The Alberta Medical Association (AMA) Youth Run Club
A free, school-based running program designed to get children and youth active.
The AMA Youth Run Club is run through partnership between the Alberta Medical Association & Ever Active Schools. In spring 2013, the Club was launched in Alberta, an adaptation of the highly successful Doctors Nova Scotia Kids' Run Club that began in 2004. This program has received national recognition from the Canadian Institute of Child Health and the Canadian Public Health Association for its achievements in engaging youth and children in regular physical activity by making running kid-friendly and adaptable for all levels of fitness.
How the Program Works:
School groups run together one to five times per week. Participants build their endurance in order to complete a final fun run of your choice! Some schools host their own, while some participate in community runs.
The Alberta Medical Association and Ever Active Schools provide schools with all of the necessary resources to implement and maintain a successful club, including: Runner's & Coach's Handbooks (electronic), finisher prizes for all participants, free local workshops for coaches, free talks for students from a local doctor, resources to encourage eating well & reducing screen time, running logs, modifiable parent letters & more!
Comprehensive School Health
Comprehensive School Health (CSH) is an internationally recognized approach to supporting improvements in students’ educational outcomes while addressing school health in a planned, integrated and holistic way. Canadian Joint Consortium for School Health
Ever Active Schools defines CSH as “a way to link health and education within the school setting. It is an approach to building a healthy school community.”
Watch this video, launched at the Fall 2016 AMA RF by Dr. Kim Kelly, AMA CSH Representative, to see how – with its emphasis on physical activity, healthy eating and creating a positive social environment – the AMA YRC speaks to the CSH commitment to “supporting improvements in students’ educational outcomes while addressing school health in a planned, integrated and holistic way.”
Establish a leadership team to work with community and health partners to develop an action plan to implement the report.
Increase technology-based solutions by launching a child and youth mental health website in spring 2016.
Expand access to addiction treatment by opening 3 new social detoxification beds for children and youth in Calgary.
Add medical detox beds for adults, including 6–8 new beds in Lethbridge and converting 20 beds in Red Deer from social to medical detox.
Work in partnership with First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities to develop an opiate addiction action plan.
Implement a performance monitoring and evaluation framework to track results on report recommendations and benefits to Albertans.
Alberta Health increases access to kits that reverse fentanyl overdoses
February 17, 2016
Pharmacies across the province are now providing take-home naloxone kits free-of-charge to Albertans with a prescription.
"This is just one of the steps our government is taking to address the devastating impact fentanyl is having in our province. The highly toxic drug is being used by people from many different age groups and from all walks of life – from our inner cities to our suburban communities. By making naloxone kits available at pharmacies, we’re expanding the availability of these kits, so they’re within closer reach of Albertans at risk.”
Brandy Payne, Associate Minister of Health
Naloxone can be used to temporarily reverse an overdose of fentanyl or other opioids, allowing a person time to get emergency medical help. Opioid users can obtain a take-home naloxone kit so it is on hand for a family member or friend to administer in case of a potentially deadly overdose. The kits are available to Albertans with a valid prescription from their doctor or a participating pharmacist.
So far, almost 300 pharmacies have signed on to provide take-home naloxone kits and train people to use them safely. About 1,100 pharmacies in Alberta are eligible to participate in this voluntary program. Albertans can contact their local pharmacies to find out if they are offering the kits.
Alberta Health Services is providing the kits at a cost of about $27 each, including supplies and distribution. Each kit contains two units of naloxone, two syringes, two alcohol swabs, two latex gloves, a one-way breathing mask and instructions.
In 2015, there were 272 overdose deaths involving fentanyl in Alberta, up from 120 in 2014. Illicit fentanyl is highly toxic and a very small amount can be deadly.
Naloxone is also available at 44 walk-in clinics and eight harm reduction sites across the province by prescription. Increasing access to naloxone is one of many actions the Alberta government is taking with its partners to curb the impact of illicit fentanyl in the province. A Fentanyl Response Team, made up of frontline health care workers, communities, First Nations and Métis representatives, and health experts meets regularly to help coordinate the government’s actions.
The Alberta government continues to work with the federal government – and provincial and territorial counterparts – to remove the prescription requirements for naloxone. Additional information on Alberta’s response is available on the Alberta Health website.
The Eating Disorder Support Network of Alberta (EDSNA) is a non-profit organization which receives funding from Alberta Health, Mental Health and Addictions to provide support groups for people affected both directly and indirectly (i.e. parents) by eating disorders.
In addition to hosting an informative website, EDSNA offers professionally-facilitated support groups twelve times a year in Edmonton and twelve times a year Red Deer.
During the 2014/2015 academic year, the Alberta Policy Coalition for Chronic Disease Prevention (APCCP), Alberta Food Matters (AFM), and University of Alberta researchers conducted a survey of school principals in Alberta to understand their perceptions of the school food environment.
The purpose of the survey was to provide a snapshot of school food in the province of Alberta. More specifically, the survey aimed to provide a better understanding of the types of school food programs, policies and initiatives in place within Alberta schools.
The final report includes a presentation of survey results, as well as a glossary of terms, demographic information, study limitations, and a discussion of main findings.
It is the hope that findings from the survey help to celebrate the many successful activities currently in place to promote healthy school food in Alberta, as well as inform future activities in this area.
Alberta Milk School Programs have been developed to help schools and their teachers and students learn about and improve nutrition in their schools.
Alberta Milk is excited to launch two new nutrition programs for junior high and high schools: Power 2B Me and Power Up!
Power 2B Me
This program is an innovative, cutting-edge health program for junior high school students. It uses technology in the form of videos and an on-line food journal to engage students and support the classroom-based activities that make nutrition relevant to their lives.
Power 2B Me was developed in Alberta and tested in Alberta classrooms by Alberta teachers. It meets the current curriculum outcomes for wellness and cross-curricular competencies including literacy and numeracy. It serves a bridge to Inspiring Education and due its foundation of creativity, innovation and collaboration thus ensuring a seamless transition program into the new curriculum.
All program components are housed on the www.moreaboutmilk.comwebsite and can be easily downloaded. Embedded teacher administration functions and assessment strategies allow teachers to confidentially monitor their students’ progress on-line.
Power Up! Cooking with Milk Products and Eggs
This free program is the complete package for junior high and high school foods teachers. Based on CTS FOD 2060 curriculum, Power Up! provides practical, real world focused learning tasks that start with what students are familiar with – milk products and eggs in their daily diets – and extends their knowledge and skills to cooking science and applications. Program components are available on the www.moreaboutmilk.comwebsite and feature strategies, tools, assessment and support for both independent and classroom lab-based learning contexts. Since launching in February 2014 the program has received positive reviews from foods teachers and has been authorized by Alberta Education.
Family and Community Safety Program
Funding available for Alberta community groups (August 21, 2014)Grant funding is available through the Family and Community Safety program for grassroots prevention efforts that address issues such as child abuse, family violence, sexual assault and bullying.Until November 14, 2014, applications will be accepted from agencies and groups who wish to participate. Any legal, not-for-profit entity is eligible to apply and projects can either be new or existing.
Alberta Health Services - Support for Healthy School Communities
Healthy students are better learners and better-educated students are healthier
The Comprehensive School Health (CSH) approach is used widely within Alberta to improve student health and educational success. Parents and school councils play an integral role in supporting the CSH approach. Parents can help create healthy school communities in many different ways. For example, they can act as:
Leaders in planning and implementing wellness initiatives within schools or the broader community. For example, being part of a school health team or engaging with community organizations such as a local recreation centres.
Role models for their children by practicing healthy behaviours at home and taking part in family events hosted at the school or in the community.
Advocates for healthy school environments by voicing their opinions with decision makers, including wellness on school council meeting agendas and influencing the development or implementation of wellness policies.
Strong partnerships are central to the success of the CSH approach. Alberta Health Services staff are available to support parents and school councils (and all school community members) in creating healthier environments for students.
The Alberta Healthy School Community Wellness Fund
is a joint initiative between the University of Alberta and the University of Alberta's School of Public Health and the Government of Alberta.
A healthy school community is one that embeds a sustainable culture of wellness for children, youth and the entire school community using a comprehensive school health approach to create an inclusive, collaborative and connected environment. It is a school community that constantly strengthens its ability as a healthy setting for living, learning and working.
Click here for ideas that School Councils can use to support their own school in becoming a healthier environment.