Healthy Kids Alberta! Stakeholder Forum Neil MacDonald Acting Assistant Deputy Minister Public Health Division Alberta Health and Wellness EMPLOYMENT, IMMIGRATION and INDIUSTRY PUBLIC HEALTH AGENCY OF CANADA ADVANCED EDUCATION and TECHNOLOGY CHILDREN’S SERVICE MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS and HOUSING Healthy Kids Alberta! TOURISM, PARKS, RECREATION and CULTURE HEALTH AND WELLNESS SENIORS AND COMMUNITY SUPPORTS EDUCATION SOLICITOR GENERAL& PUBLIC SECURITY INTERNATIONAL, INTERGOVERNMENTAL and ABORIGINAL RELATIONS AADAC ALBERTA MENTAL HEALTH BOARD INFRASTRUCTURE AND TRANSPORTATION Healthy Kids Alberta! (HKA): • Focuses on Wellness • Is for all children and youth • Recognizes the roles of parents/guardians, families and communities • Builds on success to create new opportunities 3 Key Wellness Areas: • Encouraging Healthy Eating • Promoting Active Living • Building Resiliency AHW Healthy Weights Initiative • Regional Health Promotion Coordinators • Social Marketing Campaign • Child and Youth Nutrition Guidelines AHW Healthy Weights Initiative • Wellness Fund for Healthy School Communities • Healthy School Communities Award Support for Active Living • TPRC - funds Be Fit For Life Centres and provincial recreation and sport associations and projects to support the Active Living Strategy (through ASRPWF) • Education – Daily Physical Activity Initiative and wellness curricula and resources Building Resiliency • Children’s Services - workshop series reaching parents in over 60 videoconferencing sites • AADAC – involves teachers and parents in school strategies to prevent substance abuse and gambling problems. HKA! Positive Futures Healthy Alberta School Communities Surveillance POSITIVE FUTURES The Framework identifies 3 strategic directions to optimize mental health • Building capacity • Removing or reducing risks • Providing support and treatment Healthy Alberta School Communities “Integrating health promotion and the concept of wellness into all aspects of the school community improves physical, mental and social health, as well as the outcomes of student learning.” The European Network of Health Promoting Schools: The Alliance of Education and Health. Mary Stewart Brown, Vivian Barnekow Rasmussen, David Rivett, International Planning Committee 1999. Strategic directions to create healthy Alberta school communities: • • • • • Leadership Review/Research Innovation Partnership Shared Learning Today, it’s your turn to contribute to Healthy Kids Alberta!