Student Wellness Action Team
The division two students who were chosen have a passion for healthy living. The other students at Jennie Elliott school look up to these individuals as health champions. The conference got the momentum rolling for the year, leaving the students feeling motivated to create a SWAT team and positively influence the health of our school.
Our SWAT team was assembled with the goal of making our school the healthiest it can be. Throughout the school year, we organize events to promote healthy eating, mental health and exercise. The SWAT team consists of 5 students, our school nurse and our school health champion, Mr. Parsons.
Our first event was a smoothie week. Throughout the week each grade came to our presentation where we explained the benefits of the four ingredients in our smoothie: strawberries, bananas, spinach and water. The student members of the SWAT team researched each ingredient and explained the benefits in the presentation. The students also took turns assembling the smoothie for the demonstration. Each student received a sample of the smoothie and their own smoothie booklet, which had eight healthy smoothie options they could make at home.
As a result of attending the Healthy Active School Symposia our school community has seen a growing interest in Comprehensive School Heath. Students are already planning on attending next year and hope to share their success with other students across Calgary and surrounding area.
The Healthy Active School Symposia are hosted by Ever Active Schools throughout Alberta and are designed to provide Alberta school communities with the knowledge, skills and resources to enhance student wellness.
Registration is open for HASS 2015 and can be found here.
Andrea works as a Public Health Nurse out of Shaganappi Community Health Center. She is a new Registered Nurse and is keen to share her love of health and wellness with her 7 schools. On the side, Andrea enjoys being a Girl Guide leader, teaching yoga, running marathons and spending her time outdoors in the mountains.