We interrupt our regular programming to bring you some timely information on an amazing organization. I am currently working with them to expand their program in our area. Check it out!
In 2002 the World Health Organization stated that this is the first generation of children who will die before their parents due to preventable nutritional diseases.
This was the inspiration for NSTEP, a not-for-profit registered charity, providing hands-on nutrition and physical activity programs directly into the classrooms in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario. The original NSTEP program has changed/evolved since the initial pilot in 2004. In Jan. 2009, a school district requested that we modify our original NSTEP to build capacity and sustainability. Piloted January 2010, NSTEP EAT WALK LIVE is the program we deliver.
The NSTEP EAT WALK LIVE program provides fun, interactive nutrition and activity education to every student and teacher within the whole school community. Both physical activity and healthy eating (which positively impact mental well-being) are key elements to start the deep cultural shift for healthy habits for life. The entire school shares a common message and collectively works together to create a healthier school environment.
Did you know that, 1.6 MILLION Canadian children are overweight or obese and 1 in 5 boys, ages 5-11 are classified as obese!
NSTEP is a SOLUTION to this problem and our education program is based on these Four Pillars:
1. Simplify complex messages about nutrition, physical activity and mental well-being. Pizza Pops are NOT part of the four food groups, 9/10 food choices should be from the Four Food groups
2. Create a Deep Cultural Shift through the introduction of small changes that cumulatively give big results. NSTEP’s innovation is the individual classroom support for every teacher to give a framework for schools to build on for sustainability in the future.
3. Leadership in schools, communities and most importantly school STUDENT leaders = SUCCESS. They own NSTEP lessons and live it.
4. Collaborate with stakeholders, businesses, health champions who are passionate about improving children’s health and collectively we can create a deep cultural shift together.
What differentiates NSTEP?
NSTEP has demonstrated the robustness of the NSTEP EAT WALK LIVE model to be adaptable in three different provinces. Every school has different needs and its own unique culture, no matter what city or province they are in. NSTEP has integrated all of its lessons into core Math, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts in BC and Alberta. Ontario integration of cores subjects will be in Summer 2014.
NSTEP is inclusive. Every student in the classroom is involved in the NSTEP EAT WALK LIVE program including those who are deaf and hard of hearing, Skill I and II (moderate developmental disabilities).
NSTEP EAT WALK LIVE costs approximately $24.00 per student for one FULL year of NSTEP EAT WALK LIVE, $2.40 per month per child. As a registered charity, we write grants and seek donations from large to small as we know schools do NOT have the funds to cover the costs.
Think, if 1,000 people gave $10 dollars each, that would equal to $10,000.00, enough for 500 students for one full year of NSTEP.
Donors donate money so that NSTEP Coordinators and Master Trainers can take NSTEP EAT WALK LIVE into schools in YOUR community!
For more info go to NSTEP.ca or click here. You can also follow NSTEP on Facebook and Twitter @NSTEPca.