2015 Conference

Workshop Descriptions

Gary Anaka

1.  The New Science of the Teenage Brain

How can teachers and parents best support and meet the needs of growing, changing adolescents?  The teenage brain is different from any other brain in history, presenting many challenges.  Discover why the adolescent brain is in turmoil, how to boost its plasticity, how the teen brain learns and works best, plus how to engage and communicate in relevant and practical ways.  Learn leading edge, easy to apply ideas from Neuroscience to help unleash the potential of the teenage brain. Acquire skills on how to support them to become healthy, happy, life-long learning adults.  If you want to help teenagers in today’s world, then you need to start with their brain.  This high energy, fun, surprising presentation is full of hope and optimism for the future of all teenagers.

Jennifer Gibson

2.  Beyond Hooking Up, Hysteria, and Hype: Realities of Youth and Sexuality in 2015.

This workshop provides an opportunity to understand the real sexuality issues facing today's youth from a sexual health educator's perspective and, most importantly, from youth themselves. Through lively activities and discussion, participants will check in with their own values and find strategies and resources to continue comfortable sexuality conversations with the youth in their lives. The session is facilitated by Jennifer Gibson MA, Coordinator of Community Education Services and youth committee members at Island Sexual Health and will include lots of time to ask live and "anonymous" questions.

Monique Gray-Smith

3.  Focusing on the Resiliency of Aboriginal Peoples

This engaging workshop will provide a unique lens into the history of Aboriginal people in Canada and how this history continues to influence the wellness of our children and families. The creative approach to sharing this information will leave you enlightened, encouraged and inspired.

Sydney Massey

4.  Shared Meals and Social, Emotional and Physical Health

Powerful outcomes of eating together include better social adjustment, better school performance, and better nutrition. BC Dairy Association completed research on the modern psychology of the family meal to understand what leads to shared meals. This resulted in the creation of Better Together BC, a provincial initiative to support and promote families eating together. Join Sydney Massey, MPH, RD to explore how you can reconnect food and fun in the kitchen, and to learn about the benefits of shared meals.

Brenda Whittam-Neary

5.  Self-Regulation Is Now The Predictor of Social and Academic Success

Come and learn a Problem-solving Approach to managing behaviour so that children will learn how to manage their own physical behavior, their own emotional behavior, their own social behavior and their own academic behaviors.  Recent research is teaching us that child development should be focusing on teaching children how to solve problems physically, emotionally, socially and academically to create independent, lifelong learners.

Dr. Richard Stanwick

6.  School Environment and Health Promoting Schools

Come explore what a health promoting school is and what healthy school environments can look like.  This is your opportunity to hear our Medical Health Officer talk about how everyone plays a role in creating nurturing healthy environments for our children and youth.

Adrienne Ngai, MSc, RD and Sophia Baker-French, MSc, RD

7.  An Overview of the Guidelines for Food and Beverage Sales in BC Schools. - cancelled

The Guidelines for Food and Beverage Sales in BC Schools define the nutrition standard that schools are required to use to determine what food and beverages can be sold to students.The Guidelines contain tools and information to assist schools in selecting food and beverages for sale. This presentation will provide an overview of the Guidelines and time for questions.

Leah Robertson

8.  Have You Heard About MEND? - cancelled

MEND is offered in several communities in BC.  MEND empowers children and families to become fitter and healthier. There are 2 MEND programs.  MEND 5-7 is for children 5-7 years old and their families and MEND 7-13 is for children 7-13 years old and their families.  Both programs are free, fun and interactive and support the entire family in adopting a healthy lifestyle. 

Kelly Graham

9.  What Is Physical Literacy Anyway?

Just as children need to be taught to read and write, they must also be taught movement skills like running, jumping, catching and balance. After all, movement is a child’s first language, and our ability to move is the most fundamental means we have of interacting with our world! Physical Literacy is all about teaching kids fundamental movement skills and fundamental sport skills so that they have the competence and confidence to be active for life. Join us to discuss the basics of Physical Literacy, the Canadian Sport for Life model, kid friendly teaching cues, skill progressions and adaptations.