Ministry’s School Food and Beverage Policy
encourages healthy eating
The Ministry of Education’s School Food and Beverage Policy encourages
students to make healthier choices by removing less-healthy food and beverage
options from schools. All food and beverages offered for sale in publicly funded
schools in Ontario must meet the nutrition standards set out in the policy. The
nutrition standards are based on the principles of healthy eating outlined in
Canada’s Food Guide.
It’s important for you to know that the policy does not apply to food
and beverages brought from home—only food and beverages that are sold to
students at school. This policy creates a good opportunity to explore healthier
food options as a family.
Research shows that children who eat healthy are more attentive, ready
to learn and more likely to be successful in school.
Nutritious lunches help children learn
Use Canada’s Food Guide to help your child get the nutrients and energy
needed to have a successful school day.
· Try to give your child
some choice about what to take for lunch. If possible, get your child involved
in preparing meals.
· Give your child a
variety of healthy choices. Keeping your child interested in lunch is the first
step to making sure it is eaten.
· Make the food easy to
eat. If it will take your child a few minutes to unwrap a sandwich, it
may be skipped.
· Resist the temptation
to routinely send sweets, pop, chips and cookies in your child's lunch. Save
treats for special occasions.
· Try to avoid sending
fast food or pre-packaged, convenience lunches, which are often high in salt and
· Do your best to role
model healthy eating behaviours for your family. It may be hard,
but it’s worth it.
To speak to a registered dietitian about healthy food choices, call
EatRight Ontario at 1-877-510-5102.
For more information about the policy, visit
http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/healthyschools/policy.html. If you have questions
about how we are implementing the School Food and Beverage Policy, please call