Discover Healthy Eating! A Teacher’s Resource for Grades 1-8

Organization Sponsor: Ontario Society of Nutrition Professionals in Public Health


Program Description

Discover Healthy Eating! A Teacher’s Resource for Grades 1-8 was originally developed by Registered Dietitians, Nurses and Dental Educators in the Public Health offices of the Region of Peel, Toronto, and York Region, with input from experts in the fields of physical activity, body image and multiculturalism.
Available in both English and French, this website contains background information, glossaries, activities and handouts on the topics of nutrition, body image, physical activity and dental health.

The Curriculum provides an ideal avenue for children and youth to explore the topics of food, nutrition, eating patterns, dental health and body image. Through various learning activities, students will become more knowledgeable and aware of the influence their own eating patterns have on their health and well being. In turn, students will increase their confidence in making health-enhancing decisions.

Program Approximate Cost: 


Funding Sources: 

Ontario Society of Nutrition Professionals in Public Health (OSNPPH)

Strategies For Sustainability: 

This resource is promoted through the Toronto Public Health and other local health centers throughout Ontario.

Impact Of Program: 

This resource has been used by all the schools in Toronto and is recommended as a resource across Canada.

Evaluation Tools: 

You will find this project to be helpful, fun, and rewarding. Best of all, your involvement will have a tremendous impact on the health of your students, now and in the years to come.

Key Elements Towards Success: 

The purpose of this resource is the following:

To support the implementation of the document The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1-8: Health and Physical Education, 1998
To assist the teachers to design a balanced instructional program with a broad selection of activities to address the learning needs of the students
To increase nutrition knowledge and skills and to increase understanding of how healthy eating relates to growth and development
To use Canada’s Food Guide as the key teaching tool for developing healthy eating patterns
To promote lifelong healthy eating habits

Challenges To Meet Them: 

Getting kids to learn new habits. The Overall and Specific Expectations for Healthy Eating form the basis of this resource. For each Specific Expectation, a menu of activities is outlined to provide teachers with choices when designing their instructional strategy to meet the Curriculum and the different student needs within the classroom.

Length and Stage of Project: 

This project was updated in 2009.

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