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Webinar: A journey into school fruits and vegetables programs in MB and BC

Hosted by: Food Secure Canada

THURSDAY, MAY 7th from 1:00- 2:00 PM EDT

Learn how school food programs in Manitoba and BC are successfully making the school lunchroom healthier through fruits and vegetables programs.

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There is a compelling evidence that healthy school food programs have the potential to improve student's diets, academic performance, and social functioning, and also impact theirlong-term health. Presenters will explain how their organizations implemented fruit and vegetable programs along with other strategies to improve the health of school food meals. After the presentations there will be time for Q & A.

In ManitobaThe Child Nutrition Council of Manitoba offers all schools the option of applying for funding to operate a Vegetable and Fruit snack program. Schools are also asked to include a fruit or vegetable with all other types of funded meals. Currently 204 schools receive funding in 91% of the school divisions in Manitoba. More information available on Child Nutrition Council of Manitoba website.

In British Columbia, Farm To School (F2S) is broadly defined as a school-based program that connects schools (K-12) and local farms.The goal of the program is to ensure children have access to fresh, local, nutritious, safe and culturally appropriate foods while at school. Farm to School programs aim to improve student nutrition, and to provide students with educational opportunities about foods and the local food system. More information available on Farm To School website.

In this webinar, Kayla Atkey from Alberta Policy Coalition for Chronic Disease Prevention (APCCP) will be discussing a recent evidence synthesis on school food policies, which explores the impact of these policies and related interventions on students’ dietary intake of fruits and vegetables and body weight status.

This webinar is part 2 of our series on School Food Programs to raise the profile of promising and innovative school food programs models in Canada in order to complement the work of the Coalition of Healthy School Food for a universal healthy school food program.
All recordings of this webinar series will be also be accessible on our website


Viola Prowse, is the Executive Director, Child Nutrition Council of ManitobaAfter graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Manitoba and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Western Ontario, Viola Prowse spent several years teaching junior and senior high school in Ontario and Manitoba.  While raising five children she became involved in various volunteer activities, including the Manitoba School Improvement Program. In 1998 she became the project coordinator of a two-year Community Involvement Project jointly sponsored by the Manitoba Association of School Trustees and the Manitoba School Improvement Program.  Subsequently in 2001 she was hired to coordinate activities by the newly formed Child Nutrition Council of Manitoba and eventually took on the role of Executive Director. In that time, the Council grew from supporting 10 programs with a budget of 15 thousand to over 200 programs with a budget of over one million. In her work with schools Viola has received the Service in Education Award by the then Fort Garry School Division and the Marilyn Ashby Project Award for the improvement of health and well-being of children.  The Council has also received the Canadian Home and School National School Health Award for 2002 and a nomination for a Golden Carrot award in 2009. 

Vanessa Perrodou is the Provincial Manager of the Farm to School BC Network. She is a Registered Dietitian with experience working in the school based healthy eating sector both at the provincial government level and with several provincial school based healthy eating initiatives in BC. As Provincial Manager, Vanessa oversees the functions of the Farm to School BC Network including supporting Farm to School programs, growing and strengthening the network, and is currently leading a two year project which will see the development of 50 new Farm to School programs and the establishment of three Farm to School Regional Hubs across the province by June 2016. In her spare time Vanessa is a budding photographer, balcony gardener and dancer. .

Kayla Atkey is the policy analyst for the Alberta Policy Coalition for Chronic Disease Prevention (APCCP) and Power Up Clasp team, located at the University of Alberta. In this role, she helps to coordinate the activities of the Coalition, as well as gathers and reviews evidence to identify evidence-based policy interventions for obesity prevention. Through her academic and professional experience, Kayla has developed a keen interest in the use of participatory approaches to promote healthy public policy change. 

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Webinar date: 
Thursday, May 7, 2015 -
1:00pm to 2:00pm
Network group: 
- Private group -