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Making Ontario Schools Healthier

Office of the Premier

Moving to make schools trans-fat free is just one part of the McGuinty government's plan for promoting better health and boosting student success.

It has launched several programs and services for students, teachers and parents to promote good food, daily exercise and healthier learning environments in schools throughout Ontario.

Here are some examples.

The Healthy Schools Recognition Program

  • Encourages schools to promote healthy behaviours and practices
  • Some examples: weekly walking clubs or bullying prevention programs
  • Nearly 1,300 elementary and secondary schools participated last year.

20 minutes of Daily Physical Activity in Elementary Schools

  • Calls for at least 20 minutes of exercise each day during class time
  • Ontario has provided training and resources for educators, and invested $12.7 million in the program.

Sabrina's Law

  • Requires all school boards to have an anaphylactic policy in place
  • All schools and public health units now have epinephrine auto-injectors
  • An online video is available to instruct staff on properly using EpiPens, which inject potentially life-saving medicine for acute allergic reactions.

The Northern Fruit and Vegetable Pilot Program

  • Delivers three weekly servings of fruit and vegetables to 12,000 students in the Algoma and Porcupine regions of Northern Ontario.

EatRight Ontario (Hotline: 1-877-510-510-2 or www.ontario.ca/eatright)

  • Registered Dietitians answer questions on healthy eating for free
  • Hotline: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET
  • Online: submit questions any time through "Ask A Dietitian" service.

"Busy Bodies" and "Eat Right, Be Active" Resources

  • Provide tips on healthy eating habits and getting active for parents and caregivers of young children.

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