In September 2011, the Ministry of Education’s School Food and Beverage Policy became mandatory in all provincially funded schools. The Simcoe County District School Board is working with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit to creatively implement this policy. Anita Simpson, the School Board’s Superintendent of Education, is pleased to share some highlights.
The Nutrition Action Committee gets everyone involved
Cameron Street Public School in Collingwood created a Nutrition Action Committee that includes the health unit, school staff, students and parent volunteers. The committee has several initiatives including a student operated milk program to help promote drinking milk. Milk cards are purchased by parents through the school office. Student volunteers hand out the milk from a classroom and punch each card. Each milk card is worth 10 milk cartons and makes a milk purchase easy!
The school also takes part in other events like:
- Offering healthy hot lunches that get delivered to the school 3 times a week
- Recognizing students for eating healthy by giving out certificates and prizes
- Running a contest for “The Best Food Decorated Door” where classroom doors are decorated with pictures of healthy foods and
- Joining in for “The Big Crunch” where all the students eat an apple at the same time to make a big crunching sound!
Students teaching students about healthy eating
Once per week Principal Michael Giffen arranges for students who take part in the Nutrition Action Committee to go with him to the neighbouring Collingwood Collegiate Institute. The elementary students learn about cooking healthy food from the high school hospitality students. In fact, the foods that are prepared are often served to the elementary students during the afternoon nutrition break. Mike Giffen says this is another way to get students involved in healthy eating.
Involving the community
The Nutrition Action Committee includes the community by planning family health nights. Parents are invited to learn about nutrition and are encouraged to make healthy lunches together with their kids. The school is also planning a tour of the local grocery store for parents and a healthy food scavenger hunt for students.
Cameron Street Public School shows how the whole school community including parents, students, teachers and staff can get involved in healthy eating.
Well Done Cameron Street Public School!
For more information, please contact:
Anita Simpson, Superintendent of Education, Simcoe County District School Board email@example.com
Michael Giffen, Principal, Cameron Street Public School firstname.lastname@example.org
Last Update – April 26, 2013