The First Nations Education Steering Committee and the First Nations Schools Association, with support from the First Nations Health Authority, administer the Circle of Well Being program. The mandate of the program is to support BC First Nations schools in educating their students to:
- Make healthy food choices by including fruits and vegetables in their daily diets, reducing their sugar intake and drinking water,
- Be physically active,
- Maintain and improve emotional well-being.
Education research supports the correlation between well-being (healthy living) and school success: academic performance, education behavior and cognitive skills and attitudes. Research also finds that by investing in the health of students, it contributes to generating healthy communities. The program framework is a flexible model that recognizes the diversity of First Nations schools and communities in BC.