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Champions for Health Promoting Schools

Champions for Health Promoting Schools UFV Kinesiology

International Kinesiology Study Tour

The UFV Champions for Health Promoting Schools is fully student-funded program dedicated to improving the life chances of children and their families within Antigua/Barbuda and the West Indies through health and physical education.

This is an international collaboration between Life Skills Teaching and the Antigua/Barbuda Ministry of Education's Child Friendly Schools Initiative.

Applications are currenly being accepted for 2019. Visit the Champions for Health Promoting Schools website for instructions. 

Program Objectives:

  • expand opportunities for students to play leadership roles at school and in the community in which they live
  • relate academic learning to care for self, others, and environments that support growth
  • integrate health education within all aspects of the curriculum
  • build bridges between community health projects and school projects eg. safe communities, environmental protection
  • support for the Antigua/Barbuda, West Indies Ministry of Education, Sports, Youth and Gender Affairs in the Implementation of the UNICEF Child Friendly Schools Initiative

Suggested Prerequisites:

KIN 221

KIN 360

Study Tour Courses:

9 Credits Upper KIN Electives (KIN 399, KIN 490 D and KIN 490 E)

The four week study tour runs every May. 

Applications will be made available every September 15th.

Program-Community Involvement

Students from the University of the Fraser Valley were immersed in teaching and promotion of Life Skills Learning through various unique activities. The UFV team volunteered at the 4th Annual Sir Regional Samuel Track and Field Meet, the Antigua Tennis Organization as well as the Antigua Youth Basketball Program.

In Class Teaching

Through health and physical education classes, over 2000 students were directly exposed to various health dimension which not only provide information about how students can live a healthy lifestyle but also how their family, friends and other members of the community can follow in these same footsteps. Topics ranged from physical literacy through movement education, to life skills around cooperation, teamwork, communication, bullying, decision making, hygiene management and nutrition.

Unity Games‌

Over 2500 students were actively involved in the UFV Unity Games, school run activity days surrounding the 5 dimensions of health (social, physical, intellectual, environmental and emotional well-being). Through child centered games (physical, cognitive and emotional domains), students enhanced their understanding of how to live a healthy life. The Unity Games are attended by principals, teachers, parents and members of the community. 


The kinesiology program has not only exposed me to the theory, but has equipped me with a vast amount of practical knowledge, applications, and tools to use in the future. This program has led me to pursue a career in medicine where I can have a positive impact on other and help them live a healthy life.

  • – P.J. Retief
  •    Kinesiology (Class of 2017)