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Healthy Eating

Nutrition programs and resources are available to elementary and secondary schools in Haldimand and Norfolk. These programs and resources are intended to help schools create a healthy nutrition environment.

 Does your school have a healthy food culture? Watch this short video developed by York Region to find out what this means and how schools can influence our eating habits.


Lesson Plans and Activities


  • A free program that offers curriculum supports, activities, and school-wide initiatives to help improve your school’s nutrition environment
  • Elementary and secondary schools or classes can take part in challenges and activities to earn badges
  • Each badge includes simple steps, free tools, and helpful links, so everything you need is in one place

Eat Well and Be Active Educational Toolkit

  • Designed to help teach children and adults about healthy eating and physical activity
  • Toolkit includes a poster, presentation, and activity plans

Freggie TM In-School Program

  • Encourages consumptions of fruits and vegetables
  • Download free lesson plans for Gr. 1-6 that align with Ontario curriculum and Ministry health guidelines including Ontario’s PPM150
  • Developed by the Canadian Produce Marketing Association

Heart & Stroke Foundation’s Heart Healthy Lesson Plans (K-8)

  • Lesson plans broken down by grade, with each grade covering topics such as healthy eating, tobacco-free living, being physically active, and general body anatomy and system functions

Media Smarts

  • Lesson plans and activities on food marketing and other digital and media literacy topics

Sip Smart! Ontario

  • Five Ontario Health and Physical Education curriculum-based lesson plans for grades 3 to 7 with extension activities
  • Includes teacher and student resources, backgrounders and assessment tools
  • Posters, newsletter inserts, PA announcements, parent booklet, etc.

Strategies to Increase Water and Vegetable and Fruit Consumption: Elementary School Toolkit

  • Provide educators and parents with strategies to increase water, vegetables and fruit consumption among school-aged children.
  • Contains curriculum-connected activities that can be used in the classroom and school to reinforce learning of healthy eating practices.
  • Also includes school-level initiatives to create supportive nutrition environments, school announcements, recipes and newsletter inserts to send home.

Titanium Chef (Grades 7-8)

  • An internet-based role-playing game designed to meet curriculum expectations for Grade 7 and 8 students.
  • Students will explore Canada’s Food Guide, specifically to learn more about classification and Food Guide serving sizes as well as developing knowledge and skills about menu planning and food preparation.

Curriculum Supports

Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide: A Resource for Educators and Communicators (K-12)

  • Background information, tips and tools to complement each recommendation in Canada’s Food Guide

Additional Resources

PPM-150: School Food and Beverage Policy

  • Includes information about the School Food and Beverage policy, elementary and secondary teacher resource guides, FAQs about the policy, etc.

Dietitians of Canada

  • Wide variety of information and resources on various nutrition topics including factsheets for parents and teens to promote healthy body weight

Canada’s Food Guide or contact Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit

  • Outlines the four food groups and recommended number of food guide servings
  • Available in 10 different languages

Unlock Food

  • Factsheets and links on a wide range of nutrition topics (eg. school nutrition, healthy snacks and lunches)

Telehealth Ontario

  • Contact Telehealth Ontario for no cost when you have health-related questions or concerns about food and healthy eating. Call 1-866-797-0000 and ask to speak with a Registered Dietitian.

The Student Body: Promoting Health at Any Size

  • Teacher training modules for grades 4-6 designed to help alert teachers and parents to the factors that can trigger unhealthy dieting among children, and ways to prevent it

You’re the Chef

  • Cooking program designed to help children in grades 5,6,7, and 8 develop the skills and confidence necessary to prepare healthy and tasty recipes
  • Students learn about basic kitchen and food safety, food skills, and health food choices.
  • Designed to be run by volunteer leaders
  • Leaders attend a free half day training session provided by a Registered Dietitian from the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit

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