K to A: Healthy Foods, Healthy Life – Food Literacy for Aboriginal Youth and Families

Sakewew High School created a Nutrition Literacy Cooking Class that focused on healthy, inexpensive meals, traditional foods, cooking for reconciliation. Students learned about food and meal planning, budgeting, shopping, cooking, and cleaning through this weekly class. Through the initiative, several students were also able to earn a certified in safe food handling, which they added to their resumes for summer and/or part time jobs. The students were also able to take “lots of healthy food to share with their family.”

Additionally, the program strengthened school-student-family connections by getting youth and their family members involved in after school activities with their teachers. “The cooking classes with students and their families allowed [teachers] to build stronger relationships with the families that did participate. Many students brought members of their families to the cooking classes, and fun and laughter was apparent in the each of the sessions.” “It [was] great to be able to build those relationships with our students outside of the ‘classroom’ context.”

Support youth and community well-being through the collaborative action of community partners working together. Through evidence, tools and resources, SAYCW supports stakeholders to turn the knowledge gained through the youth health survey into health promoting action.

Youth-focused Mental Health Action Report shines light on challenges and ignites movement for solutions
A new report released this week is bringing attention to mental health challenges faced by more than 10,000 youth across the province—and actions at the grassroots level to ignite change.

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This report provides a brief review of the scientific literature on COVID-19 and its effects on youth health, with particular emphasis on mental health.  SAYCW shares relevant data from the pre-pandemic, 2019 SAYCW survey – these findings show how stressors and unhealthy behaviours that have been worsened by the pandemic (e.g., worry, connection with others, screen time, etc.) had impacted Saskatchewan youths’ health and well-being prior to the pandemic. Suggested health promotion actions to help mitigate the effects of COVID-19 and improve youth health and well-being are also shared.

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