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Promoting healthy eating in schools

Promoting Healthy Eating in Schools

Healthy eating contributes to creating a healthier school environment. Healthier students are better prepared to learn. The way nutrition is promoted in the school environment should be consistent with the nutrition information being taught in the classroom, to help shape and inform lifelong healthy eating habits among students.

The benefits of a Healthy School Food Culture are endless.


The following action plan ideas are provided to help with addressing the topic of healthy eating at school. Include a selection of activities from each of the five sections bellow, or brainstorm ideas of your own:

There are many ways to engage students in healthy eating initiatives, such as:

  • Engage community partners in the development, planning, and implementation of Healthy Schools initiatives. Check out our Community Partnerships page.
  • Share BrightBites as a resource with teachers, students and school council for planning and implementing activities and initiatives to improve the school food culture in your school.
  • Provide parent, student and community education about healthy eating and food safety, e.g. School Lunch Your Kids Will Munch.
  • Encourage parents and volunteers to take the You're the Chef leader's training to offer food skills program to students- Currently on hold for 2021-2022
  • Share resources with your students and their families to encourage healthy meal and snack choices at school and at home.
  • Encourage parents to send in fruit trays and themed veggie trays instead of candy and cupcakes for celebrations, or consider whether food is really necessary to celebrate every event.
  • Include non-food activities on school fundraising plans. Examples:  dance-a-thon, poinsettia or magazine sales, or fundraise with healthy options like oranges or grapefruit or Fresh from the Farm fundraising.
  • Encourage volunteers to take a certified food handler training certification to support the Student Nutrition Program in the school.
  • Offer vegetables and fruit with catered lunch days.
  • Arrange for educational visits to visit local farms, greenhouses, farmers' markets or grocery stores.
  • Arrange for your school to be a Good Food Box drop/pick up site.
  • Involve families and local community in school/community gardens/greenhouses.
  • Partner with local community groups to apply for grants to support healthy eating initiatives.
  • Partner with local community kitchens or Georgian College hospitality program for food skills opportunities.

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