School Food and Nutrition Policy – APH017
Reviewed/Revised: March 2021
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 schools of Waterloo Catholic District School Board (WCDSB) 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: cafeterias in secondary schools, vending machines, school tuck shops/stores, fundraising events, and refreshments 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 schools of the WCDSB. By increasing the availability of foods of maximum nutritional value, we model healthy behaviour and avoid sending students and staff mixed messages. 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.