Welcome to the December Edition of the Healthy Schools


Brought to you by Regina Area Health Promotion 
Saskatchewan Health Authority 

Please share with your administration, teachers, other school staff, and school community council.  There is something for everyone!   

French resources will be highlighted by 'FR.' 
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December 2019 feature topic:
March is Nutrition Month

In this issue:

  1. Ideas to help Celebrate Nutrition Month this March (or any other month!)
  2. Curriculum Connections and Activity Ideas (grades k-12) (FR & EN)
  3. Parent Resources
  4. December School Nutrition Poster: Canada's Food Guide 2019 - Healthy Eating Habits (FR & EN)
  5. Community Programs and Resources:
  6. How to Connect with us

March is Nutrition Month, and this year's theme is:

'More than Food - How you eat is important too'


Yes we know it is December...
but here are some tools to help in planning ahead

Idea #1: Start a School Nutrition Team
(grades 5 and up)

Made of students, teachers, school admin, nutrition coordinators, and parents.Together, identify areas of focus for the nutrition team and nutrition month activities - use THIS TOOL from the Ministry of Education.

Here are some sample activities if the following areas are identified:
Healthy Social Environments: 
Potential Challenge: T.V. plays during the noon hour regularly. Sample project - revamp the lunchroom to make it a screen-free zone.
Healthy Physical Environments:
Potential Challenge: Candy, chips and pop is the only food available at school dances. Sample project: have students help plan some healthy concession items for the next event that meet school nutrition guidelines (en francais).
Family and Community Engagement:
Potential Challenge: Cultural and traditional foods and practices are not well-known by the school community. Sample Project: Invite an elder, community member or others from various cultural backgrounds to sit in on the nutrition team to help make a plan.

See also nutrition resources for parents
High Quality Teaching and Learning:
Potential Challenge: There are not many opportunities for parent education about healthy eating at the school. Sample Project: Have students set up a display on why water's cool in our school, with infused water to sample at the next parent night.
Effective Policy:
Potential Challenge: Regina area school divisions have nutrition administrative procedures (AP) that are not well-known in the schools.  Sample Project: have students create a video that highlights the AP, why school nutrition is important, and all the good things the school is doing to support student nutrition.   
For more info on school wellness teams see HERE.

Idea #2: Learn and Practice Canada's Food Guide "Healthy Eating Habits"

(Any grade)
Healthy eating is more than the foods you eat. It is also about where, when, why and how you eat. Each week learn a little more about, and practice, healthy eating habits with students.
When possible eat together with students, and provide positive eating environments at school (e.g. students can face each other, no TVs on, at least 20 minutes of eating time, the space is clean and pleasant, etc.).  Share these meal time conversations starters  in the lunchroom or to use at home. 

Be mindful of your eating habits
Do mindful eating exercises with students or have them try it at home and reflect on the experience. Being mindful of eating habits includes paying attention to: How, Why, What, When, Where and How much you ate (were you very full, satisfied, or still hungry).

Cook more often
Practice different cooking techniques, read recipes, learn cooking terms and language, practice multiplying recipes for a different amount of people, experiment with new foods, herbs and spices.

Enjoy your food
Provide students with opportunities to learn about, enjoy and appreciate food and the whole eating experience including: growing food, getting to know the people that grow and produce our food, planning meals, grocery shopping, cooking, trying new foods, including cultures and traditions and more. 

Use the Teaching Nutrition in Saskatchewan resources for lessons and ideas connected to the curriculum

Idea #3: Do a Photo-voice Project
(grades 7 and up)

Have students take pictures of the school nutrition environment (inside and/or surrounding the school). Look at strengths and areas that could use improvement. 
Follow the theme of nutrition month and have students explore the four main themes of Canada's Food Guide that look at the HOW of healthy eating - enjoy your food, be mindful of eating habits, eat meals with others and cook more often. Explore the things that make these easier and those that make them harder to achieve at school and/or in the community. Here are some examples of other photovoice projects and other resources that may help:

Curriculum Connections, Resources and Activity Ideas 
(grades k-12)

Resources for Parents (FR & EN)

  • School Nutrition Posters - information about nutrition and healthy eating that can be shared with parents  (Public Health Nutritionists of Saskatchewan)
  • - information on nutrition, food and healthy eating as well as recipes, videos and interactive healthy eating tools.  The content is written and reviewed by dietitians.
  • Cookspiration - Recipe ideas to suit your mood and schedule, plus My Menu Planner tool - developed by Dietitians.
  • Dietitians of Canada 
  • Canada's Food Guide (multiple languages available)
  • Grocery Store Tours (Save on Foods)

December's School Nutrition Information Poster -  'Canada's Food Guide: Healthy Eating Habits' (FR + EN)

This Month's Nutrition Information Poster is: "Canada's Food Guide 2019 - Healthy Eating Habits

French Poster "Habitudes alimentaires saines."  
The Public Health Nutritionists of Saskatchewan have developed a nutrition information poster for each month of the school year. This information can be posted in the school, used in newsletters, as a part of school announcements, posted on the school website or used for Facebook or Twitter posts. Download French and English copies HERE

Upcoming School and Community Programs, Resources and Events

Play. Learn. Grow. Together! 

  • From the Government of SK, A new way to reach out to parents of newborn and Kindergarten-aged children, with simple tips and info on how to help them learn at home. Check out their Website with videos and Early Years Quick Tips

Project Play YQR

  • A tool to help families and children play and explore together in Regina area - with a list of play spaces, calendar of upcoming events, books, family fitness, and more. 
Nutrition Tours - Save on Foods
  • Take a field trip to the grocery store for a tour lead by a Registered Dietitian. Students will learn about food, nutrition and food labels. AND they connect it to the SK curriculum. Visit their website to learn more.

School Nutrition Grants

List with important dates and criteria - download HERE

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