APPLE Schools is an innovative school-focused health promotion initiative. It impacts the lives of more than 20,000 students annually in 74 schools across British Columbia, northern Alberta, Northwest Territories, and Manitoba by improving their healthy eating, physical activity, and mental health habits.
APPLE Schools is an award-winning, recognized organization. In 2019, it was recognized as a global top 100 education innovation of 2020 by HundrED, a non-profit in Finland that seeks and shares inspiring K-12 innovations from around the world. The HundrED academy reviewed more than 2008 innovations, and chose APPLE Schools based on its pioneering status and ability to create scalable impact, reaching more than 20,000 vulnerable students.
In 2017, the organization was awarded the Board Award of Excellence from the Fort McMurray Public School district, and the Alberta School Boards Association (ASBA) Friends of Education award from Northland School Division for successfully championing healthy schools. Most recently, APPLE Schools was honoured to receive the provincial ASBA Friends of Education award.
The project is guided by the Board of Directors, of The APPLE Schools Foundation, which is a registered charitable foundation.
What People Are Saying
"“APPLE Schools integrated a way for me to always be healthy during my regular life, and I think I can keep using that for a long time.” "
— APPLE school alumni, 2011-15 (Timberlea School, Fort McMurray), when a
"“Exam time stresses me out. It was fun to work with my friends on the Address Your Stress campaign to find ways to help deal with this stress.” "
— Grade 7 student, Holy Trinity Catholic School, Fort McMurray.
"“I really like taste testing. I get to try new foods and decide what I like and don’t like. I really like hummus!” "
— Grade 5 student, Bill Woodward School, Conklin.
"“The students are a joy to watch trying to make positive choices to be helpful to themselves by eating healthy, staying active, growing their minds, and contributing to the community of CARE that we are living at Lee Ridge.” "
— Elaine Rederburg, Success Coach, Lee Ridge School, Edmonton
"“APPLE Schools is definitely incorporated into all that we do. If kids are eating healthy, getting enough sleep, very active, they are going to be happier kids. And that’s what we see in our building – happy kids ready to learn.” "
— Claudette Fidler, Principal, École St. Paul School, Fort McMurray
"“Our students who turned up their noses at vegetables in September are now devouring fresh veggies we grow in our tower garden, affectionately called the Green Monster. They are also making wiser food choices as they become more informed.” "
— Cal Johnson, Principal, Conklin School, Conklin