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Healthy Buddies Pilot Project

In 2009-2010, Manitoba’s Healthy Schools Initiative (a partnership between Manitoba Healthy Living, Youth and Seniors, Healthy Child Manitoba and Manitoba Education) ran the Healthy Buddies™ Program as a pilot project in 20 elementary schools across the province.

First started in British Columbia, Healthy Buddies™ was developed by physicians and educators to promote community health and prevent chronic disease.  It is a school-based health promotion program that works to empower elementary school children to live healthier lives.  Healthy Buddies™ focuses on encouraging healthy attitudes and behaviours in three areas of health:

  • Physical activity (or Go Move!)
  • Eating healthy (or Go Fuel!)
  • Feeling good about yourself (or Go Feel Good!)

Healthy Buddies™ uses a peer teaching model by partnering younger students with older “buddies” who serve as mentors and healthy role models.  Together students learn to make healthy choices that will help them lead healthier lives. 

The purpose of this pilot was to evaluate the effectiveness of Healthy Buddies™ in Manitoba. Click here to download a short form report summarizing the key findings of the evaluation PDF

Additional information pertaining to Manitoba can be found at:

For more information about Healthy Buddies™, visit:

Healthy Schools Consultation 2 Report

Taking Action: Moving Evidence into Practice

Presentations from the 2011 Healthy Schools Conference:
Taking Action: Moving Evidence into Practice
February 8, 2011
Hilton Suites Winnipeg Airport
1800 Wellington Ave., Winnipeg MB

Taking Action was a free conference for school communities and partners to share their stories of how they have moved theory and evidence into practice. It was an opportunity for conference participants to network, share ideas, discover new projects and learn from one another’s experiences. The conference keynote was Doug Gleddie. Doug is an instructor in the Physical Education Department at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta, and formerly the executive director of Ever Active Schools Alberta.

Conference Program PDF

Keynote: Moving Together: Stories and Strategies for Action PDF
Doug Gleddie

Plenary Presentation - Youth Health Survey PDF
Dr. Jane Griffith

Plenary Presentation - Early Development Instrument PDF
Dr. Rob Santos

Breakout Sessions:
The Breakout sessions represented a sampling of exciting initiatives that are taking place right here in Manitoba.  They are innovative examples of community partnerships working together for a common goal: creating Healthy Schools. 

A1, B1, C1 (Repeated) – Youth Health Survey: Moving Evidence into Action PDF

  • Bev Unger, Public Health Manager, South Eastman RHA
  • Angela Burtnack-Schinkel, Health Education/Physical Education Curriculum Support Team, Hanover School Division
  • Troy Reinhardt, Vice Principal, Windsor Park Collegiate
  • Marilyn Thorington, Principal, Windsor Park Collegiate
  • Derek Bramadat, Physical and Health Education Coordinator, St. James-Assiniboia School Division
  • Sharon Walters, Community Facilitator, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
  • Potula Locken, Educational Support Services Coordinator, St. James-Assiniboia School Division

A2 – Community Gardens – “and this is my garden”

  • Don McCaskill, Assistant Superintendent, Frontier School Division

A3 – Tobacco reduction strategies for Manitoba schools

A4 – Evidence-based School Pilot Projects 1 PDF

B2 – Promoting and Protecting Positive Mental Health of ChildrenPDF

  • Marion Cooper, Mental Health Promotion Team, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
  • Laurie McPherson, Mental Health Promotion Team, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
  • Karen Kyliuk, Mental Health Promotion Team, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
  • Annette Alix Roussin, Aboriginal Health Programs and Mental Health Promotion Team, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
  • Grant McManes, Healthy Living Coordinator, Louis Riel School Division PDF

B3 – Putting School Nutrition Policies into Practice

B4 – Evidence-based School Pilot Projects 2

C2 – Addressing Problematic Substance Use in Youth PDF

C3 – Healthy Sexuality and Youth

C4 – Manitoba’s Healthy Schools Initiative

Healthy Schools is a partnership of:
Health, Seniors and Active Living
Education and Training | Healthy Child Manitoba