From kindergarten through to high school, kids and youth spend the majority of their day at school. Aside from learning the alphabet and arithmetic – they are learning how to make daily choices, and what it means to live a healthy life.
Schools have unique opportunities to educate students about healthy behaviours and promote them in ways that make them fun and memorable. Every community is different, and schools will have unique systems, resources and cultures. However, all schools share the responsibility to make their environments healthier for children, and to help children make healthier choices as they grow.
What can the school sector do?
- Display the Live 5-2-1-0 message in classrooms, hallways, and around the school (e.g. Live 5-2-1-0 Posters, Banners, Weekly Tips)
- Distribute Live 5-2-1-0 resources to students, families and staff (e.g. Live 5-2-1-0 Fact Sheets, Outdoor Games Booklet)
- Include the Live 5-2-1-0 guidelines and tips in the school newsletter
- Share the message with students at school assemblies and with parents through Parent Advisory Committee meetings and parent information nights
- Use the Live 5-2-1-0 guidelines (and for older students, the approach of examining factors that influence their habits and choices) to support delivery of the Physical and Health Education Curriculum
- Encourage students and staff to use active transportation to and from school (e.g. provide sufficient bike racks, coordinate walking school buses)
- Review and improve school policies and environments, such as availability of water fountains/water-bottle filling stations, vending machine items, cafeteria nutrition policies, and policies for healthy food and drinks during school events such as sports days or fundraisers
How are partners in the school sector using Live 5-2-1-0 resources?
The following is a list of examples of how different communities have used the Live 5-2-1-0 resources they have downloaded from this website:
- “I run an after-school program in which teens mentor elementary school children. I want to inform them about the program and use your resources to help me explain some of the changes I’ll be making.” (Fraser Valley community)
- “Wow fantastic – I was just looking for school planner content for our Seventh Generation Club members, who represent about 7,000 First Nations students in schools across BC. These will be helpful – thanks for making it easy.” (Lower Mainland community)
- “During an aboriginal wellness day nutrition workshop (school-based).” (Vancouver Island community)
- “We have teacher’s resources on a USB stick – we will add this to the list of resources we offer.” (Lower Mainland community)
- “I am involved with the Classroom Champions program and our April theme is Healthy Living. I thought that this is a great resource to get students thinking about healthy habits. I love the addition of screen time, rather than just nutrition and exercise.” (Outside of BC)
- “Just received this link from my principal and would love to incorporate it into our health and fitness program. Really want to increase parent awareness and involvement.” (Fraser Valley community)
- “We are building a kit in our school district Learning Resource Center and love the message and the suggestions for bringing these concepts to our learning environments. Teachers will sign out a guided reading kit filled with activity suggestions for moving learning outdoors and your Toolkit will be printed and bound for teachers use in classrooms.” (Vancouver Island community)
- “Always looking for great new relevant info to share with students and parents! Love your ideas. Will look at having some students help prepare a bulletin board in the school to show the importance of 5-2-1-0.” (Outside of BC)
- “I am a student doing a project on childhood obesity and would love to give these bookmarks to the class.” (Lower Mainland community)
- “Our Healthy Learner team which includes registered nurses and dietitians are planning to partner with our elementary schools in our area to promote the 5-2-1-0 message through enrichment centers. Each center will promote one of the 5-2-1-0 with engaging activities.” (Outside of BC)
- “As a school principal I’m hosting an event for the parents of incoming Kindergarten students and am using these resources as part of my “Kindergarten Readiness” conversation.” (Interior community)
- “I attended Mini Med School 2018 and discovered Live 5-2-1-0. I plan to propose an idea to my manager to implement the Live 5-2-1-0 statement in our programs.” (Vancouver Coastal community)
- “We would like to get a Playbox for the local public park that we use as our school playground.” – (Vancouver Coastal community)
- “Sugar presentation at my child’s school (I am a family physician), and hoping to eventually influence choices made within the school (e.g. beverages sold).” (Outside of BC)
- “We will be tracking our eating, exercise, and screen use for five days to encourage healthy habits.” (Fraser Valley community)
- “The school where am at is not familiar with “Be Active Everyday”, and so I have been sensitizing my class about it. I just want to use the resources to spark more interest among staff and students about the “Be Active Everyday” campaign.” (Vancouver Island community)
- “I am planning to use it help support my teaching of PHE (Physical Health) programs.” (Vancouver Island community)
- “As a healthy schools coordinator I am interested in providing the resources to our teachers.” (Interior community)
- “Share via a district-wide healthy schools focused newsletter that goes to all 11K families served by (school district).” (Vancouver Island community)
How is the school sector supporting Live 5-2-1-0?
The following is a list of examples of how stakeholders in different communities have implemented action in their sector to support Live 5-2-1-0:
- Abbotsford shared posters and fact sheets with their elementary schools; they also introduced Live 5-2-1-0 to students by incorporating the message into the back cover and bookmarks in all elementary students’ agendas.
- Elementary schools in Hope and Abbotsford promoted the ‘0 sugary drinks’ guideline through the implementation of school-wide month-long Healthy Drinks challenges in their elementary schools to encourage students to drink more water.
- Live 5-2-1-0 messaging was integrated into Maple Ridge’s ‘Welcome to Kindergarten’ initiative through resource hand-outs and Live 5-2-1-0 merchandise that were distributed to families for free.
- After-school programs in Surrey have incorporated elements of Live 5-2-1-0 into their programming, including 60 minutes of outdoor play and replacing unhealthy snacks with fruits, vegetables and other healthier options.