Resources for Educators
Public Health is committed to assisting educators to incorporate healthy eating and active living into the classroom setting, as well as role modeling healthy habits for the students to last a lifetime. Public Health Dietitians support your schools by working with student nutrition programs and offering training to school staff to create healthy school nutrition environments
Take a whole school approach to improving nutrition! BrightBites is a free program that offers tips, tools and public health support to help your school create a healthy nutrition environment. Elementary and secondary schools can take part in challenges, earn badges, and rise up in the BrightBites Hall of Fame. Teachers will find engaging ideas for activities and curriculums to support these efforts. Taking part will also help your school to meet the Ontario School Food and Beverage Policy (PPM 150). Follow BrightBitesCA on social media for more information about school nutrition from Ontario Public Health Dietitians.
Recipes for Student Nutrition Programs
In 2016 new guidelines for what can be served in Ontario student breakfast, snack, and lunch program were released, for more information you can visit the Ministry of Children and Youth Services website. Check out these Recipes for Student Nutrition Programs created by Ontario Dietitians working in public health.
Packing a healthy lunch for your child – or making any meal of the day for that matter - can be frustrating. What will they eat? What do you want them to eat? The key is working together to give them choices from the four food groups. Public Health’s pamphlet School Lunch Your Kids Will Munch is a great place to start.
For a fresh take on school fundraising using Ontario fruits and vegetables enroll with Fresh from the Farm - a collaborative initiative between the Ontario Ministry of Education, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food, the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association, and Dietitians of Canada
Curriculum –based programs
The Ontario Physical and Health Education Association has excellent resources for the school setting at http://hpe.ophea.net/. This online resource is designed to support your entire school community in addressing healthy eating and active living. You will find curriculum-based lessons, school nutrition checklists, interactive tools and templates, and printer-friendly pages.
Resources to Borrow from Grey Bruce Public Health
Cover Girl Culture DVD – explores how media impacts teens and young women
Portion Kits: 12 food models and a backgrounder document
Supersize Me DVD -recommended for grades 6 and up
Supersize Me Discussion Guide to be used if the DVD is shown in the classroom
The Healthy Kitchen– a 3-panel display with question and answer doors about Canada’s Food Guide * some assembly required
Call Public Health to book these resources or to inquire about our newest resource: Nutrition Tools for Schools from the CHSNE (Creating a Healthy School Nutrition Environment) working group.
Other Good Resources