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 Client and Community Support Call Centre: 1-800-265-7293 ext. 7006 (M-F, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) or emailclientandcommunitysupport@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.

Canada’s Food Guide

Information about the 2019 Canada’s Food Guide, healthy eating recommendations, recipes, tips and other resources. Healthy eating resources and a downloadable copy of the new Food Guide are available, or you can order hard copies and posters as well. 

Please note: Health Canada will release new information and resources about the Food Guide later this year. When we have this information, we will update our website and resources.

Ontario Dietitians in Public Health (ODPH)

ODPH members are Registered Dietitians working in the Ontario public health system. ODPH members work collaboratively to create resources that can be used by educators to nurture healthy eating in students.

Nutrition and Mental Well-being in School-Aged Children and Youth

An infographic summarizing the link between healthy eating and positive mental well-being in school-aged children and youth. 2021.

English

https://www.odph.ca/upload/membership/document/2022-01/summary-infographic-nutrition-and-mental-well-being-aoda-final.pdf

French

https://www.odph.ca/upload/membership/document/2022-02/summary-nutrition-and-mental-well-being-in-school-aged-children-.pdf

​Evidence on Nutrition and Mental Well-being in School-Aged Children and Youth

A summary of evidence on how nutrition impacts the mental well-being of school-aged children and youth. 2021.

https://www.odph.ca/upload/membership/document/2022-01/nutrition-and-mental-well-being-in-school-aged-children-and-yout_1.pdf

Mental Health and Weight Bias in Schools

Developed for use with schools to provide information on mental health and weight bias. 2020

English

https://www.odph.ca/upload/membership/document/2020-10/3756-mental-health-and-weight-bias-in-schools.pdf

French

https://www.odph.ca/upload/membership/document/2021-01/mental-health-and-weight-bias-in-schools-fr.pdf

Nurturing Health Eaters in Elementary Schools

Describes how school community members can support students in elementary schools (grades JK - 8) to nurture healthy eating. 2019.

English

https://www.odph.ca/upload/membership/document/2019-12/nurturing-healthy-eaters-elementary-schools.pdf

French

https://www.odph.ca/upload/membership/document/2020-06/nurturing-healthy-eaters-elementary-resource-fr-final.pdf

Nurturing Health Eaters in Secondary Schools

Describes how school community members can support students in secondary schools to nurture healthy eating. 2019.

English

https://www.odph.ca/upload/membership/document/2019-12/nurturing-healthy-eaters-secondary-schools.pdf

French

https://www.odph.ca/upload/membership/document/2020-07/nurturing-healthy-eaters-secondary-fr-final.pdf

Ontario Edible Education Network

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

UnlockFood.ca

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