HEALTH PROMOTING SCHOOLS POLICY
Statement of Purposes and Practices
J. N. Burnett Secondary School
At J. N. Burnett we recognize that good health contributes to student learning and intellectual development. This is a shared responsibility of the school, students, home and community. Staying healthy involves developing good habits to improve not only physical, but mental and social/emotional well-being.
Physical Activity - at J. N. Burnett we promote and model a commitment to physical activity as a key aspect of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It is our belief that this should be a focus in both curricular and extra curricular activities
and should include opportunities to involve staff, students and parents. To this end we have:
•regular lunchtime opportunities for staff/student participation in sports games
• regular early morning and after school opportunities for staff and/or students to take part in Open Gym
• annual school wide (staff and students) participation in the Terry Fox Run
• staff organized early morning “Boot camp” sessions
• wellness activities as a part of every Pro D day
• a wide variety of sports teams for students to participate in
• regular use of our fitness centre/weight room by both staff and students
• a school dance team
• a lunchtime intramural program
• a running program in all PE classes
• a girls only PE class to encourage more girls to partake in fitness activities
• a Power-Fit class available to all students in grades 10-12 which is an exercise focused program, not sport based.
• Foods 9/10 which includes a unit on the importance of exercise, determining body mass index and the importance of body image
• Foods 10 which includes a unit to increase the awareness of sugar content and ways to cut down on sugar when snacking
• Foods 11/12 which includes a unit called “Heart Smart” and focuses on the importance of exercise, getting enough sleep, the risks of smoking & drugs
• Human Ecology 11/12 which focuses on all aspects of developing & maintaining a healthy lifestyle
• Health Science 11/12 which includes units on health & wellness as well as injury prevention and rehabilitation..
Nutrition - at J. N. Burnett we understand the important positive correlation between good nutrition student achievement. To this end, we have:
• Foods 11/12 which includes a unit “Eating nutritiously when eating out”
• Health Science 11/12 which includes a unit on nutrition, healthy sports drinks and energy bar analysis.
• Science 8 includes a unit on nutrition and nutritional analysis of fast food
• started to address the various food offerings in our school to bring them
in line with the Guidelines for Food and Beverage Sales.
• given The Guidelines for Food and Beverages to our cafeteria personnel who will comply fully by September 2007
• removed all pop from our vending machines & replaced it with juice/water
• a healthier menu selection in the cafeteria
• supported a group of students who have formed a Coalition for Concerned Citizens group. One of their big accomplishments was the establishment of an organic garden where they grew & harvested numerous vegetables which were donated to the food bank. They have also provided informative documentary films for students titled “the Future of Food”
• published a statement regarding health and nutrition in our school newsletter.
Social/Emotional Learning - Social/Emotional development is a large focus at J. N. Burnett. We have two conference days per year, one of which is devoted entirely to promoting Social Responsibility. We believe that when given the opportunity, students “step up to the plate” to look after themselves and others. These opportunities are provided in class, through full school events and through our commitment to local and global projects. Examples include:
• Various Speakers at Conference days - CHIMO (Suicide awareness), Lung Association, Justice Theatre (Anti-bullying), ICBC- U Decide (Road safety), Richmond Public Health (Eating disorders), Red Cross (Dating Violence), MADD (drinking & driving), Richmond Addiction Services (Drug, Alcohol and Gaming additions), RCMP (Street Racing), WCB (work safety), PlanetAhead (attitudes, values, behaviours to promote healthy sexuality), Volunteer opportunities in Richmond, Violence in the media, Pollution solutions, Global Social awareness, Stress management and Global warming.
• Various Sessions at Conference days - CPR training, Recycling, Working with others (providing a brunch for senior citizens, visiting elementary schools to be reading buddies with younger children, visiting those in hospital, assisting at the food bank and in soup kitchens, gathering, packaging and delivering food and clothing to the homeless,
• Planning 10 which includes a unit on healthy lifestyles. Students prepare an action plan to change their current lifestyle to a more healthy one.
• We have raised funds towards and have started building a School in Tibet
• We have an annual Wake-a-thon to raise funds towards building a School in Africa and donating funds locally to Habitat for Humanity