- 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
- Designed to help teach children and adults about healthy eating and physical activity
- Toolkit includes a poster, presentation, and activity plans
- 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
- 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
- Lesson plans and activities on food marketing and other digital and media literacy topics
- 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.
- Background information, tips and tools to complement each recommendation in Canada’s Food Guide
- Includes information about the School Food and Beverage policy, elementary and secondary teacher resource guides, FAQs about the policy, etc.
- 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
- Factsheets and links on a wide range of nutrition topics (eg. school nutrition, healthy snacks and lunches)
- 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.
- 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
- 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