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Overview of Concept

In K-9 Health Education and Wellness 10, students have opportunities to consider how healthy eating influences personal health and well-being in different stages of life, investigate the impact of healthy eating on the body and immune system, analyze personal eating practices and needs, and evaluate food policies. Learning opportunities inform decision-making and action related to healthy eating at home, at school, and in the community. At different grade levels, many interdisciplinary connections can be made, for example, to Science (Life Science), English Language Arts (Comprehend and Respond), Social Studies (Resource and Wealth), and Physical Education (Active Living).

Essential Questions

  • What is healthy eating?
  • How could a healthy diet for one person be unhealthy for another?
  • How much choice do you have about the food you eat? Why do these choices matter?

Sample Learning Experiences

There are many resources available to support teaching and learning in health education. Here are a few questions to consider before using them in your classes:

  • How will the learning activities allow all students to actively engage in a meaningful and relevant way?
  • How do the learning activities support connections between students’ lives, history, and curricular outcomes?
  • How do I need to modify the learning activities to better meet the needs of students and the community in which we live?

Grade 2: Healthy Snacks for Me

Grade 5: Ingredients Revisited

Grade 7: Eat This!

Grade 9: Food In the Community

Wellness 10: The Future of Food

Resources

In addition to the Core and Additional Resources recommended by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education, the following resources may support teaching and learning related to healthy eating.

Nourishing Minds

Outlined in this document, produced by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education in partnership with the Ministries of Health and Social Services, are guidelines to inform the development of school division nutrition policies through a Comprehensive School Community Health (CSCH) approach.

Healthy Foods for My School

This guide, produced by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health, helps schools provide healthy food options for students to support the important role schools play in supporting and practicing healthy eating.

Food Secure Saskatchewan (FSS)

FSS is a coalition of individuals and groups working toward, or interested in, achieving food security for all Saskatchewan citizens by way of a healthy and sustainable food system. Available on the website is information about food security and resources for educators. Relevant publications include Access and Affordability: Saskatchewan Food Banks Explore the Cost of Healthy Eating (2010), The Cost of Healthy Eating in Saskatchewan 2009: The Impact of Food Security, and The Cost of Healthy Eating in Northern Saskatchewan (2009).

Environmental Working Group (EWG)

The EWG is an American environmental health and advocacy organization. On the EWG website, find information and resources related to a variety of key issues, including food. Relevant publications include the yearly Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen list of the most and least pesticide-contaminated produce, information about other chemicals in food, and advantages of eating locally and sustainably.

Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide

Produced by Health Canada, on the website find the Food Guide for First Nations, Inuit and Métis, translations of the Food Guide in several languages, background information, resources for educators, and interactive tools.

The Politics of Food Guides

The societal and political influences on the content of food guides in Canada are explored in this report and news story created by the CBC in July 2012, in conjunction with the 70th anniversary of Canada’s first food guide. An electronic history of food guides in Canada including a timeline and images is also available.

Teaching Nutrition in Saskatchewan: Concepts and Resources Grades 1-3

Outlined in this resource, developed by the Public Health Nutritionists of Saskatchewan, are Canadian-based nutrition information and resources organized by grade level and aligned with outcomes in the Saskatchewan Health Education curricula.