New nutrition program for St Francis of Assisi Catholic Academy

Callie Hermanson
Lakeside Leader

It is hard for students to focus in class when they are hungry, and research shows there is a direct link between healthy and nutritious eating and academic success.

“We are pleased to inform you that St Francis of Assisi is part of the Government of Alberta’s targeted school nutrition program for the 2018/19 school year,” says St Francis of Assisi Catholic Academy Principal Angie White.

White says through the program, they will be offering students a daily nutritious snack that adheres to the Alberta Nutrition Guidelines for Children and Youth.

The meal will be offered to all students that wish to participate, at no cost to parents.

White adds the program will not only provide opportunities for students to try new foods, it will also provide an opportunity for social interaction outside of the classroom.

While there are several opportunities to address health, wellness and nutrition throughout Alberta’s curriculum, a key component of the program is to ensure students, teachers, parents, caregivers and community members have the opportunity to learn more about the importance of choice and preparation of healthy foods, the importance of reading food labels, and access to Alberta’s food resources says White.

“As individuals, families, organizations and communities, we can work together to increase the availability and appeal of healthier food choices, and to teach and model healthy eating behaviours,” says White.

To learn more about the program, visit education.al berta.ca/school-nutrition-program or contact Gaye Horlick at 780-849-5245.

”We look forward to a rewarding school year as we link nutrition to your child’s education,”says White.

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