Nutrition is important for growth, development, learning and activity. Children spend a large part of their day at school where they are exposed to many influences when it comes to food choices. Healthy eating messages are reinforced when food served or sold in the school setting is consistent with classroom teachings. Our aim is to operate with school environments that support healthy choices for students.
The Calgary Catholic School District is committed to a holistic approach to building students’ knowledge about health. The Healthy Choices initiative supports students, parents/legal guardians and teachers and provides information that assists in making healthier choices. The district supports education about healthy choices that permeates curriculum and the culture in schools.
The district is also involved in the Healthy Choices for Healthy Learners initiative, which in partnership with Alberta Health Services, supports our schools in addressing and setting proactive, sustainable goals that impact all students in the following areas: physical activity, nutrition and resilience. Schools promote health and wellness outcomes throughout the school day, during both instructional and non-instructional time. The goals for the Healthy Choices for Healthy Learners initiative are accomplished by using the Comprehensive School Health and the Health Promoting Schools Model for CCSD.
CCSD Comprehensive School Health & Health Promoting Schools Model
Food and Beverages in Schools
The district recognizes the contribution that food service and vending operations make in influencing student food choice and selection. With regard to Healthy Choices, the district’s goal is that foods and beverages sold within schools be consistent with Canada’s Food Guide to Healthy Eating and the Provincial Nutrition Guidelines for Children and Youth. Foods and beverages sold in schools should also help to reinforce the messages delivered to students through Alberta Education’s Health and Career and Life Management curriculum about the importance of making healthy food choices.
Healthy choices are defined as foods that are low in added fat, sugar, salt and/or caffeine and higher in vitamins, minerals and/or fibre and fall within at least one of the four food groups as outlined in Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide.
All food and beverages available through vending machines and other food services will be compliant with the specifications outlined below. This is consistent with the “Serve Most/Serve Sometimes/Serve Least” categories.
Serve Most Serve Sometimes Serve Least
Elementary 100% 0% 0%
Junior High 100% 100% 0%
High School 100% 100% 0%
Alternative Food Rewards
Rewarding children in the classroom need not involve candy and other foods that can undermine children’s diets and health and reinforce unhealthful eating habits. A wide variety of alternative rewards can be used to provide positive reinforcement for children’s behaviour and academic performance.
CCSD Recommended List of Suggestions
CCSD Healthy Choices Newsletters
2016 - 2017
April - Elementary
April - Jr. High/High School
February - Jr. High/High School
February - Elementary
February - Jr. High/High School
January - Elementary
January - Jr. High/High School
December - Elementary
December - Jr. High/High School
November - Elementary
November - Jr. High/High School
October - Elementary
October - Jr. High/High School
June - Elementary
June - Jr. High/High School
May - Elementary
May - Jr. High/High School
March – Elementary
March – Jr. High/High School
February – Jr. High/High School
February – Elementary
January – Elementary
January – Jr. High/ High School
December – Elementary
December – Jr. High/High School
November – Elementary
November – Jr. High/High School
October – Elementary
October – Jr. High/High School
District Administrative Procedures
AP 164 - Healthy Food and Beverage Choices
AP 164 Appendix: Healthy Eating Food Guide
Alberta Health Services Comprehensive School Health
Alberta Milk Resources
Breakfast Clubs of Canada
Breakfast for Learning
Canada’s Food Guide
Ever Active Schools
Joint Consortium for School Health
Making it Happen: Healthy Eating at School