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Healthy Eating in Schools

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Healthy Eating in Schools

Together we can make the healthy choice the easy choice!

As a parent or caregiver, there are many ways that you can support healthy eating at your child’s school.  Promote healthy eating by getting involved at school and offering healthy choices at home.  As a role model, you can teach your children healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime!

Why Healthy Eating at School?

Nutrition plays a key role in healthy child development. Well-nourished children are more likely to get the energy and essential nutrients they need to grow, be active, stay healthy and do well at school. Healthy eating habits formed in childhood will help children to grow into healthy adults.

Take steps towards creating a healthy school nutrition environment at your school.  There are many ways you can get involved:

Together we can make the healthy choice the easy choice!

For additional support or ideas for creating healthy eating environments at your school, please call a Registered Dietitian at 705-743-1000 ext 233.

Healthy Lunches and Snacks

Studies show that well-nourished children are able to concentrate longer and perform better at school.  Children are ready to learn and are more alert when they eat a variety of healthy choices from the four food groups in Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide.  Aim for lunches that include foods from all four food groups and snacks that include at least 2 food groups.

The foods you pack for your child will give them the energy and nutrients they need to learn and play at school. From planning to packing, get everyone in the family involved when making lunches and snacks. This is a great opportunity to reinforce what your child will learn at school about healthy eating. It is also a way to get children in the kitchen to start developing simple food skills at an early age.

Looking for lunch and snack ideas?

For more tips and ideas on packing school lunches and snacks, visit www.eatrightontario.ca and click on School Health.

To book a Healthy Lunch Display for your school or event, please call 705-743-1000 ext 316.


Food For Kids:  Breakfast & Snack Programs

Student Nutrition Programs provide nutritious breakfasts and snacks based on Canada’s Food Guide.  Locally, school breakfast and snack programs are supported by Food for Kids Peterborough.  Visit the Food for Kids website at www.FoodforKidsPtbo.ca for more information.

BrightBites

Want to boost school nutrition? Receive recognition. One bite at a time.

BrightBites.ca has something for everyone interested in improving school nutrition!  From insightful blog and Facebook posts, inspiring tweets and helpful Pinterest boards, to easy-to-follow project ideas (badges), you can involve students and make healthy eating fun and easier!

Created by Registered Dietitians, this innovative program celebrates small steps that can make a big impact to improve the culture of good food at school.  It can have a big impact on the physical health and mental well-being of students, staff and their families.

Available in English and French, Bright Bites is designed to work on all types of devices including smartphones, tablets and smartboards.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and email us at brightbitesca@gmail.com if you have any questions.

School Nutrition Policies

Visit the  PVNCCDSB and KPRDSB School Nutrition Policies or talk to your principal to learn more.

Last modified on Dec 14, 2017