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Nutrition for Schools

Nutrition programs and resources are available to elementary and secondary schools as part of the York Region Healthy Schools program. These programs and resources help schools create a healthy nutrition environment and meet or go beyond the required Ontario School Food and Beverage Policy (PPM 150).

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York Region Public Health offers the following nutrition programs and services for your school:

Consultation services

Nutrition Services staff is available to consult with both elementary and secondary schools about how to create a healthy school food culture and supportive environment that encourages healthy eating.  We can work with your healthy school committee, parent council and/or student councils to help identify ways to improve the school nutrition culture. We strive to use a youth engagement approach by involving students in the planning, implementation and evaluation of health promotion programs. 

We can also consult with you on the Ontario Healthy Foodfor Healthy Schools Act  and ensure that foods being offered and sold meet or exceed the Ministry of Education’s Ontario SchoolFood and Beverage Policy (PPM 150). Food that may be affected by this policy include food being sold for fundraising, catered lunches and food offered at classroom celebrations.

For more information or to request a school souncil presentation to highlight the importance of creating a healthy school food culture, contact us at Nutrition.Services@york.ca.

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Teacher Support Services and Classroom Resources

“It is important for teachers to establish a healthy eating environment in the classroom by ensuring that the topics taught, approaches taken and environments, in which students learn, are supportive of healthy eating“. (Ontario Ministry of Education, Elementary Teacher Resource Guide)

Elementary School Teachers

Nutrition Services and Resources includes descriptions of two workshops offered to teachers in schools that are part of York Region Public Health’s Healthy Schools Program.  It also includes brief descriptions of websites and programs that have credible information to teach healthy eating expectations in the classroom.

Secondary School Teachers

Curriculum Support Resources for Nutrition is appropriate for teachers who teach Geography, Family Studies, Hospitality and Physical Health Education courses. It includes resources and links on body image and self-esteem, body weight and obesity, food insecurity, comprehensive school nutrition, Canadian Agriculture, Canada’s Food Guide and The School Food and Beverage Policy (PPM 150). There are also links to fact sheets on various nutrition topics relevant to teens.

Foods and Nutrition courses (HFN10/20 and HFA4U)

This family studies curriculum support resource is intended to support teachers in teaching the healthy eating expectations in the Foods and Nutrition courses HFN10/20 and HFA4U. Developed by Registered Dietitians throughout Ontario, it provides reliable and credible references/links to teach the various expectations related to healthy eating, food and nutrition.


For more information, contact us at Nutrition.Services@york.ca.

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My Healthy Lunch Challenge

Are you ready for the Challenge? Pack a healthy litterless lunch every day!

Registration for the 2018-2019 Challenge is now open!  My Healthy Lunch Challenge week will run from January 21 to 25, 2019!

Register your class today! Registration closes December 14, 2018.

My Healthy Lunch Challenge is available to all elementary schools. Teachers of all grades can register their class. The one-week Challenge for students and families is to pack healthy lunches that include three or four food groups from Canada’s Food Guide. Students, together with their families, will learn about packing healthy lunches and will keep track of their lunch choices for the week. All classes who complete the Challenge will be entered into a draw for a healthy lunch party courtesy of York Region Public Health.

The program also provides suggestions for lesson plans to help teachers link the campaign to curriculum requirements.

For more information, contact us at Nutrition.Services@york.ca or visit york.ca/myhealthylunch


Fact sheets and Additional Resources for Parents and Students

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BrightBites

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BrightBites is a website that awards schools with badges for activities that promote healthy eating and improve the school’s food culture. BrightBites makes improving school nutrition fun, easy and rewarding! Win badges, receive recognition, and watch your school transform — one bite at time.

BrightBites topics include food for celebrations, catered lunches, packed lunches, curriculum connections and more! You can share your success story to receive a digital badge that will appear on the BrightBites website. You can even share this badge on social media and on your school’s website!

Need more information? A Registered Dietitian from York Region Public Health can provide a short presentation on how BrightBites can transform your school – one bite at a time!  For more information, contact Nutrition.Services@york.ca

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Student Nutrition Programs – Food for Learning

York Region Food for Learning  is a community partnership that supports breakfast and snack programs for elementary and secondary schools. The partnership provides expertise, funding and resources to develop and sustain student nutrition programs.

For more information, visit York Region Food for Learning

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Cooking Programs

Elementary Schools

You’re the Chef

You’re the Chef is a cooking program with a focus on fruits and vegetables for children in Grades 5, 6, 7 and 8. The elementary school program runs once a week for five weeks. Students make two recipes each week and learn:

  • Safe-handling and basic kitchen safety
  • Food skills by preparing healthy recipes
  • Different ways to include vegetables and fruit in meals and snacks
  • About healthy food choices

The program is run by volunteers. Volunteers must attend a four hour training session led by York Region Public Health. Training is offered four times a year, twice in October and twice in February. The following material will be covered in the workshop:

  • Cooking program set-up
  • Food safety
  • Required equipment
  • Selecting recipes and menu planning
  • Food skill demonstrations and practice
  • Cooking recipes
  • Enjoying and sharing prepared recipes together
  • An understanding of how to teach and guide others to prepare and cook simple, enjoyable and affordable meals

Once trained, volunteers can run the program at their school at any time. Register for the January 2019 training workshop.

To receive the most current program resources, schools must complete the Program Information Form each time they run You’re the Chef and submit this form to York Region Community and Health Services.

Note: The program is provided at no cost for York Region elementary schools. However, schools are responsible for purchasing their own ingredients. Basic cooking equipment is also required.

To learn more, speak to your school’s public health nurse or call 1-877-464-9675 ext 74335.

You're the Chef Ambassador

The You’re the Chef Ambassador program allows schools to build upon the You’re the Chef cooking program. At the end of a You’re the Chef program, grade 7 and 8 students can complete an additional session to become You’re the Chef Ambassadors (YTCAs) where they get to lead food skills programs in their school along with the school lead.

YTCAs develop leadership skills, self-esteem and a sense of achievement, while further developing valuable cooking skills. The program encourages older students to role model positive behaviours to younger students, encourages collaboration and empowers students to increase their enjoyment of cooking and eating healthy foods.

To learn more, speak to your school’s public health nurse or call 1-877-464-9675 ext. 74335.

Secondary Schools

Peer-Led Cooking Club

York Region Public Health offers consultation, training and support for high school students and a lead teacher interested in starting a peer-led cooking club at their school. A Registered Dietitian or Nutrition Educator will set up a consultation with you to help you plan and choose the type of cooking program to offer based on your school’s resources. Support can include a free train-the-trainer workshop for groups of 10-16 student leaders interesting in teaching their peers how to cook. /p>

By the end of the training workshop, student leaders will have:

  • Practiced safe-handling and basic kitchen safety
  • Learned new food skills by preparing healthy recipes
  • Learned different ways to include vegetables and fruit in meals and snacks
  • An understanding of healthy food choices
  • An understanding of how to teach and guide others to prepare and cook simple, enjoyable and affordable meals

The following material will be covered:

  • Cooking program set-up
  • Food safety
  • Required equipment
  • Selecting recipes
  • Menu planning
  • Food skill demonstrations and practice
  • Cooking recipes
  • Enjoying and sharing prepared recipes together

Participants will receive resources to support their cooking program. To request a consultation or train-the-trainer workshop, please call 1-877-464-9675 ext 74335.

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Promoting Nutrition in Secondary Schools

Nutrition Activity Ideas for High Schools

This resource includes nutrition activities that have already been done in schools throughout Ontario. They are linked with the Ministry of Education’s Foundations for a Healthy School.

For more information, contact us at Nutrition.Services@york.ca

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Cost

The programs are provided at no cost.



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