Healthy eating resources

General | Alberta | Ontario | British Columbia


General

Canada’s Food Guide

This guide provides tips and suggestions for food choices (i.e., limiting highly processed foods, using food labels) and eating habits (i.e., cooking more often, eating with others). Learn more about healthy eating recommendations and healthy food choices. Additionally, access the easily digestible diagram of what constitutes a healthy diet available in different languages. Raise awareness among students by posting this diagram on communication walls or including it as part of your weekly announcements.

Farm to Cafeteria Canada – Farm to School Canada

Farm to school brings healthy, local food into schools, and promotes food literacy among students while strengthening the local food system and enhancing school and community connectedness. Farm to School looks different for each school. Consider offering a salad bar to provide your students with the option to consume fruits and vegetables and enhance the learning experience by connecting the salad bar to a school garden or farm visit. Don’t have the funds for a salad bar? Visit the Farm to School Canada Grants website for more information on available grants. Also, check Growing a Movement document (Pdf) for examples of schools that improved healthy eating behaviours in their students and tips to get started in your own school.

Health Canada – heathy eating during the COVID-19 pandemic

The 'healthy eating during the COVID-19 pandemic guide' aims to promote mindful and healthy eating among students and their families. Within this guide, tips on healthy eating, eating habits and meal planning during the COVID-19 pandemic are provided. There are also recommendations for healthy meal and snack ideas, as well as how to choose healthier takeout options.

National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) – toolkits

NEDA toolkits are free resources designed to educate on eating disorders. Different toolkits have been developed for parents, educators, and coaches and athletic trainers. Each toolkit provides information on eating disorder signs and symptoms, medical consequences, treatments, and ways to support students and athlete students who might be dealing with eating disorders. Consider sharing these toolkits with parents, care givers, and school educators and staff.

Physical and Health Education (PHE) Canada – healthy eating education activities

The healthy eating education activities equips students with the knowledge, understanding, and skills to identify, prepare, and choose healthy food and healthy eating options. Scroll down to grade seven to 12 to explore at-home or at-school activities.

World Health Organization - food and nutrition tips during self-quarantine

This resource aims to promote healthy eating for individuals quarantining or self-isolating during the COVID-19 pandemic. This webpage contains food and nutrition tips such as making a meal plan, eating home-cooked meals, controlling salt, sugar, and alcohol intake, and buying affordable, accessible, and long-lasting ingredients. A few examples of nutritious recipes that need simple ingredients are also provided. You can also read the WHO fact sheet on healthy diet on practical advice to maintain a healthy diet.

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Alberta

Alberta Health Services – school nutrition teaching and learning tools

On this webpage, find resources and strategies to promote healthy eating among your students. On the left menu, explore topics such as creating healthy eating environments in schools, nutrition bites, and healthy eating lessons. Check out the Nutrition Activities in Any Classroom for activities that can be completed in the classroom to teach interactive nutrition information. Activity description, key messages, materials needed, set-up instructions, and answer keys are provided.

Alberta Nutrition Guidelines for Children and Youth (Pdf)

This resource, developed by the Government of Alberta, aims to assist Albertans to create an environment which provides and promotes healthy food choices and healthy attitudes about food. On a practical level, the guidelines will help Albertans to recognize and apply the concepts of healthy eating in a consistent way, so that children will have access to nutritious foods wherever they go. This resource can be shared with educators, parents, and care givers for tips on healthy food choices and healthy eating.

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Ontario

Community Garden Council of Region of Waterloo – gardens for healthy schools (Pdf)

The 'Gardens for heathy schools' document provides a recent scan of school gardens in Waterloo Region. Moreover, information about the impact of school gardens on students’ physical health, academic outcomes, and youth development is provided. You can read about how other schools started their school gardens and what students and staff experienced with school gardens. Interested schools can review the school food garden start-up guide (Pdf) for tips on how to start a new garden. Schools can also use food from their garden in their cafeteria, breakfast program, or student cooking classes.

Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) - school health daily announcements

School health daily announcements aim to increase awareness of various health topics. Announcements for healthy eating include increasing fruit and vegetables consumption, lunches and family meals, and promoting water consumption. Additionally, the MLHU secondary school toolkit provides educators and parents with strategies to promote vegetable and fruit consumption among secondary school students. Strategies target students’ and parents’ attitudes and knowledge, classroom and school level social and physical environments, as well as school policies.

Ontario Physical and Health Education Association (Ophea) - healthy eating and wellbeing

Ophea offers three activity cards on healthy eating and wellbeing for youth aged 15 to 18. Topics covered in these cards include Canada’s Food Guide, choosing healthy eating and drinking options, and healthy eating scenarios. Each activity is 75 minutes and is facilitated by an educator to encourage conversations among students on these topics.


British Columbia 

Dedicated Action for School Health (DASH)

DASH is a registered charity that collaborates with schools and other partners to create, facilitate and support school communities to be optimal places for health and learning through a Comprehensive School Health approach. DASH offers a variety of professional development workshops and webinars for educators and school districts. It also features different resources (i.e., infographics for students, lesson planning for educators) on topics such as active living, mental well-being, physical literacy, substance use, and comprehensive school health. Navigate the healthy eating lesson plans for different grades.  

Healthy Schools BC – Teach Food First toolkit

Teach Food First is an educator toolkit developed by the Ministry of Health and the BC Centre for Disease Control in partnership with public health dietitians, BC teachers, and Indigenous Knowledge Keepers. This toolkit focuses on using a food exploration approach to nutrition education that has been linked with long-term, positive eating attitudes and behaviors. This toolkit supports educators with best-practice approaches, resources, and lessons that (a) connect with Canada’s food guide and British Columbia Curriculum, (b) are grade-specific and age-appropriate, and (c) consider equity and cultural inclusivity.

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