Subject: Healthy Schools Connection Newsletter - May 2019

Volume 19 Issue 3
Micro-grants for Cannabis and Vaping awareness activities

Do you have a great idea to raise awareness about the health effects of cannabis and/or risks of vaping? This is your opportunity to make a positive difference!
Health Canada is offering micro-funding for innovative projects that provide education and/or awareness about the health effects of cannabis and/or risks of vaping.

Individuals 16 and over, and non-profit organizations (including schools) can apply. Successful submissions will be eligible for up to $1,000 of funding.

Congratulations to the 2018/19 Certified Healthy Schools in our region!

Ophea’s (Ontario Physical Health and Education Association) Healthy Schools Certification recognizes and celebrates school communities for promoting and enhancing the health and well-being of students, school staff, and the broader community. The following 21 schools completed the 6-Step Healthy Schools Process and achieved enough points to be certified as Gold or Silver as part of Ophea’s Healthy Schools Certification for 2018-2019.Congratulations to the 2018/19 Certified Healthy Schools in our region!

Gold Level:
Beaver Brae Secondary School
Crolancia Public School
Dryden High School
Ear Falls Public School
Evergreen Public School
Ignace School
Keewatin Public School
King George VI School
Sioux Narrows Public School
Lillian Berg Public School
New Prospect Public School
Open Roads Public School
Red Lake District High School
Red Lake-Madsen Public School
Sioux Mountain Public School
Sioux North High School
Valleyview Public School
St. John School Gold

Silver Level:
Golden Learning Centre
Savant Lake School
St. Francis School

The Northwestern Health Unit can support schools that are interested in improving health in their school. For more information about Ophea’s Healthy School Certification program visit:

Bring the ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge to your school.

The ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge is a brand new annual physical activity challenge that rallies communities to sit less and move more together. This challenge will be awarding one community with the title of Canada’s Most Active Community who will receive $150,000 to put towards local physical activity initiatives. There will also be regional prizes too. Let’s bring a winning community to Northwestern Ontario!

The Challenge runs May 31st- June 16th.
  • Sign up with ParticipACTION and start tracking activity time! You could help your community become Canada’s Most Active Community. You can count school play days, events like Jump Rope for Heart, sport events, PE classes, etc.
  • The Northwestern Health Unit will also have 3 bikes and active prize packs up for grabs for children and adults participating across the area.
  • If you’re interested in participating but not quite sure where to start, connect with your local health unit office.

More information: ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge and event registration and Digital Toolkit for Schools

Safe Kids Week – June 3 to 9
Parachute Safe Kids Week is an annual campaign to raise public awareness of child safety issues in Canada. This year, Safe Kids Week runs June 3 to 9, and is focused on the topic of preventing harm from children’s falls in the home and at play.

Falling is a normal part of children’s development, as they walk, climb, run, jump, play and explore their environment. While most child falls do not result in serious injury, each year more than 140,000 children are seen in emergency departments for fall-related injuries. Most of these injuries to children under 5 occur in the home.

For 2019 Parachute is promoting the #FallProofYourHome Challenge. Families can use the #FallProofYourHome Checklist to address key hazards for children that cause serious injuries from falls in the home.

For more information and to access the FallProofYourHome Checklist to share with families at your school, please visit

National Drowning Prevention Week

The Lifesaving Society designates the third full week in July (July 21-27) as National Drowning Prevention Week to focus community and media attention on drowning prevention.

For more information, visit

Connecting for Healthy Schools

NWHU staff can support schools to become healthier places to live, work and play. Check out our Connecting for Healthy Schools resource to learn all the ways we can partner with your school! Contact your local health unit or email to request a printed copy of this resource.

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