Nutrition support for your classroom
You will find the Australian Guide to Eating and Australian Dietary Guidelines here, as well as a number of other nutrition resources to order or download. The Australian Guide to Healthy Eating is a visual guide to the relative proportions of the five food groups that we should eat each day. The Australian Dietary Guidelines gives information about the amounts of food we should be eating and dietary patterns for health. The Australian Guide to Healthy Eating and Australian Dietary Guidelines are based on a large amount of evidence and research. Most of the programs below are based on these documents.
The Refresh.ED website provides registered users with free quality K-10 food and nutrition teaching materials which align with the Australian Curriculum and one of four key food and nutrition focus areas (food and drink source, choice, experience or health). It also provides professional learning videos and information sheets on key nutrition topics. Refresh.ED is a component of the WA Healthy Children Program which is jointly funded by the Western Australian and Australian Governments.
Foodbank WA launched Superhero Foods HQ in March, 2016. Superhero Foods is an online resource providing teachers and health educators with access to a host of highly engaging nutrition education resources including:
- Free downloadable lesson plans and resources linked to the Australian Curriculum for all ages (Foundation to Year 10).
- A number of nutrition resources available for download or purchase including recipe booklets, placemats, game/collector cards, storybook, colouring-in pages and clipart.
The Kitchen Garden Classroom, developed by Stephanie Alexander's Kitchen Garden Foundation (SAKGF), is a program that supports teachers to deliver pleasurable food education in the classroom. Schools who sign up to the program will gain access to teaching resources aligned to the Australian Curriculum, recipes, information sheets and videos, professional learning opportunities and email and phone support.
The Western Australian School Canteen Association Inc (WASCA) assists school canteens and other food services to provide and promote healthy choices and operate economically viable and professional businesses. WASCA offers parent and student educator workshops covering the Australian Guide to Healthy eating, label reading, recipes, tips and a cooking demonstration as well as kindy orientation sessions for new parents, looking at the healthy food and drink policy, school canteen and lunchbox ideas.
Schools and their canteen are well placed to support healthy eating and in fact have a vital role to play in helping to reduce the worldwide epidemic of childhood obesity.
Children should eat a wide range of foods so that they have the energy for learning and growing. The 'traffic light' system helps public schools plan menus full of healthy, nutritious and affordable food and drinks. Food and drinks available at schools through canteens and food services, class treats, school camps and excursions should be consistent with the nutrition and physical activity messages taught in the classroom.
Schools must follow the policy as described below:
|GREEN category foods are encouraged. Schools should aim to fill their menus with these healthy foods.|
|AMBER foods should be selected carefully and eaten in moderation.|
|RED food and drinks are off the menu and will not be available in public schools.|
Parents are encouraged to use the GREEN AMBER RED system at home too.
Foodbank WA supplies School Breakfast Program food products to registered schools free of charge to ensure that all students have an equal opportunity to receive a wholesome, nutritious breakfast on a regular basis. Over 440 schools across Western Australia participate in the program.
This free online training resource provides information for teachers and other professionals about raising the issue of children’s weight and encouraging families to seek appropriate services.
Have a great idea for a healthy eating initiative at your school but are having trouble securing funding? Schools Plus may be able to help! Schools Plus supports schools in low SES areas to raise funds in a variety of ways, including crowdfunding and Smart Giving.