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Jamie talks with Ben Schworer from Rocky Mountain Collective, a cannabis shop in Hinton, Alberta about how teachers, health promotion professionals, and cannabis retailers are unlikely allies in keeping cannabis out of the hands of youth.

Elizabeth talks with Lisa Taylor, an instructor at the University of Calgary, about small shifts to embed wellness in your daily routine as a teacher. She shares stories about how she became health champion in the schools where she taught and how…

Elizabeth speaks with Lisa Bush, author of the book Teaching Well: How Healthy, Empowered Teachers Lead to Thriving, Successful Classrooms, about how teachers can intentionally change what’s under their control to be a well-rounded, happy teacher. She…

Elizabeth talks with Dana, a teacher and instructor at the University of Calgary and the University of Pennsylvania, about the need to prioritize teacher wellbeing in addition to student wellbeing when it comes to school health promotion. She shares…

Jamie and Elizabeth share their unique experiences of teaching in alternative school programs and student leadership initiatives in this episode that focuses on how school can be a site for skill development, social belonging, and positive mental…

Elizabeth speaks with Dr. Kate Storey, associate professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta, about how teachers can promote wellbeing in small but real ways. She focuses on the need for a good night’s rest and how we can…

Elizabeth talks with Dr. Teresa Fowler, assistant professor at Concordia University, on how trauma can affect student learning and behaviour. She shares stories and strategies on how to respond with compassion when students who have experienced trauma…

Elizabeth speaks with Andrew Baxter, who works with Alberta Health Services to promote mental health literacy, about teachers’ role in promoting mental health in the school setting. He provides useful information on the most common mental disorders…

Jamie speaks with Caroline Gosling, a former educator and current board member with the Alberta Restorative Justice Association, about restorative justice. Caroline shares proactive ways to build restorative cultures in schools and how restorative…

Elizabeth talks with Krista Dumba, a teacher and nurse who currently works with Alberta Health Services on mental health promotion, on the many health benefits of kindness. She shares inspiring ideas and examples of teachers who have helped their…

Elizabeth talks with Grade 3/4 teacher Tracey Tinley, recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence, on how flexible seating can impact multiple areas of wellbeing for students. She shares practical, budget-friendly strategies on how…

Elizabeth talks with Lianne Lee, Director of the Alberta Healthy Youth Relationships Strategy, about social-emotional learning and how key relationships are to youth development. Lianne shares how teachers can help students who may be experiencing…

Jamie chats with Chris Fenlon-MacDonald, a specialist with the Calgary Board of Education, on ways to incorporate physical activity and movement into the school day and why all teachers share in the responsibility to help students move more.

Dr. Shannon Kell, associate professor at Mount Royal University, joins Jamie to discuss the benefits to both students and teachers of being outside and connecting with nature. Dr. Kell shares ways to gradually incorporate the outdoors into your…

Elizabeth talks with Katherine Zavodni and Anna Lutz, dietitians with expertise in treating eating disorders, about striking the right balance when teaching about healthy eating and nutrition in schools. They provide suggestions for a developmentally…

Elizabeth and Dr. Shelly Russell-Mayhew, a psychologist who researches weight-based issues as a professor at the University of Calgary, talk about weight bias and how to promote holistic health at school. They share how to respond to weight-based…

Elizabeth talks with Medical Health Officers Dr. Hu and Dr. Gustafson in November 2020 to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the school context. They share how the pandemic has highlighted social inequities and the importance of multidimensional…

Jamie is joined by Chrysta Bell, a program consultant in Alberta Health Services’ Tobacco Reduction Program, who shares her knowledge and expertise around tangible strategies for preventing tobacco use by students.

Elizabeth talks with Scott Bailey, a wellness consultant with Ever Active Schools, about the importance of health promotion in schools and why they’re an ideal place for upstream approaches to improve wellness. They discuss what Comprehensive School…