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Food for Thought - Nutrition Matters at Maple Leaf School: A parent/guardian information handbook on healthy eating

Maple Leaf School (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
School Division:  River East Transcona School Division
Student Population (approximate):  340
Grade Level:  K-6

Contact:  Victor Kuzyk, Principal
Phone Number:  (204) 661-9509
Email:  vkuzyk@retsd.mb.ca

Health Topics:

  • Healthy eating

Individuals involved:

  • Classroom teachers
  • Principal
  • Parents
  • Graphic designer
  • Photographer
  • Communications coordinator

Target group:

  • Parents

Factors that contributed to success:

  • Committee involvement
  • Administrative support
  • Funding

Details:

  • Maple Leaf School established a SNAC (School Nutrition Action Committee) of teachers and parents in 2003 to promote healthy eating at school.  The SNAC developed and implemented a school nutrition policy with guidelines.  The policy has been included in the Manitoba School Nutrition Handbook.
  • The SNAC set a goal in school year 2006-2007 of writing and publishing a parent/guardian information handbook on healthy eating.  The committee was provided with release time to prepare an initial draft for a handbook.  The draft was edited and revised by the principal and the Communications Coordinator of the River East Transcona School Division.  A final draft was completed and a volunteer photographer agreed to take a variety of photos to complement the text of the handbook.
  • The Principal contacted potential sponsors, many of whom agreed to provide financial support for the printing of the handbook.  The school division's graphic artist completed the layout and graphic design for the handbook.
  • The handbook has been distributed to all families who have children attending Maple Leaf School.

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