About Us

We are an education hub of scientific, evidence based knowledge that focuses on teaching healthy habits for children, for life. We want their brains to be powered and nourished through healthy eating and physical activity. Nutrition and activity build better brains and bodies.

What is NSTEP?

NSTEP is focused on building healthy habits for children, for life!

We are an education hub of scientific, evidence based knowledge that focuses on teaching healthy habits for children, for life. We want their brains to be powered and nourished through healthy eating and physical activity. Nutrition and activity build better brains and bodies.

NSTEP is different than other health promotion programs  in its success at being accepted, integrated and supported by school staff and administration at all levels of the education system. Our program is sought after by teachers because it provides curriculum and activities that teaches children and youth how to build communities inside the places they spend the greater part of their lives. The program provides opportunities to:

  • Connect children in different school levels with each other
  • Provides older children a vehicle to mentor younger children
  • Provides examples of actions they can do to meet these goals
  • Provides teachers with research supported methods to address nutrition and healthy living within the proscribed curriculum
  • Provides administrators a research supported method of incorporating wellness across a wide population of ages and abilities
  • Fraser Health BC Medical Health Officer has endorsed NSTEP as an approved program/initiative school nutrition resources
  • Interdisciplinary approach with well qualified NSTEP coordinators with backgrounds in education, nursing, dietetics
  • Online, in person program delivery for knowledge transfer
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Our eduction program

Four Pillars

Simplify

We want to simplify the complex messages around nutrition (healthy eating) physical activity, and mental well being. There are many conflicting messages from a variety of sources, and we want to take away as much confusion as possible, so that we can focus on the core message – healthy habits and activities lead to healthy brains.

Deep Cultural Shift

We want to help create a deep cultural shift by introducing small changes in everyday routines that will cumulatively give big results. Our innovation is on individual classroom and organizational support for teachers, caretakers, and parents, to help build the right framework for sustainable healthy habits.

Leadership

Creating leadership opportunities in schools, communities, organizations, with student wellness leaders! We want children and youth to own their success in creating these healthy habits.

Collaborate

We collaborate and work with stakeholders, businesses, caretakers and parents, teachers and administration, and health champions who are passionate about improving children’s health.

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Our History

In 2002, the World Health Organization stated that the current generation will be the first generation of children who will die before their parents, all due to preventable nutritional diseases.

This statement was the inspiration for NSTEP to be created by our founder, Deb Hymers. Deb created NSTEP to make sure that the next generation had all the knowledge and tools to build healthy habits, for life.

NSTEP works with schools, community, after school programs,  colleges, universities, and early childhood education  initiatives providing hands-on nutrition and physical activity programs to help teach children and their caregivers  how to live their best lives.

Our  programs provides fun, interactive and easy-to-learn healthy eating habits and activity programs. Our programs are evidence informed action  that show both physical activity and health eating positively impact the mental health of children. We focus on all the key elements that will help educators and caregivers create healthy habits for children, for life.

What sets NSTEP apart​​

NSTEP’s programs  are  adaptable and worked in 3 different provinces. Every school every organization, every set of caregivers and parents, have different needs. We  adapt our programs to  ensure they meet the needs of the child or youth. This includes sensitivity to various  cultural foods and restrictions.

NSTEP bases its’ programs on scientific studies from accredited nutritionists, educators, neurologists, and physical activity experts. We have integrated our lesson plans into core Math, Science, Social Studies and Language Arts in BC, Alberta and Ontario.

Lastly, NSTEP is inclusive. We focus on making sure that the children we work with are all involved and invested, including those who are deaf, hard of hearing, and Skill I and II (moderate developmental disabilities).

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