Our school programs are geared for elementary, junior high and high schools, and are based on a Comprehensive School Health model.
Our school programs are geared for elementary, junior high and high schools, and are based on a Comprehensive School Health model. The cost for the full year intervention of NSTEP EAT WALK LIVE Elementary school program is $24.00 per student, a toonie a month. The cost for the full year intervention for NSTEP Teen Brain program for junior high and high schools is $15.00 per student.
We believe that small changes cumulatively add up to huge results. Students and children of all ages learn new skills, and get to practice new behaviours that will eventually become habits. Additionally, we also work with caretakers, teachers, parents, etc. to help them learn what foods to buy and eat.
NSTEP’s EAT WALK LIVE program was developed to build sustainability and capacity through professional development for teaching staff and classroom follow-up visits. Through fun and interactive games tailored to each grade, students learn about nutrition and physical activity. These games and activities are taught by both the teachers and school staff, as well as our NSTEP coordinators.
Students also participate in Snack Attacks, where student leaders from upper level classes (grades 4+) are taught how to make a healthy snack. These student leaders then go teach their classes, and then the students from these classes go and share their knowledge with their little buddies in K-3 grades. We believe that this interactive teaching cycle fosters a positive learning environment, and student leadership within the school.
Parents, guardians and caretakers are included in the program through our newsletters. Simple assessment tools are used with the students to track eating and activity habits, and results are reported back to both the school and parents. Many of the assessment tools are linked to other areas of the school curriculum, like math and computer science. For example, results from the “Snack Tracker” can be analyzed and turned into a bar or pie graph.
NSTEP Teen Brain is a series of 3 Professional Development one hour seminars for staff, (dates to be determined in consultation with school staff) then FOUR Teen Brain presentations for each youth in the school or community program.
The Junior High program includes:
The junior high program builds on the foundation of the elementary NSTEP EAT WALK LIVE program.