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Making Ontario Schools Healthier

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Making Ontario Schools Healthier

Ministry of Education

Good food, daily physical activity and a healthy environment that supports learning and growth are vital to helping students reach their full potential.

The Healthy Food for Healthy Schools Act, 2008 builds on the McGuinty government's strategy to promote better health and boost student success.

Ontario has also introduced:

  • The Healthy Schools Recognition Program that encourages schools to participate in activities that promote healthy behaviours and practices. This could include forming a weekly walking program or planting a vegetable garden.
  • Twenty minutes of Daily Physical Activity during instructional time in elementary schools, supported with an investment of $14.7 million for training and resources. This includes developing resource guides for teachers, principals and school boards, as well as an e-learning module that includes video examples of activities teachers can use.
  • Sabrina's Law requiring every school board to establish and maintain an anaphylactic policy. The Ministry of Education provided every school and public health unit with an Anaphylaxis Resource Kit. The ministry also developed an e-learning module for boards and schools that includes video demonstrations on how to use the epinephrine auto-injectors.
  • The Northern Fruit and Vegetable pilot that currently delivers three weekly servings of fruit and vegetables to 12,000 students in the Algoma and Porcupine regions of Northern Ontario.
  • The new EatRight Ontario website and telephone service where teachers, parents and caregivers can have nutrition-related questions answered by a registered dietitian for free. Call 1-877-510-510-2, Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET or visit Ontario.ca/EatRight.
  • Support for the development and distribution of resources such as "Busy Bodies" and "Eat Right, Be Active" for parents and caregivers of young children to help instil healthy eating habits and encourage physical activity at an early age.

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