EMSB dietitians travel from school to school visiting classrooms and cafeterias to talk to students about eating nutritious foods and being healthy. The EMSB in-class programs aim to teach students how to make healthy food choices and instill the values of eating nutritious foods and living a healthy lifestyle.
Read What You Eat
Every year the EMSB Read What You Eat Nutrition Education Program (also offered in French: Je lis ce que je mange) teaches students how to read food labels in order to make healthy food choices. This program also provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to develop an awareness of certain food marketing strategies, empowering them to become educated consumers. The importance of nutritional balance is emphasized, helping students develop a healthy relationship with food where all foods can have their place.
There are four different Read What You Eat activities which are tailored to the three cycle levels as well as kindergarten. The activities focus on different foods or beverages. All activities are hands on and interactive – educational and exciting!
Since 2010, culinary workshops have been a Nutrition Month (March) highlight in our EMSB elementary schools. They support the “Healthy School” approach initiated by the Ministère de l’Éducation et Enseignement Supérieur (MEES), by exposing students to the world of cooking and food preparation. These four-part workshops include a preparatory activity, hands-on recipe preparation, an educational game and tasting of the recipe.
Students will develop foundational culinary skills, such as identifying different utensils as well as reading and following a recipe. Throughout the workshop, students explore different ingredients and their nutritional benefits. This experience encourages healthy eating habits and provides a whole new and exciting realm for nutrition education.
Each year a different recipe is selected with the goal of exposing students to new flavors, textures and ways of using various healthy ingredients.
Over 200 culinary workshops have taken place in our schools!
Eat Right – Feel Bright
Our Eat Right – Feel Bright Nutrition Education Program aims at dispelling nutrition myths and encouraging healthy lifestyle habits through good nutrition and respecting oneself. The EMSB Dietitian will present in-class sessions addressing issues of body image and the social pressure to look perfect; as well as provide tips to make healthier food and beverage choices. The students will have the opportunity to discover how they can live healthier and happier lifestyles and build a positive body image.
There are three different Eat Right – Feel Bright activities which are available to secondary 1, 2 and 3 students.
EMSB Nutrition Month Campaign
March is Nutrition Month all across Canada and in celebrating this, Nutrition and Food Services has prepared an array of nutrition activities. The campaign aims to promote healthy eating habits on a daily basis by promoting nutrition awareness and increasing nutrition knowledge.