Coalition for Healthy School Food

The Coalition for Healthy School Food is a group of nearly 40 organizations from across Canada advocating for a national school food program. We seek an investment by the federal government in a cost-shared Universal Healthy School Food Program that will enable all students in Canada to have access to healthy meals at school every day. Building on existing programs across the country, all schools will eventually serve a healthy meal or snack at little or no cost to students.

Canada is one of the only industrialized countries without a national school food program and was recently ranked 37th of 41 countries around providing healthy food for kids. A Universal Healthy School Food Program would support the health, wellbeing and education of all Canadian children.

 

The Coalition's position paper is available here.

 

For more information, please contact Sasha McNicoll, Coalition for Healthy School Food Coordinator.

 

Our last news about children and schools:

Making it happen! School nutrition success stories

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Because increasing personal fitness and becoming healthier is critical to achieving a better and longer life, President George W. Bush established the HealthierUS initiative. The initiative is designed to help Americans, especially children, improve their overall health by making small adjustments and improvements in the activities of daily life. The President’s HealthierUSinitiative encourages all Americans to:

• Be physically active every day;
• Eat a nutritious diet;
• Get preventive screenings; and
• Make healthy choices. 

Public Health Nutrition Framework for Action 2012-2016: Improving the food environment in schools in New Brunswick’s Francophone sud school district Case Study

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Motivation and background:

The pioneer behind the concept of the “entrepreneurial cafeteria” is Rachel Schofield Martin. Ms. Schofield Martin is a physical education teacher by training. In 2007, she accepted a position as a community development officer at École Blanche-Bourgeois. Seeing that students and staff were unhappy with the food available in the cafeteria and concerned about everyone’s health, Rachel saw a golden opportunity to launch an innovative community project. 

CPMA-ACDFL-We bring something better to the table

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Stakeholders are ready to work in partnership in support of a national policy:  The Canadian Produce Marketing Association and the Canadian Public Health Association, along with producers, retailers, food service professionals, health professionals and the leading chronic disease communities including Heart and Stroke, Canadian Cancer and Canadian Diabetes and other stakeholders, are working together to establish the framework for a national fruit  and vegetable nutrition policy.

Advancing Universal, Healthy School Food: The Alberta Experience

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Alberta Food Matters:
Mission: Engaging Albertans in strategies to ensure secure access to adequate amounts of safe, nutritious, culturally appropriate food for everyone, produced in an environmentally sustainable way and provided in a manner that promotes human dignity.

Effects Food Insecurity Hunger March 2015

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Food insecurity and hunger are significant problems in Canada, in which millions of Canadians experiencing some level of food insecurity. The purpose of the present article is to review what is currently known about the effects of food insecurity and hunger on children. 

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