Children need healthy food and physical activity for growth and development. It is expected that students be taught the principles of healthy eating as part of the health program. Children also learn from what role models say and do. The school environment must support this learning by promoting nutritious food choices.
- River East Transcona School Division – Policy EFBA-Nutrition
École Centrale acknowledges the important role that nutrition plays in the total development and performance of the individual. We believe that the school, home and community must work together to this end.
Research tells us that healthy eating helps children grow, develop and do well in school. Healthy eating is said to make children more settled, attentive and ready to learn. Research clearly shows that many chronic diseases may be avoided through the establishment of healthy eating habits in the early years. Given all of the above statements, we believe that the school’s role in health promotion and disease prevention is significant. This new policy supports and supplements the curriculum based outcomes from the physical education/health curriculum.
The Manitoba School Nutrition Handbook underlines the important link between the school environment and healthy eating:
- A healthy school nutrition environment reinforces curriculum learning and offers students an opportunity to practise newly learned skills.
- Establishing policies that create a positive attitude towards nutrition in schools will provide students with the skills, opportunities and encouragement they need to adopt healthy eating habits.
All food-related activities at École Centrale will reflect the River East Transcona School Division’s policies EFBA-R, Nutrition, /JLCG-Anaphylaxis/and JLCG-R2, Anaphylaxis Avoidance Strategies, available online atwww.retsd.mb.ca
Decisions and recommendations around food and nutrition will reflect those found in The Manitoba School Nutrition Handbook: Getting Started with Guidelines and Policies (2006, Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures task Force; Healthy Child Manitoba)
As per: Foods Available in K-12 Schools in Manitoba, when serving food at École Centrale, first priority will be given to foods recommended to “serve most”, second priority to “could be served sometimes”, and careful attention will be paid to foods that “could be served rarely”. Download the handbook.
- Fundraising activities facilitated by the school or parent groups should emphasize non-food products or healthy food choices from the “Foods to Serve Most Often” or “Foods to Serve Sometimes” lists.
- Menus for École Centrale’s hot lunch program will reflect the above-mentioned guidelines.
- When sending food to school to be consumed by groups of students and staff, in the classroom or other school settings, for parties or other special events, parents and staff will be encouraged to consider the guidelines: Foods Available in K-12 Schools in Manitoba.
- Soft drinks and Sports drinks will not be sold or offered at school and family-community events at École Centrale. Water, juice and milk will be offered or sold at these events.
- With student safety and well being as a priority, when sending bought or homemade food items to school for consumption by children other than their own, parents will be asked to always attach the list of ingredients or recipe to these items sent to school.
While the divisional and school policies do not impact on lunches, snacks, etc., which students or staff members bring from home for their own consumption, students and staff are, however, encouraged to follow the guidelines.
School staff and parents need to recognize the importance of role modeling in promoting healthy eating.
Hot Lunch Program
This year École Centrale Parent Council Hot Lunch Program offers grades one to four students a hot meal alternative twice a month. A schedule and order forms are sent home monthly.