Elementary School Food and Nutrition – APH021

Reviewed/Revised: April 2023

PURPOSE

Healthy eating patterns are essential for students to achieve their full academic potential, full physical and mental growth, and lifelong health and well-being. Schools have the responsibility to help students and staff to establish lifelong, healthy eating patterns. The establishment of a food and nutrition policy for the elementary schools of Waterloo Catholic District School Board will assist schools in achieving the following goals:

  • Promote an environment that encourages and supports the development and maintenance of healthy eating habits.
  • Provide standards to ensure a variety of nutritious foods and beverages are available to students and staff. This includes: school supported lunches, fundraising events, and refreshments and food served at celebrations and meetings.

The purpose of the nutrition policy is to ensure that a variety of nutritious foods and beverages are promoted and provided to students and staff. Our goal is to create a healthy nutrition environment in all of the elementary schools of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board. By increasing the availability of foods of maximum nutritional value, we model healthy behaviour and avoid sending students and staff mixed messages.
The Ontario Ministry of Education has instituted regulations to address healthy eating in schools. The Healthy Food for Healthy Schools Act, introduced in April 2008, includes standards to regulate all food and beverages containing industrially produced trans-fat that are prepared and sold in schools. In January 2010, the School Food and Beverage was introduced to all publicly funded schools. The requirements of this policy are to be met by Sept 1, 2011.This policy ensures a supportive environment is created for the school community by clarifying the direction for action and supports the Catholic Graduate Expectations of responsible citizenship and development of a self-directed, responsible life-long learner. Implementation of the policy demonstrates that the school values the health of students and staff. The requirements of this policy are to be met by Sept 1, 2011 and are found here: Policy/Program Memorandum 150 | Ontario.ca.