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Health & Wellness in School

Healthy Eating

We believe a student’s health is an important factor for learning.

Nutrition

A key aspect to being a healthy individual is good nutrition. We support good nutrition by offering healthy food choices to students through cafeterias, vending machines, canteen/tuck shops or school/teacher sponsored lunch events at school.

We do not offer pop, energy drinks, chips, candy, chocolate or products classified as natural health products. Deep fryers are not used to prepare food in our schools unless their use is directly linked to the program of studies.

In order to support healthy growth and development, it is important to provide affordable and accessible nutritious snacks in school.

Our Nutrition - Administrative Regulation 3047 applies to food and beverages served or sold by CBE staff or CBE contracted food service providers. It does not apply to the lunch or snack items parents send with their child or to school council sponsored lunch days.

We are also committed to adhering to Alberta Health food services standards.

Staying for Lunch

We provide students with the option of staying at school for lunch. Noon Supervision is offered to all students in Grades 1- 6 and in our full-day kindergarten programs. Find out more in Noon Supervision.

Healthy Fundraising

Many schools and parent groups organize fundraisers to raise money for school events and activities. Fundraising with healthy foods and non-food items shows the schools commitment to supporting healthy lifestyles. Healthy fundraising reinforces the messages that are taught in the classroom.

 

 Partnerships and Services

 
  • Alberta Health Services
  • ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada
  • Breakfast Clubs of Canada
  • Breakfast for Learning
  • Brown Baggin’ It for Calgary Kids
  • Calgary Food Bank
  • Fuel for School
  • Meals on Wheels
 

 Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q. There is a lot of sugar in fruit juices. Why are they still sold or served in schools?

It is recommended to eat whole vegetables and fruit more often than juice because they are more filling and provide fibre and other nutrients. Unsweetened 100% fruit and/or vegetable juice can still be part of a healthy eating pattern but it is recommended to limit these drinks to ½ cup (125 ml) serving per day. 100% fruit juices have a high level of natural sugar and vegetable juices may have a high level of sodium. All sugars in food and drinks contain the same amount of calories whether they are added sugars or naturally occurring sugars. Drinking too much juice tends to replace the intake of other healthy foods and beverages. Drinks that are labelled as “fruit drink”, “punch”, “-ade” “cocktail” or “beverage, contain little to no natural fruit juice. They are typically made with water, sugar and flavouring and are not recommended as a healthy choice.

Q. The CBE is allowing chocolate milk. What information did you use to make this decision?

Flavoured milk, flavoured fortified soy beverages and flavoured yogurt contain added sugar and may have a sodium content of more than 200mg per serving. However, these products still provide the same important bone building nutrients as the regular, unsweetened versions. According to the Alberta Nutrition Guidelines for Children and Youth, many of these options are considered a ‘Choose Sometimes’ food.

Q. A little treat from a Teacher isn’t a big deal. Why is it part of the nutrition regulation?

Food rewards and treats are often used to give recognition to children and youth because they are quick and easy. However, rewarding children with treats may contradict the healthy eating lessons in the classroom. It can also encourage children to eat outside of regular meal or snack times when they are not even hungry. Many sweet treats can be harmful to children’s dental health and may teach them that food rewards are ‘better’ than regular foods.

Recognition in the form of non-food items is recommended. Some examples of non-food rewards are: stickers, pencils, bookmarks, balls, or special privileges such as being a helper. You could also give recognition certificates for accomplishing something to let the students know they’ve done a great job without having the sweet treats.

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Q. I am a member of the School Council and each month we sponsor a fun food day at our Elementary School. Does Administrative Regulation 3057 cover the food we serve to our students?

Administration Regulation 3047 only covers foods and beverages that are served or sold by CBE staff or CBE contracted food service providers located inside the school to CBE students. However, parent groups are encouraged to collaborate with the principal of the school to provide consistent messages to students around healthier food choices.

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Q. I am a teacher organizing a fundraiser and we want to sell Texas Donuts to our students and staff. Does Administrative Regulation 3047 still apply to this?

Administrative Regulation 3047 applies to fundraising when a CBE staff member sells food items to CBE student. The Texas Donut would not meet the ‘Serve Most Often’ or ‘Serve Sometimes’ criteria of the regulation. Please refer to the Alberta Nutrition Guidelines for Children and Youth for the definition of ‘Serve Most Often’ and ‘Serve Sometimes’.

For additional ideas see Healthy School Fundraising from Alberta Health Services.

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Q. In my classroom, we celebrate the program of studies connections with different food from different cultures. Students choose the food they want to make and then parents cook the food at home with their children. Would Administrative Regulation 3047 apply to the activity?

Nutrition Administration Regulation 3047 only covers foods and beverages that are served or sold by CBE staff or CBE contracted food service providers located inside the school to CBE students.

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Q. As a parent, do I have to pack items in my child’s lunch that comply with Administrative Regulation 3047?

The revised Administration Regulation does not apply to lunch or snacks provided by a parent for their child. The revised Administration Regulation 3047 only covers foods and beverages that are served or sold by CBE staff or CBE contracted food service providers located inside the school to CBE students. 

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Q. Does Administrative Regulation 3047 apply to sports days or fun food days organized by school staff?

Administration Regulation 3047 does apply to these days, as the food would be provided by CBE staff or CBE contracted food service providers located inside the school. You would have to select foods and beverages that meet the criteria from the ‘Choose Most often’ or ‘Choose Sometimes’ categories according to grade level as defined by the Alberta Nutrition Guidelines for Children and Youth.

For additional ideas see Healthy School Fundraising from Alberta Health Services.

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Q. I belong to a band–parent association, and we do our annual chocolate almond fundraiser where students are selling to the community. Are we allowed to do this?

Yes, the items are not being sold to CBE students by CBE staff; therefore, you are allowed to do so.

For additional ideas see Healthy School Fundraising from Alberta Health Services.

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Q. I am a CBE junior High Teacher and have a pizza party at the end of the basketball season. Would Administrative Regulations 3047 apply to my year end celebration?

Yes, Administrative Regulation 3047 would apply and as a CBE staff member serving foods to CBE students you would have to select foods and beverages that meet the criteria from the "Choose Most often" or "Choose Sometimes" categories as defined by the Alberta Nutrition Guidelines for Children and Youth.

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Q. I am a student and we fundraise for clubs, councils and events by selling chips to other students. Does Administrative Regulation 3047 apply to this?

Yes, Administrative Regulation 3047 applies and you would not be able to sell the chips to CBE students because it would not meet the "Serve Most Often" or "Serve Sometimes" criteria. This is a school-sponsored sale and the regulation applies. Please visit the Alberta Nutrition Guidelines for Children and Youth.

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Q. As a student, if I leave the school campus and purchase food for my lunch does it have to comply with Administrative Regulation 3047?

The Administration Regulation does not apply to lunch or snacks provided by a parent for their child. The revised Administration Regulation 3047 only covers foods and beverages that are served or sold by CBE staff or CBE contracted food service providers located inside the school to CBE students.

However we would encourage you to make healthy choices from the "Choose Most often" or "Choose Sometimes" categories as defined by the Alberta Nutrition Guidelines for Children and Youth.

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 Contact Us

 
Deborah Clare
Food & Nutrition Specialist
t | 403-817-7554
 

 Supporting Documents

 

 

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