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.