NADA would like to share this important resource highlighting upcoming changes to Facebook policy. You can download the resource by clicking on Facebook Policy Change (6 downloads)
This resource developed by the Alberta Centre for Active Living will help you to think about your reasons for deciding to be more physically active; and finding the motivation to stay active. Please download this resource now at NWT Physical Activity Tool (15 downloads) .
NADA would like to share a link to the PEI Health Provincial Diabetes Program where one can get information on what services the program provides and access many resources on diabetes prevention and management. Please click on PEI Provincial Diabetes Program.
Drop the Pop grants for Manitoba schools
On November 25, 2014, The Kidney Foundation of Canada – Manitoba Branch announces that it has chosen four elementary schools from across Manitoba to receive its inaugural $250 grant that will help the schools carry out a Drop the Pop Challenge for their students.
Elementary schools with a significant Aboriginal student population were invited to apply for this grant. It is the Foundation’s first time providing this grant. Nineteen schools from across the province applied. The successful schools are as follows:
DR Hamilton School in Cross Lake First Nation
Langruth Elementary School in Langruth
Mulvey School in Winnipeg
Peter Yassie Memorial School in Tadoule Lake, northern Manitoba
“We are thrilled that principals and teachers from across Manitoba are going to help spread the word to children that it’s important to take care of your kidneys. One way of doing this is to cut back on sugar,” explains Val Dunphy, executive director of The Kidney Foundation of Canada – Manitoba Branch. “As November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, we think it is a perfect time to get students thinking about nutrition and the connection between diabetes and kidney health.”
During a Drop the Pop Challenge, school and community staff commit to help educate children about the dangers of sugary drinks. Teachers take on the role of challengers, asking students to “drop the pop” and all sugary drinks for one week while they teach their students about making healthy lifestyle choices. Successful applicants will receive health promotion tools, the $250 grant, and Drop the Pop curriculum with lesson plans and handouts.
Schools were selected based on providing concrete plans on how they would promote health to their students, as follows:
The DR Hamilton School plans to have students sign onto the Drop the Pop Challenge. They’ll do the challenge again in Spring 2015 to measure improvements. Younger students will do a poster contest while middle year students may make short videos about kidney disease, amputations, etc. The school will use their grant to purchase bags of vegetables for contest winners to take home or to give to a community Elder of their choice. They’ll also explore using Aboriginal foods and ways that they can make them healthier, such as using whole wheat flour in bannock and cooking moose meat in a healthier way (rather than frying).
The Langruth Elementary School is already a “pop-free zone.” It plans to use a graphic novel about the dangers of diabetes in Aboriginal communities with its students. They will have discussions, do research, lessons, and develop an awareness campaign. They will use the grant to help provide healthy snacks to the children who take part in an annual two-day ski trip.
Mulvey School in downtown Winnipeg will have “older” students meet with staff to design menus, create posters, and research and write nutrition education announcements that they will announce over the school’s PA system. Their challenge will encourage students to be instructional leaders for each other. They’ll use their grant to buy food items that were taken from the student-developed menus. Some funds will be used to purchase art supplies to advertise and promote the challenge around the school and the community.
The Peter Yassie Memorial School is Manitoba’s most northern/remote school. The school will encourage traditional cultural knowledge by inviting Elders to provide sharing/learning circles to the students. Students will learn about gathering and using traditional berries and teas instead of drinking pop and energy drinks. The teachers will use funding to help provide healthy snacks to their students, in an area where 4 litres of milk costs $14.99.
This grant is made possible with generous funding from CN Rail. The Drop the Pop Challenge is a part of the Foundation’s curriculum for Aboriginal schools called Our Children, Their Health, Our Future.
NADA is pleased to share a resource entitled “Active Living for Early Childhood” developed by Nova Scotia Health Promotion. You can download the resource by clicking on Active Living for Early Childhood Resource (24 downloads)
The report commissioned by the Canadian Diabetes Association provides information on economic costs of diabetes in the province, including the impact of lost productivity on the economy. The report also evaluated the potential benefits of initiatives designed to delay or prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes and reduce the occurrence and severity of complications arising from the disease.
To view the report click on Cost of Diabetes in Newfoundland and Labrador Report
World Diabetes Day 2014 is fast approaching on November 14. NADA encourages communities to organize events to promote a healthier lifestyle. Download WDD Poster 2014 (47 downloads) and distribute widely.
if you would like information on how to plan an event, please click on How to Plan an Event (14 downloads)
The Aboriginal Community Warrior Program will be given at the Hamilton Regional Indian Centre on November 22-27, 2014 in Hamilton. For more information, please download ACW Registration Form (43 downloads) and Aboriginal Community Warrior Program (45 downloads) .
October 29th, 2014 is the 12th Annual JMI Day across North America, where all Indigenous communities and individuals are encouraged to organize an activity to celebrate and post on www.justmoveit.org. Thank you to all of the communities that have signed up on the JMI website in 2014. Help us reach a new level of participation and join now. Let’s “JUST MOVE IT” together!
The Kidney Foundation of Canada encourages elementary schools in Manitoba with a significant Aboriginal student population (at least 50%) to organize a Drop the Pop Challenge. This is an opportunity for school and community staff to help educate young students about the dangers of sugary drinks.
Teachers take on the role of challengers, asking students to “drop the pop” and all sugary drinks for one week while they help teach their students more about making healthy lifestyle choices. The Drop the Pop Challenge is a part of the Foundation’s curriculum for Aboriginal schools called Our Children, Their Health, Our Future.
For more information download Drop the Pop Challenge Information Sheet (19 downloads) and Drop the Pop Challenge Application Sheet (12 downloads)