Health and Wellness
Health and Wellness
HEB is pleased to once again be part of the A.P.P.L.E. Schools initiative for the 2019-20 school year. Apple Schools is an acronym that stands for A Project Promoting Healthy Living for Everyone in schools. Improving healthy eating, physical activity, and mental health habits of the students through an approach called Comprehensive School Health (CSH) is the focus of this initiative. CSH maintains healthy students are better learners, and better-educated individuals are healthier. It is HEB’s intent to equip students with the knowledge necessary to improve and to take ownership of their own health and social behaviors.
As part of this program, students have apples available to them to snack on during recess and lunch breaks. There is a basket of fruit at the front of the school and at concession for students who forgot to bring a snack, or who would like to have a healthier alternative than what they brought to school.
The breakfast program is a valuable asset to our students. Having breakfast available for the students enables all students to have the opportunity to begin their day prepared for learning and not distracted by their hunger. The Breakfast Program has grown to five days per week due to its popularity and positive feedback from students. The program runs Milk Monday where milk and Choose Most Often cereals are provided to students; on Toast Tuesday students have access to whole wheat toast with butter, jam, or Wow Butter; Smoothie Wednesdays provide students with fruit and milk products; Tim Horton’s Bagel Thursday students have access to bagels with butter, jam, or Wow Butter; and on Fruit & Cheese Fridays a different fruit and cheese string are provided. The breakfast program has been sustainable with parent volunteers, community support, local business partnerships, personal donations, and grants. HEB was the lucky recipient of a grant this year to help support our vision of healthy eating in our school. The President’s Choice Children’s Charity will help support the purchase of food for our students so they are ready to learn.
We will be doing additional activities to promote a healthy living lifestyle throughout the year. The Grade 5/6 S.W.A.T. (Student Wellness Action Team) will be providing information to students on monthly topics with daily school-wide announcements and bulletin board activities. These monthly campaigns are used to build awareness around healthy eating, physical activity, and mental health habits. A monthly newsletter supplying information to parents on the topic will be emailed via School Messenger.
H.E. Bourgoin Middle School partners with APPLE Schools to create a sustainable healthy school community. APPLE Schools is an innovative school-focused health promotion initiative proven to make a difference in schools. It impacts the lives of more than 20,000 students annually in schools across Western Canada by improving their healthy eating, physical activity, and mental health habits. Visit appleschools.ca to learn more.