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Student success in learning is impacted by nutrition. Schools play an important role in encouraging healthy eating. Children learn about nutrition at school and they often eat or buy meals and snacks at school.
Nourishing Minds: Eat Well – Learn Well – Live Well (2019) uses a Comprehensive School Community Health approach to support schools and school divisions to develop and/or renew policy and administrative procedures related to child and youth nutrition. The renewal includes Saskatchewan voices and cultural considerations, updated references, suggested resources, guidelines for policy development, and food safety health practices. A number of supporting resources are designed to assist the school, families, and community to work together to enhance the nutrition environment for students.
Access the recorded webinar to learn more about Nourishing Minds: Eat Well – Learn Well – Live Well (2019) and the role of Public Health Nutritionists in supporting school divisions.
Learning about nutrition in engaging ways and real-life settings encourages students to make healthy food choices.
Food is an important aspect of current and historical First Nations and Métis culture. Learning about the history of treaties and their impact on First Nations and Métis foods and related practices can support the school's food environment to become more inclusive of First Nations and Métis students and their families (Treaty Education Outcomes and Indicators, 2013).
The Saskatchewan Curricular Outcomes and Nutrition and Saskatchewan Treaty Education Outcomes resources highlight opportunities for educators to teach about nutrition in a variety of subject areas.
Hands-on experiences are key to engaging students in their own learning. Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) provides teachers with, educational resources that foster an understanding of food and agriculture. AITC also offers opportunities for students and educators to increase students' connection to food and food literacy, including two elementary school gardening programs and #MyFoodChoice, a resource that asks questions to allow the student deeper understanding of their own personal food choices.
This Healthy Foods for my School guide helps schools choose and provide healthy food and beverage options for students. It includes information on food groups, nutrition standards and how to read food labels.
Safe and nutritious food can help children learn well in school and can help support healthy growth and development. The Food Safety for my School guide helps schools understand what safe food handling practices are and why they are important. It includes information on how to make sure that food offered to students is obtained, stored, prepared, cooked and served in a safe manner.
Schools are an ideal place for children and youth to observe and learn about healthy eating. The Planning Healthy Menus for my School guide will help schools in planning menus for school breakfast, lunch and snack programs. It can also be used to help plan food served at other school events such as sporting events and classroom celebrations. This resource provides information on what and how much food to serve, planning the menu, examples of meals and snacks, and helpful tips to work within your budget and save time on food preparation.
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