K to A: Green Acre Elementary School

The Green Acre Elementary School’s Grade 7/8 Practical Applied Arts teacher provided students with the knowledge and opportunity to grow their own food and create healthy and nutritious meals. Students learned how to grow and can produce from a garden they helped plant. They also learned about nutrition and how to prepare home-made meals with teachers noting among students “an increased understanding of preparing a healthy, well-balanced
meal.” Additionally, there was an increase in youth cooking at home. Partnering with the wellness coordinator, school community council members, and parent volunteers, the Grade 7/8 class also prepared healthy hot lunches for students and school staff. Youth “went from needing a lot of help with the process of planning and preparing hot lunch to doing it all themselves for the final cook-off.” “It was amazing to see the grade 7/8 class take pride in cooking for & serving their fellow classmates & teachers. It was encouraging to see them step up & become more responsible (setting up tables, doing dishes, being the last ones to eat because they were serving the food).”

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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