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Spirit of Healthy Kids

The Spirit of Healthy Kids Regional Program is a partnership between Northern Health, the Prince George Cougars, Vista Radio and the Spirit of the North Health Care Foundation. Using local hockey players as role models, the program teaches elementary school children:

Prince George Cougars participating in Spirit of Healthy Kids program

  • The importance of reading and physical activity
  • Healthy and philanthropic behaviours such as being kind, and helping friends, family, and the community

The program’s benefits include healthier students, plus a chance to win $5,000, $1,000, or $500 for your school. And after all, healthier students are better learners!

Program now available across Northern BC

The program has been delivered to over 18,000 students in Prince George. In October 2019, the program will become regional! This means elementary schools across Northern BC can participate.

Program overview

The Spirit of Healthy Kids Regional Program will accept applications from interested schools starting October 1, 2019. Applications close at 11:59 pm on October 31, 2019. Applications will be reviewed based on the criteria below.

Six schools will be selected to participate in the challenge based on their descriptions of the project they would spend the $5,000 or $1,000 on. The school with the highest level of participation based on students registered at the time of the challenge will receive a $5,000 grant towards a health-promoting project. The other five participating schools will receive a $1,000 grant.

NOTE: If your browser doesn't display the 'Fillable PDF' forms below, download and save the PDF to your desktop and open it in Adobe Acrobat Reader or alternatively use the MS Word version.

Step one: Apply (by October 31)

  1. Read the application guide (PDF)
  2. Download the application form (Fillable PDF)
  3. Download the application form (MS Word)
  4. Complete the application form. Be as detailed and specific as you can. The better we understand your project, the more likely you are to be approved!
  5. Submissions are now closed.
  6. Not selected as a participant school? No problem! Your school can still submit completed tracking sheets to be entered into a random draw for a $500 grant.

Step two: Participate (by December 13, 2019)

  1. Watch the program video (also seen above) by December 2, 2019.
  2. Use the activity tracking sheets to record reading, physical activity, and other good deeds and healthy choices during the two-week challenge period. Complete the challenge by December 13, 2019.
  3. Collect student tracking forms, (signed by parents). Scan and send the completed forms to to be reviewed by the program team.
  4. Complete the evaluation form (Fillable PDF) or the MS Word version and send to

To help make your application as strong as possible, consider these points when planning:

  • Does the plan address one of the program focus areas?
    • Reading
    • Physical activity
    • Healthy eating
    • Philanthropy
    • Smoke and vape prevention
    • Injury prevention
    • Dental health
    • Mental health and wellness
    • Prevention of substance harms
  • Does the plan address a problem in your school?
  • Has your plan been thoroughly thought through? Is it complete?
  • Will there be a lasting impact for future students?
  • Are there partners outside the school that could help or support your plan?
  • Can the success of your plan be measured?
  • Are other resources needed to support your plan and if so, are they readily available?

The more these points are considered, the better the chance of your project has being accepted to participate in the challenge!


Funding limitations
  • Must be within the Northern Health Region
  • Must be an elementary school (Kindergarten – Grade 7)
  • Must address program focus area


Do I need a project partner to apply?

Partnerships aren’t required, but preference will be given to projects that include partnerships and relationship-building within the community. When listing partners on the application, they must be from outside of the applying organization and each partner’s roles and responsibilities in the project should be clearly stated. Letters of support from project partners should be included with the application.

For example, if a school is listing their local municipality as a partner, it would be ideal to have a letter of support from the municipality declaring their support for the project.

How detailed should my application be?

Application to the Spirit of Healthy Kids Regional Program is a competitive process. When reviewing your application, the screening committee should be able to easily understand the goals of the project and the plans that will be put in place to achieve them. The more details included in your application, the better. Ensure that the project budget is clear and includes all costs that will be associated with the project activities.

I missed the application deadline. Can I still apply?

To be fair to all applicants, we cannot accept applications after the deadline (October 31, 2019). If you missed the deadline, we encourage you to apply for the program next year, or to complete the challenge and submit to win a $500 draw prize.


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