Kainai High School Ever Active School Project

Organization Sponsor: Kainai Board of Education

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Program Description

The Kainai Board of Education (KBE), with the support of Ever Active Schools is on the path to enhance the health and wellness of their school communities. The journey started three years ago when the Kainai High School began to implement daily physical activity (DPA) in their school. The staff and students embraced this initiative and have continued the momentum with the student's PhotoVoice research project. PhotoVoice was a method for youth to use cameras to capture pictures in their community that reflect a students view on health in their community. The awareness has spread throughout the KBE and is having a positive effect on all of the schools within their Board.

Funding Sources: 

Alberta Government, The Health and Physical Education Council of Alberta,Alberta Sport and Recreation.

Strategies For Sustainability: 

An EAS member school follows a health promoting schools approach (also known as comprehensive school health) to ensure clear, consistent, healthy messages are delivered in the home, school and community. Members focus on providing and promoting the benefits of physical activity, healthy eating and mental health throughout the school community. These three aspects of health are valued and integrated into daily life. Member school communities understand that the health and well being of students is a shared responsibility.

Alberta's physical education and health curricula are the cornerstones that ensure each student has an equal and equitable opportunity to experience and learn about the importance of healthy, active living through the prescribed instructional program.

Impact Of Program: 

In the 2006/07 academic year, there were 117 participating schools.

Evaluation Tools: 

EAS contracted an external evaluation of the program in 2005.
Representatives from participating schools reported very high levels of satisfaction with the Ever Active Schools program.

Key Elements Towards Success: 

Ever Active Schools facilitates the development of healthy children and youth by fostering social and physical environments that support healthy, active school communities. Our goal is to help Alberta students live, learn and play in these types of environments while making it possible for these school communities to connect and share in beneficial resources.

Challenges To Meet Them: 

The most commonly suggested improvements included “more resources, activities, and ideas”; “school visits”; “more community involvement”; and “more time”.

Length and Stage of Project: 

Kainai High School Ever Active School Project began in 2009.

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