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Healthy Eating


Healthy eating is important for children’s growth and development and helps them learn and perform better.  Educators can play an important role in encouraging students to adopt healthy eating habits by providing education to encourage decision-making that supports healthy eating, and by working with their school community to create a supportive healthy eating environment for students.

Lesson Plans

Curriculum Supports

  • Nutrition Resources for Secondary School Curriculum (PDF) – These resources have been suggested by the health unit to support educators in teaching healthy eating curriculum.
  • Eat Well and Be Active Educational Toolkit – Designed by Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada to help teach healthy eating and physical activity and encourage students to take action to maintain and improve their health. The toolkit contains an Eat Well and Be Active Every Day poster, activity plans and images.

SMDHU Programs 

The health unit also offers a variety of programs and services for secondary schools (PDF), covering a wide range of health-related topics.

Additional Resources

Visit the healthy eating section of the health unit’s website for more information on healthy eating across the lifespan, food security, food skills, healthy weights, and more.

Are you concerned about a student and/or would like additional information related to counseling or community supports? Find out where to get help.

Staff at the health unit are currently reviewing recommended lesson plans and curriculum supports for educators to align with Ontario’s 2015 Health and Physical Education Curriculum. Please use your discretion in determining which lesson plans and curriculum supports to use in your classroom. Updated and new resources will be posted online as available. 


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