Subject: Healthy Schools Connection Newsletter - September 2019

Volume 19 Issue 4
NWHU School Calendar

For a month by month look at the services NWHU provides across the region in schools, check out our updated 2019/20 Health Unit School Calendar.
NWHU School Newsletter Tips

The health unit provides monthly School Newsletter Tips for parents and caregivers. To share healthy living messaging with parents just copy and paste into your newsletters, emails or social media pages. Available in English and French.
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.
You're the Chef

You’re the Chef (YTC) is a cooking program for grade 5-8 students that focuses on increasing vegetable and fruit intake, and encourages lifelong healthy eating habits in young people. The goal of YTC is to help youth develop the skills and confidence to prepare healthy and tasty meals and snacks.

Teachers, parents and volunteers can take part in YTC leader training in various locations around the region. Training will be scheduled around the region this fall based on interest. Contact Julie Slack, MSc, RD ( or Chelsea Socholotuk, RD ( if you are interested. There is no cost to attend.
Canada has a new Food Guide!

What does this mean for teachers?
  • The new Food Guide is primarily web-based. You can access the new food guide as well as supporting documents at
  • Discontinue using the old food guide and use this food guide in your lesson plans
  • Consider including more food skill activities in your lesson plans
  • Visit for more information and additional nutrition resources
  • To speak to a registered dietitian at no cost, call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000
Ophea Healthy Schools Certification 2019/20

How will you make your school community a healthier place this year? Ophea’s Healthy Schools Certification provides schools with a guided process to achieve just that! Registration for the 2019/20 school is open until 11:00 a.m. on Friday, October 25th. The health unit can support interested schools. Visit for more information.

24-Hour Movement Guidelines

Movement is good for the body and brain. Stand. Step. Sweat. Screens. Repeat. 

Learn more about the 24-Hour Movement Guidelines 
School Sports - supports for students

Are you aware of families that have a hard time paying for school sports teams?

There are programs that might be able to help with registration and/or equipment so all kids can participate. Contact to find out about options.

NWHU Preconception Health Presentations

Health in the childbearing years is a subject that is often overlooked. The health unit Family Health Nurses will do 20-60 minute presentations on any or all of the following topics: preconception health; reproductive life planning; prenatal health; infant and child development; and attachment theory. To learn more or arrange a presentation, call your local health unit office and ask to speak to a Family Health Nurse.
New From OPHEA: Cannabis Discussion Guide for Educators
To support cannabis education in schools new Cannabis Education: Activate the Discussion guides have been developed for both elementary and secondary educators. The guides look to help spark conversation within the school community about recreational and medical cannabis, address questions and concerns, and foster a whole-school approach when dealing with situations involving cannabis. To access the guides, visit:
Working together for your students' oral health

The NWHU will be back in schools this school year providing dental services to students. Throughout the year, if you notice dental concerns that aren’t being addressed in any of your students, please let us know. We may be able to help them receive dental treatment free of charge, if they qualify.

To help promote dental health in the classroom, we offer a tooth brushing program to all teachers who are interested. The health unit will provide supplies and instruction free of charge. Contact your local health unit office for more information.

Adults need immunizations too
As a school employee, you are a role model for students - they watch you and are inspired by you every day. Being up to date with immunizations is something you can do to lead by example … are you due for any shots? Sign up for ICON to view your record online!

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