Red Deer Public School District

Move Your Mood takes over Red Deer Public Schools!

Students and staff in Red Deer Public Schools are focusing on their mental and physical health over the next eight weeks as they take part in the Move Your Mood School Challenge.

The challenge, which is in partnership with the Alberta Health Services' Move Your Mood program and the ParticipACTION Community Better campaign, stems from the District’s Valuing Mental Health initiative. The goal is to get 12,000 people moving and learning about the value of physical activity on their overall wellness.

“Our goal is to reach every child and every staff member in each of our schools and encourage them to be active in fun ways, as they strive to improve their overall health and wellness,” said Brian Madill, Coordinator with Student Services. “Under the Valuing Mental Health initiative we have these pieces that include physical literacy and physical wellness, but we also have the piece that includes mental literacy and mental wellness and this challenge is really the bridge that connects both pieces.”

Over the course of the eight week challenge, each school is sharing eight school-wide messages about how everything, from having increased ability to focus, learn, and heal better, to being able to unwind better, be happier and even make friends better, improves when you incorporate physical activity into your daily life. Schools are also planning various school-wide activities, which all students and staff are encouraged to participate in, so they can feel these effects first-hand.

“This program is a healthy lifestyle program that is teaching youth that when they are physically active, it enhances their mental wellness as well as their physical wellness,” said Denise Fredeen, Health Promotion Facilitator for Alberta Health Services. “Our goal is to reach all children with this message and that’s why we created the Move Your Mood School Challenge so that every child is getting the message through their school. Some children’s families are also participating in the Move Your Mood Family Challenge, which is community-wide as well.”

At the end of the 8 week challenge, three Fitbits will be awarded, one at each level of: elementary, middle and high school. The submitted student names will also be eligible to win one of eight, $50 Subway gift cards.