Nutrition

Adequate and proper nutrition is key to healthy development for children and youth. Eating patterns developed early in life have an impact on lifetime health. (Healthy Settings for Young People in Canada, 2008, Public Health Agency of Canada).

Food Choices in the School Community

Making it Happen: Healthy Eating at School
   

BC Dairy Association, the BC Ministry of Health, and the Knowledge Network. 

This site includes tips, recipes, and resources to help schools to select and serve healthy foods. It includes quantity-cooking recipes, school garden toolkits, ideas for eating locally and being allergy-aware and more. It includes a school self-assessment tool.

Nutrition Positive
   

Saskatoon Health Region, CHEP, UofS, and School Divisions. 

Nutrition Positive is a partnership program to bring good nutrition into the whole school community, encouraging good health through nutritious food choices. Classroom and school activities, staff events, fundraising projects and meal programs all focus on good nutrition and creating healthy food environments. Their manual includes guides, activities, links to SK curriculum, evaluation and more.

Healthy Foods for my School
 

Government of Saskatchewan. 

A guide to help schools provide healthy food options for students, including tips on reading labels and choosing foods.

Food Mentoring Program
   

Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region. 

A training program designed for educators to build capacity within agencies to deliver consistent nutrition messaging that supports key messages from registered dietitians. Using the Canada's Food Guide and case studies, it supports trainees in having the skills and confidence to plan and implement basic nutrition education and in increasing their knowledge of the why, what and how of healthy eating.

Contact the RQHR Health Promotion Department at: 306.766.6320

Nutrition Coordinator Self-study Course
   

Public Health Nutritionists of Saskatchewan, Northwest Regional College. 

This is a self-study course that has been developed by the Public Health Nutritionists of Saskatchewan working group for people working primarily in school and day care settings. It provides an understanding or basic nutrition, menu planning, budgeting, purchasing and food production. Cost $215, comes with manual.

Farm to Cafeteria
   

Farm to Cafeteria Canada. 

Success stories, resources, toolkits, and support for serving locally-sourced foods in schools

Healthy Choices for Vending Machines
   

Nutrition Tools for Schools - ON. 

Contains ideas for making a healthy vending machine action plan, deciding what to sell, promoting it, reviewing progress, ensuring sustainability, and sharing success.

Eat Smart Celebrations
   

Action Schools! BC. 

Celebrations and parties are a fun way to mark special events or holidays and give schools the chance to reinforce classroom food and nutrition lessons. With a few easy changes, most food and drinks can support the health and learning of students and expose them to a variety of new types of food and flavours.

From the Ground Up - Yukon Healthy Choice Fundraiser
   

Yukon Health and School Services- Governemnt of Yukon. 

From The Ground Up has come up with some great classroom resources that introduce wonderful ideas that incorporate the fundraiser with learning activities.

Farm to school - healthy choice fundriaser
   

Farm to School. 

A not-for-profit facilitating selling locally-sourced foods for fundraising in schools and daycares in Saskatchewan and other provinces.

Fundraising the Healthy Way!
     

Alberta Health Services. 

Ideas for healthy fundraising at special events and in the community.

Healthy Fundraising for Schools
   

Dash! BC. 

A guide to support a range of healthy fundraising ideas to support your school goals.

Bake Better Bites (2014): Recipes and Tips for Healthier Baked Goods
 

Dietitians of Canada. 

This resource contains recipes and tips for preparing healthy baked goods while supporting schools to meet the 2013 edition of the Guidelines for Food and Beverages Sales in BC Schools. Bake Better Bites is helpful for parents, community volunteers, school staff and students and could be used to meet the Government of Saskatchewan Healthy Eating Guidelines, as well.

Encouraging Healthy Eating

Positive Role Modeling
   

Nutrition Tools for Schools. 

Includes fact sheets and worksheets to better understand how the adults and older students in your school can be positive role models for health. It looks at the language used around food and eating, eating behaviours and interactions with children at meal and snack times.

The Reverse Lunch Toolkit: Play before Lunch!
   

Alberta Health Services. 

Reverse Lunch aims to encourage the development of healthy eating behaviours by providing comfortable and calm eating spaces for children. This is when students go outside to play before eating their lunches. This helps students to behave better, waste less and eat more of their lunch, focus on eating, and more.

The School Zone and Nutrition: Courses of Action for the Municipal Sector
   

Quebec Public Health Associaiton. 

A guide presenting courses of action for municipalities wishing to improve the food environment of children by through sound land-use planning and an appropriate spatial distribution of commercial uses. This includes limiting the presence of fast-food restaurants near schools.

Sport Nutrition Resources
 

Coaching Association of Canada. 

Information and fact sheets on training diet, tips for parents, nutrition on the road, and tips for parents. Their site also includes a Sport Nutritionist Registry

Promoting Healthy Eating in Schools
   

Alberta Health Services. 

Tips for parents and educators for promoting healthy eating in school.

Eating Healthy at School
   

PEI Healthy Eating Alliance. 

Tips for parents and educators for promoting healthy eating in school.

Tasting Parties
   

Action Schools BC. 

This guide has ideas for fun activities to make healthy foods exciting including Tasting parties that have children explore healthy foods (pg 44). It also includes learning activities on healthy eating.

Saskatchewan Seed Kit
   

Agriculture in the Classroom. 

This kit contains 14 types of commonly grown seeds in Saskatchewan, classification charts, lesson plans and pictures of the field crops. The kit contains enough supplies to break your class into five groups. Maximum order 1/teacher

The Great Big Crunch
   

Food Share. 

The Great Big Crunch is a special day of good food education, ending with a massive, synchronized bite into a crunchy apple to celebrate.

Growing, Preparing and Cooking Food with Youth

Child Nutrition program and Community Kitchen training
 

REACH (Regina). 

This Regina-based program provides funding and support to Regina schools, and other groups to serve nutritous meals and snacks. They also have a Community Kitchen Training once or twice a year where participants can learn the basics of setting up and facilitating a community kitchen or cooking program ($25).

Kids Kitchens, Community Gardening, and More
 

CHEP (Saskatoon). 

Kids Kitchens is a hands-on nutrition program whereby children learn basic cooking and nutrition skills in a fund atmoshpere. CHEP does these in Saskatoon, but will also travel to some Rural locations to train educators in other areas. CHEP also has a variety of other Children's nutrition programs.

Cooking up Chicken: an Instructional Resource For Food Studies 10/30 and Commercial Cooking
 

Agriculture in the Classroom. 

This series of lesson plans is designed to be used either singularly or in combination with the others presented in the package. Together, they will meet the objectives as set out by Ministry of Education Curriculum for Applied Arts and Science 10/30 Food Studies and Commercial Cooking.

School Community Gardens: School Ground Greening
   

Saskatchewan School Boards Association. 

Guidelines for school garden or greening projects including rationale, benefits, and promising practices.

School Garden Resources
 

Food Regina. 

A list of school gardening resources, including information about outdoor/indoor gardens and available grants for schools.

Start a School Food Garden
 

Healthy Eating at School. 

Tips for starting a school garden (note that some are BC-specific)

Growing Minds: Farm to school
 

Growing Minds. 

This site provides steps to a classroom garden

Little Green Thumbs
 

Agriculture in the Classroom. 

An indoor gardening program to give students the opportunity to produce food co-operatively, while learning about nutrition, environmental stuardship, sustainable food systems, and community interdependence.

Create a Space Regina
 

Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region. 

A pilot project transforming an organization's unused space into an edible green space - leading the way, step-by-step for other organizations to do the same. Check out their site for inspiration!

Your guide to Composting
 

City of Regina. 

Guide to starting a school or class compost

Healthy Weights and Body Image

Healthy Bodies for Children and Teens
   

Dietitians of Canada (with support from the BC Ministry of Health). 

Focus tested messages for parents and teens to promote a healthy body image and healthy eating habits. Messages and related tips are also available as fact sheets and new ones can be generated.

The Student Body: Promoting Health at Every Size
   

Sick Kids Hospital and IWK Health Centre. 

An evidence-based Canadian site that includes a teacher training module designed to help alert teachers (and parents) to ffactors that can trigger unhealthy dieting among children, and ways to provent it. It addresses things such as media and peer pressure, role models, and the school climate.

Body Images: a self-esteem and body image curriculum
   

National Eating Disorder Information Centre. 

A free curriculum for grades 4-8 that addresses a gap in media literacy and teaches students to explore how and why media messages are constructed, before allowing them to create their own. It includes lesson objectives, plans and examples; worksheets, evaluation rubrics, and tips sheets.

Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity
 

Website with resources, videos, research, fact sheets, handouts, web links addressing issues of obesity, healthy eating environments, youth and the media

Eating Disorders in Schools: Prevention, Early Identification and Response
   

NEDC: National Eating Disorders Collaboration. 

A professional resource that includes background information on eating disorders, how to recognize and respond to them and support a student recovering from them, and ideas on how to prmote health and wellbeing within the school.

Media Smarts: Canada’s Centre for Digital and Media Literacy
   

This website contains variety of teacher resources about media and body image that can be searched by subject.

Accessibility of Healthy Food

The Cost of Healthy Eating in Saskatcehwan
 

Dietitians of Canada (DC). 

Discusses how much it costs to buy nutritious foods across the province of Saskatchewan and solutions to address food security. Also included is a food cost calculator to help individuals, families, and groups estimate the cost of healthy eating for a week or a month for their home or organization.

Food Allergies

Food Allergies in Schools
       

Food Allergy Canada. 

A website featuring a course for educators, allergen training for foodservice, webinars, fact sheets, checklists, support, an anaphylaxis emergency plan, and a policy development plan.

Support youth and community well-being through the collaborative action of community partners working together. Through evidence, tools and resources, SAYCW supports stakeholders to turn the knowledge gained through the youth health survey into health promoting action.

SAYCW 2016 Provincial Youth Health Report
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