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Healthy Eating in School Initiative

École New Era (Brandon, MB)
School Division: Brandon School Division
School Population (approximate): 605
Grade Level: K-8

Contact: Susin Cadman R.D., Community Nutritionist
Phone Number: (204) 571-8399
Email: cadmans@brandonrha.mb.ca

Health Topics:

  • Healthy eating

Individuals Involved:

  • Brandon Regional Health Authority
  • Brandon School Division
  • École New Era
  • Parents of students

Target Group:

  • Aboriginals
  • Adults
  • Children (age 0-5, grades K-8)
  • Educators/Teachers

Factors that contributed to success:

  • Strong partnership formed between school staff, students, community nutritionist and dedicated parents

Details:

  • School-based project in Fall 2004 to June 2006 aimed at improving and supporting healthy lifestyles for students and their parents by awareness and promotion of healthy eating
  • Students submitted ideas of healthy food options to consider for the school canteen
  • One-day fun food fair for K-4 students; visited various interactive centers lead by middle year students to find out more about nutrition and to taste test nutritious foods from various cultures
  • Community nutritionist provided healthy eating information in monthly school newsletter
  • Teacher Tool Kit – tool kit that strengthens the nutrition component of the health curriculum by providing resources to make learning fun for the students (e.g. educational display boards, binder of fun games, daily morning announcements with fun food tips, sugar shocker, etc.)
  • “Get Caught Campaign” – staff go on the lookout for students eating vegetables and fruits with prizes randomly awarded to those “caught”
  • “New Food Challenge” – challenge each family to try one food that is new to the family table; made into a draw for a prize
  • Canteen offers healthier choices and hot lunch item every day
  • School fundraisers changed from selling chocolate bars to magazine subscriptions

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