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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

  • Body Image Lesson Plans – Suggested for Kindergarten to Grade 8. These curriculum supports, lesson plans, background information, activities, videos, and facilitator manuals were developed by Peel Public Health to assist educators in promoting and supporting healthy body image with their students.
  • Ophea:  H&PE Curriculum Resources – For Grades 1 to 8. These curriculum resources are available to subscribing School Boards across Ontario through a password protected website. The resources are organized into two main sections that are consistent with the 2015 H&PE Curriculum:  Movement Competence & Active Living, and Healthy Living. Talk to your school’s Health and Physical Education Lead or Curriculum Consultant to find out if your School Board subscribes.
  • Sip SmartTM Ontario – A licensed classroom educational program for Grades 3 to 7 about sugary drinks and about making healthy drink choices. Teachers can use Sip Smart!™ Ontario lessons to meet expectations in the Ontario Ministry of Education’s Health and Physical Education Curriculum. 

Curriculum Supports

  • Nutrition Resources for Elementary School Curriculum (PDF) – These resources have been suggested by the health unit to support educators in teaching healthy eating curriculum.
  • Teach Nutrition – For Kindergarten to Grade 8. This website was created by registered dietitians for teachers. A variety of programs and resources including videos, activities, and games are available online to support Ontario educators teaching healthy eating components of the curriculum. Most downloadable PDFs are also available in French. Free teacher workshops are also available.

SMDHU Programs

The health unit also offers a variety of programs and services for elementary 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 counselling or community supports? Find out where to get help.



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