The Sandblog

Cultivating Healthy Environments

by Brian Torrance Ever Active Schools | December 10 2015 | 2 Comments

For those who know me, I’ve referenced this statistic many times—that is, that an average 30% of teachers are leaving the profession within the first five years of their career, and in some parts of the province the number is as high as 40%. The most common reasons cited for this statistic? Other career aspirations Loss of passion Family moving to urban centre Teacher burnout (i.e. teaching full…»

Through the Looking Glass

by Krista Sheehan ASEBP | December 3 2015 | 3 Comments

Alberta’s Distracted Driving Law prohibits us from applying makeup, eating cereal, texting, brushing your teeth or reading a book—thank goodness! So, while you refrain from brushing your teeth (!?!) and concentrate on driving, you have an excellent opportunity to take in all that’s through your very own community “looking glass.” I’ve lived in the same neighborhood for the last 10 years.…»

On the Subject of Wellness

by Colleen Wright Alberta Healthy School Community Wellness Fund | November 26 2015 | 4 Comments

Have you ever thought that wellness was more than a single subject or activity? Have you ever wondered how you might embed wellness into both the curriculum and culture of your school? Do you know how wellness can impact all members of the healthy school community—staff, teachers and students? Yes? I had a feeling! The following video was developed with support from the Alberta Healthy School Community…»

The Type Talk

by Dr. Jeff Johnson | November 19 2015 | 2 Comments

November is a busy month (aren’t they all?), but one of the reasons it stands out for me is that it is Diabetes Month, and November 14 was officially World Diabetes Day, as declared by the International Diabetes Federation. Being involved in diabetes research and policy, I think of November as a time to highlight all things diabetes and hence, the topic of my very first Sandblog post! I am often…»

I MOustache You—Are You MOvembering?

by Yatin Patel ASEBP | November 12 2015 | 2 Comments

Sound the alarm people, we are at peak beard! It’s Movember—that time of year when our fellow brethren start growing their finest moustaches to build awareness, fundraise and support men’s mental and physical health issues. For me, Movember has been an annual tradition since 2011. It’s a pretty fun/funny month, and a great reminder about all the good you can affect just by growing a (pretty…»

It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s a SuperManager!

by Jocelyn Plakas-Lock ASEBP | November 5 2015 | 4 Comments

An acquaintance recently shared a story about her husband’s—let’s call him “John”—experience at work. John’s manager was upset over an error he (John) had made, and ended up throwing a crate of product at him. The crate missed him, but the incident certainly had an impact and John left the company shortly thereafter. Having had the good fortune of working for great leaders throughout…»

The Influenza Fight Club

by Jessica Culling ASEBP | October 29 2015 | 2 Comments

Just as the school season starts in September, flu season starts for all Albertans in October. And, just to clarify, when I say “flu” in this blog, I mean the nasty influenza virus—the respiratory infection that can knock you out for the count. Unfortunately, school environments are a setting where influenza is quickly spread due to the virus’ ability to be passed along to others through droplets…»

The “I” in Group Wellness

by Megan Hunter ASEBP | October 22 2015 | 4 Comments

This week I was driving back to the office from a Body Composition set up meeting with one of our amazing school jurisdictions and it left me thinking about the ways individual health assessments can complement larger group health initiatives—yes, it was a long drive! The line can seem a bit grey when planning a health initiative at the group level. It’s easy to mistake an individual program or…»

How to (Metaphorically) Eat an Elephant

by Shandy McLean ASEBP | October 15 2015 | 4 Comments

Have you ever started a project or made a to-do list that left you feeling overwhelmed and not sure where to start? I have. This feeling is usually followed by me fist shaking and wailing (dramatically to myself) “Complexity breeds despair!” You too? Great—I suspected I wasn’t the only one. Over time, and with support and advice from my mentors, I’ve figured out that there are a number…»

The Rocky Road of Priorities

by Lorna Muise Alberta Health Services | October 8 2015 | 6 Comments

A professor stood before his class and had some items in front of him. When class began he quietly picked up a large empty jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between…»