Healthy Eating

Healthy children learn better. When kids have good eating habits and consume a healthy diet they are better prepared to learn.

Educators can positively influence students’ eating habits by: teaching them that healthy, nutritious food provides energy to learn, grow and be active; role modelling healthy eating habits; and avoiding rewarding students with food.

The following resources can be used by teachers in the classroom or to support school initiatives. For questions, contact our School Health Curriculum Resource Line at 1-800-265-7293 ext. 4111 or email schoolhealth@wdgpublichealth.ca.

Community programs

Food and Friends

Food and Friends is a community partnership that helps start and maintain quality school breakfast, lunch and snack programs and encourages healthy eating.

Fresh from the Farm

Support healthy fundraising with Fresh from the Farm. This organization works with schools to sell local produce at school fundraisers. Of total sales, 40% goes directly to schools and 50% goes to local farmers.

Recommended websites

Beyond Images

Lesson plans for Grades 4-8 on media literacy, becoming more resilient to negative body image messaging in the media, and building self-esteem. Developed by the National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC).

BrightBites

Helps teachers and schools promote healthy eating by involving students in planning fun activities and earning digital badges. Activities include: improving packed lunches; healthy fundraising; learning food skills; encouraging healthy beverage choices, catered lunches and celebrations.

Ontario Edible Education Network

Resources to encourage children and youth to eat, grow, cook, celebrate and learn about healthy, local and sustainable food.

Ophea Teaching Tools

Curriculum-based lesson plans, programs and activities.

Sip Smart!

A program with lesson plans to teach students in Grades 3-7 about sugary drinks and how to make healthy drink choices.

UnlockFood.ca

Information, recipes, videos and resources on children’s nutrition and healthy eating. Search ‘School Health’ at unlockfood.ca to get started.

Public library resources

The following resources are available for loan from your local library. These kits can be used with lesson plans or for school events.

To book a resource, please visit the online catalogue of one of our participating public libraries: (Note: Library membership required).

A Quick Cup of Empty Calories (Kit)

A fun game and visual illustration of fat and sugar in common hot and cold caffeinated beverages. For Grades 5-8.

Buzz in a Bottle: The Dangers of Caffeine-Spiked Energy Drinks (DVD)

A 17-minute DVD describing the physical effects that energy drinks can cause, and discusses the growing trend of mixing energy drinks with alcohol, putting users at a greater risk of alcohol poisoning. For Grades 7-12. Includes a teacher resource guide.

How Does Your Fat Stack Up? (Kit)

This kit includes a display board and artery model. The display visually demonstrates the fat content of common snack foods, and the artery model illustrates a healthy artery and one that is at risk of cardiovascular disease. 

How Does Your Salt Stack Up? (Kit)

A display that visually demonstrates the salt content of common snack foods. 

How Does Your Sugar Stack Up? (Kit)

A display that visually demonstrates the sugar content of common snack foods.

How Sweet is This? (Kit)

An interactive display board that visually demonstrates the sugar content of common snack foods. This game allows students to guess how many teaspoons of sugar are in their favourite treats. For Grades 1-8.

The Portion Plate (Kit)

This kit illustrates common serving sizes and a balanced meal with food group proportions to encourage students to make half their plate vegetables and fruit.. The kit includes a child portion plate and food models. For Grades 1-8.