Resources to support healthy initiatives in your child's school
Promote non food fundraisers such as magazines, gift wrap, raffle, spelling bees or active fundraisers such as dances, skate a thons, or floor hockey tournament.
Resources to support healthy initiatives
- Find out if there is a healthy eating active living committee and join it. If not start one. Check out this resource.
- Promote non food fundraisers such as magazines, gift wrap, raffle, spelling bees or active fundraisers such as dances, skate a thons, or floor hockey tournament. For more ideas check out Healthy School Fundraising.
- Volunteer to assist with the school breakfast or lunch program if your school has one. Advocate for healthy choices to be served. Breakfast Program Resource.
- Provide healthy baked items for bake sales. Check out Bake Better Bites for some great recipe ideas!
- Learn about the Alberta Nutrition Guidelines for Children and Youth and find out what your school is doing to implement them. Advocate for healthy school nutrition policy.
How families benefit from healthy lifestyles
- Be an active role model. Parents who are active have children who are active. Walk to school or park your car a couple blocks away from the school to drop off or pick up your children.
- Be a healthy eating role model. Sit down and eat meals together as a family. Children who eat dinner with family have a higher fruit and vegetable intake, consume less pop, have a diet higher in fiber, calcium, folate, iron, vitamins B6, B12, C and E and eat less saturated fat and less trans fat.
- Encourage your child to get involved with activities at school such as intramurals, school clubs or before and after school programs. This helps increase their self-esteem and interactions with their peers.