Pilot schools needed for updated At My Best 4-5-6 resource

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Enhancement project overview

In 2015, PHE Canada engaged a team of researchers from Mindbloom Consulting, with the support of AZ Canada, to conduct an evaluation of At My Best 4-5-6. The goal was to assess program content, provincial/territorial linkages, developmental appropriateness, feasibility, usability, level of student engagement, potential role for student mentors, and cultural relevance/adaptability. Based on this evaluation, components of the program will be updated to better suit the needs of teachers and students across Canada.

Enhancement project participation

PHE Canada is looking to identify schools who are interested in being among the first to use the updated At My Best 4-5-6 resource. More specifically, PHE Canada is looking for schools with notable (i.e. at least 30%) low-socio-economic status, Aboriginal Canadian, and/or immigrant newcomer populations to ensure the resource is inclusive of even the most health-vulnerable children and youth.

Enhancement project timeline

Participation in the At My Best 4-5-6 enhancement project will involve the following:

Action

Details

Date

Obtain ethical approval for participation

Teachers will distribute, collect and return consent forms (provided by PHE Canada) to all pilot participants (students)

January 2017

Teachers participate in introductory webinar

To support program delivery, teachers will participate in an online introductory webinar that includes an opportunity for questions and answers.

January 2017

Teachers conduct student pre-survey

Prior to beginning At My Best 4-5-6 the students will complete a survey provided by PHE Canada’s team of researchers.

January 2017

Teachers use At My Best 4-5-6 resource

Deliver program in a way that supports your teaching.

January – May 2017

Teachers conduct student post-survey

Have students complete a survey provided by PHE Canada’s team of researchers.

April 2017

Teachers and students participate in interviews

A member of the research team will visit your school to interview the teacher(s) delivering the program. The teacher will identify a select group of students (2-3 engaged/interested students and 2-3 disengaged/disinterested students) to participate in a group interview. This process will take approximately half a day.

April/May 2017

Teachers conduct student follow-up survey

Have students complete a survey provided by PHE Canada’s team of researchers (time permitting).

May 2017

Contact information

If you are interested in participating in the At My Best 4-5-6 pilot and/or have any further questions, please contact Kendra MacFarlane (Program Coordinator) by Wednesday, October 26, 2016 by telephone (613 523 1348 x 231) or email (kendra@phecanada.ca). 

Program background 

At My Best is a free, curriculum-linked toolkit for students in kindergarten to grade 6 to inspire healthier choices today and in the future. The program was developed by Physical and Health Education Canada (PHE Canada) in partnership with AstraZeneca Canada (AZ), in response to heightening levels of obesity in Canada and hoped to address non-communicable disease (particularly Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus). By combining physical activity, healthy eating, and emotional well-being, the program adopts a holistic approach to teaching students about health and well-being.

To achieve this holistic approach, the program uses a social-ecological framework which is woven throughout its contents. In particular, At My Best 4-5-6 employs an I, We, Us theme that focuses on students’ individual ability, their ability to work with others and establish healthy relationships, and their understanding of what it means to be a global citizen. 

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Program content

When teachers register for the program, they are provided with access to the following materials:  

1.       Lesson plans (10 per grade)

2.       Task cards (images and activity instruction) tailored to grades 4, 5, and 6

3.       Activity sheets that are integrated into the lesson plans

4.       Identified links between provincial/territorial curriculum and each lesson plan

5.       Music and lyrics integrated into the lesson plans

6.       Videos showcasing exercises, stretches, and dances to support physical activity participation

7.       Interactive games for students

8.       Take-home materials (e.g., online physical activity cards, online activity sheets, recipes)

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