Moving Forward with Schools Nutrition Guidelines (2014)School nutrition policy creates supportive school environments for healthy food choices designed to improve the nutritional intake of students, provide students an opportunity to practice what they learn in the classroom, demonstrate that schools value student health and contribute to the primary prevention of chronic disease.

Moving Forward with School Nutrition Guidelines (2014)

Moving Forward with School Nutrition Guidelines (2015) One of the key focus areas of Manitoba’s Healthy Schools Initiative is healthy eating. Healthy Schools and the Manitoba Healthy Food in Schools initiative are always looking at ways to support schools in promoting healthy eating and helping students develop healthy relationships with food.

In 2006, the Manitoba government released the Manitoba School Nutrition Handbook: Getting Started with Guidelines and Policies. This new document, Moving Forward with School Nutrition Guidelines, was released in February 2015 and replaces the 2006 Guidelines.  The Guidelines apply to foods sold in schools or provided by schools in Manitoba and are divided into six areas of focus:

Approaching school food and nutrition in a comprehensive manner ensures:

  • Classroom curriculum is respected
  • Resources are used in an efficient way
  • Contradictory messages are minimized

** These guidelines are not intended to evaluate the food students bring or parents send to school. **

Manitoba Healthy Food in Schools provides complimentary services and resources to all provincially funded schools to promote healthy eating and to create a positive school nutrition environment in a comprehensive way.

Nutrition Consultations

Schedule a school or division appointment with a Registered Dietitian to receive support around making changes to your schools nutrition environment using Moving Forward with School Nutrition Guidelines. School food and nutrition policy are an important part of your school plan.

Call our Registered Dietitian today at 1-888-547-0535. 

Nurition Workshops

Workshops can be conducted in partnership with other relevant agencies and tailored to meet your specific needs. The following presentations are available in person or webinar format.

Building Healthy School Nutrition Environments

  • Target Audience: program coordinators, teachers, education assistants, school superintendents, school administrators, community connectors, school breakfast lunch and snack coordinators, parent councils
  • Objectives: Learn about the barriers to healthy eating for school age youth; Learn about a healthy school nutrition environment; Identify relevant community initiatives in Manitoba and resources that support children’s nutrition needs; Recognize how comprehensive school health can be integrated into a school setting.
  • Length of presentation: 60 minutes

School Nutrition Policy and Guidelines

  • Target Audience: school superintendents, school administrators, teachers
  • Objectives: Learn about the importance of having a school/division food and nutrition policy and how to design a policy that meets your school’s/division’s needs. Explore how to incorporate Moving Forward with School Nutrition Guidelines into your policy.
  • Length of presentation: 90 minutes

Creating Pleasant and Positive Mealtimes

  • Target Audience: teachers, education assistants, parent council members
  • Objectives: Learn about the importance of food, nutrition, and mealtime in school.  Explore the “Division of Responsibility” when it comes to meals.  Expand on the role of school staff when it comes to mealtimes.
  • Length of presentation: 60 minutes

Moving Forward with School Nutrition in Manitoba Webinar

  • Target Audience: Manitoba School Board Trustees
  • Objectives: To discuss the importance of nutrition for the school-aged population, as well as resources available in Manitoba that can be utilized to make a positive difference in the health of our province’s future.
  • Length of presentation: 30 minutes