News and Updates
March 8, 2017

March is Nutrition Month across Canada and this year Registered Dietitians are encouraging Canadians to “Take the Fight Out of Food”. This year’s campaign theme from Dietitians of Canada  focuses on the enjoyment of food. Schools are an important place to support the joy of eating. 

While information about food is abundant, how do you know the information is credible?  Schools and educators now have the opportunity to get credible nutrition information and support for healthy eating in their school directly from Food Literacy Mentors with the Action Schools! BC program. Food Literacy Mentors are food experts who are passionate about promoting and supporting schools by providing practical, hands-on strategies to support food literacy teaching and learning.

“The ultimate goal is for students to develop food literacy, or the knowledge, skills and attitudes about food that will support their health” says Janelle Hatch, Lead Food Literacy Mentor with Action Schools! BC.  Food Literacy Mentoring is a new component of the Action Schools! BC program and is one way the program builds capacity of educators and schools to support students to learn to be healthy.

To access healthy eating information, activities, and instructional examples or to learn more about Food Literacy Mentoring and Action Schools! BC, visit the Action Schools! BC website.

Also, for school healthy eating opportunities, check out these resources:

These resources (and many more) can be found on the Healthy Schools BC website.

March 8, 2017

When it comes to being a good neighbour, one of DASH’s valued partners, Alberta’s Ever Active Schools, leads by example. On January 26 – 27th, 2017, they brought together passionate leaders from the education, active living, recreation, health and research sectors for their 9th annual conference, “Shaping the Future: To Be Wisely Aware.”  The conference focused on key messages that are promoted and nurtured by good neighbours:

  • honouring the experience of First Nations peoples;
  • fostering wisdom and awareness in youth; and
  • conveying a message of well-being, body, mind, and spirit.

DASH was fortunate to be a part of these conversations. With our partners, viaSport and PHE Canada, we shared our work and approach for updating the Action Schools! BC program, and highlighted the use of Action Planning, an evidence-based process and collective approach for supporting healthy living in schools.

As an additional development this year, we have been inspired to take our neighbourly approach to the next level. We are excited to be working with Alberta’s Ever Active Schools, Ontario’s OPHEA and the Joint Consortium for School Health to host a National School Health Summit that will take place from January 31st to February 4, 2018.

Save the date and consider joining in! Good neighbours await you. 

March 8, 2017

Schools across the province are addressing healthy eating by focusing on a variety of topics, as well as settings from the classroom to the community. For Nutrition Month, we are highlighting a few of the many inspiring stories from the Healthy Schools Network (HSN) that demonstrate the diverse ways schools are exploring healthy eating concepts.  

  • Click here to learn about how one school integrated food literacy and connections to Aboriginal Elders into their lunch hour programming.
  • Click here to learn about how one school linked literacy and math to food in their Cooking to Learn and Brain Food programs.
  • Click here to learn about how one school turned their school courtyard into a productive agricultural area.
  • Click here to learn about how one school integrated food literacy into their after school tutoring program. 
March 8, 2017

March is Nutrition Month! The 2017 campaign is dedicated to supporting solutions to some of the most common issues people have with healthy eating.

Order your 2017 Nutrition Month poster now! The poster, entitled Take the Fight out of Food!, features photos of happy-faced food, colourfully scattered over the poster. The poster is available in French and English. Check out the poster 
here. You may complete your order using the online ordering system at for orders of up to 10 posters. 

Visit to download resources that go along with the Nutrition Month theme. You can download a complete ambassador toolkit, as well as view a number of short videos. Some resources are also available in Chinese and French.