Nutrition and Healthy Eating
Good health and nutrition are required to achieve one’s full educational potential. Numerous studies have linked good nutrition with readiness to learn, academic achievement, as well as decreased discipline and emotional problems. At GYPSD, we recognize that students spend up to 50% of their waking hours in school and consume 30-50% of their daily food intake during this time. This makes schools an ideal setting to promote and encourage healthy eating habits through education, peer and adult role modeling, environmental changes and supportive polices that enable students to make healthy choices.
As a division we are moving to align with the Alberta Nutrition Guidelines for Children and Youth in supporting good nutrition by offering healthy food options to our students and staff in vending machines on school grounds; breakfast, snacks and lunch days; and at division/ school hosted meetings or events. Many of our schools also participate in Club Moo where milk products are provided to students along with healthy snacks or lunches.
We have a lot of community support with cash donations and volunteers to assist in preparing breakfast programs for our students. If you would like to help out, we encourage you to contact your school to see what current healthy eating initiatives are taking place.
Grande Yellowhead recognizes the dangers faced by students with severe or anaphylactic reactions (allergies) to food. For example, many of our schools are now ‘peanut-free’. Although we cannot guarantee a complete allergen-free environment, our work hard to support our families in avoiding exposure to pre-identified foods and other allergens while their child is at school, or on school buses.
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