

little or no added salt. You can get a free copy of the guide at your local public health office or on the Health Canada


• Check the percentage of the Daily Value (%DV) for sodium on food labels. The %DV tells you at a glance if

there is a lot or a little of a nutrient in that specific amount of food. Use the %DV to compare food


• Choose fresh, unprocessed foods to eat or prepare at home in place of

prepackaged, convenience foods and choose plenty of fruits and

vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are also higher in potassium which is

a factor in reducing the risk of high blood pressure.

• Look for foods with claims such as "salt-free" (less than 5 mg of sodium

per serving), "low in sodium" (140 mg of sodium or less per serving), or

"reduced in sodium" (at least 25 percent less than the regular product).

• Remember that there is no need to add salt to children's food. Check the

Nutrition Facts table to help choose foods aimed at children that are lower

in sodium.

• When dining out, order dressings and sauces on the side and use sparingly.

Before you eat at a fast food restaurant, ask for nutrition information to see

how much sodium is in the food on their menu. Many chains now make

nutrition information available online or posted in their outlets.

More information about sodium can be found on the Health Canada website: or from your Regional Nutritionist within your Regional

Public Health Office.

Editorial Board

• Tracy English • Melissa Caravan

• Krista Manning • Cindy Saunders

• Bernadette Duffett

special thanks

• All who contributed to this edition

• The Editorial Board

• Strategic Communications Department, Eastern Health

• St. Clare’s Print Shop, Eastern Health

We’re on the Web!

If you have a submission for the next edition of Living Healthy News please send it by

Monday, March 14, 2011 to:

Tracy English, School Health Promotion Liaison Consultant – Avalon East

758-2388 |


Krista Manning, School Health Promotion Liaison Consultant – Burin, Vista & Western

786-7182, ext. 345 |

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