Westmount's Health and Wellness Committee has made some exciting and interesting advances. Our committee work is based upon a community development model and thus has many partners. Our guiding factors to improve our community’s health and wellness involve focused improvements in three main areas:
- Active living (AL)
- Healthy eating (HE) and
- Positive social environments (PSE).
We used recommendations from Alberta Health and Wellness to develop our plan and applied for a grant from the Alberta Healthy School Community Wellness Fund. This is a competitive grant that helps schools from both financial and organizational perspectives. We just received notice that our grant application was successful and we have been awarded $10,000. The grant application involves the integration of Adventure Education (AE) and Outdoor Education/ Environmental (OEE) programs into our school to help reduce our hypoactive population while improving social and emotional health. Our partners to help realize our short-term and long-term objectives includes the Eco tourism and Outdoor Leadership Applied Degree at Mount Royal University, Ever Active Schools , YMCA, Oilfield High School, Alberta Health Services and Outward Bound Canada. These exciting partnerships support Westmount’s effort to enhance our affective curriculum support.
An important initiative of Alberta Education is Daily Physical Activity (DPA). We have gladly welcomed this initiative over the past number of years, and ensure that all students from K-9 are engaged in half an hour of daily physical activity. We encourage an active lifestyle for our grade 10-12s as well, through Phys Ed 10-20-30 classes, school teams and coaching, and school activities organized by our Health and Wellness committee.
Click here for an outline of Mr Hooper's Dec 6/10 presentation to School Council re Health & Wellness
18 November 2012