Our Public Health Dietitians work with schools using a comprehensive school health approach to help make the healthy choice the easy choice. Support is provided to:
Assist the school in assessing their school food environment and addressing their school’s healthy eating goals
Support the work of staff, parents and/or students for food and nutrition initiatives
Support the development of school policies related to food and healthy eating
Work with schools to plan food literacy initiatives such as Farm to School, classroom food preparation and school gardens
Consult regarding the implementation of the BC Guidelines for Food and Beverage Sales in BC Schools (e.g. food service, fundraisers, vending machines, school events)
Provide professional development workshops (e.g. school healthy eating assessment / planning process)
Provide healthy eating resources (e.g., Canada’s Food Guide, Nutrition Month posters, lesson plans about food, nutrition, body image, gardens, etc.) designed to nurture healthy eaters at school in early and middle years and nurture healthy eaters at school in senior years.
Help school staff find appropriate nutrition services for students (e.g. eating disorder services, nutrition counselling)
Vanessa Lam, Public Health Dietitian
FAQ: Top questions about Canadas food guide in the school setting
Supporting healthy eating at school - Ways to build food literacy and teach about food & nutrition in schools
Healthy Eating at School - Provincial website with resources, community partners and associations, research and reports, sample nutrition policies, success stories and ideas for taking action.
Guidelines for Food and Beverage Sales in Schools - Healthy meal and snack options are an important part of creating healthy eating environments for where we live, learn, work and play. The resources on this website provide information on nutrition standards for schools and public buildings in B.C. The guidelines define the minimum nutrition standard for student health and are a mandated policy for public schools to apply to all food and beverages sold to students.
Brand Name Food List - Learn about nutrition ratings for packaged and franchised foods and beverages to find Choose Most and Choose Sometimes items that meet B.C.'s nutrition standards for schools.
Healthy Schools BC - Healthy Schools BC brings together healthy schools information, products, programs and resources from across BC into one convenient and easy to use website, and demonstrates how these programs can work together in a planned, coordinated way under the Comprehensive School Health approach. Strengthened health-education partnerships, tools for healthy school assessment and planning, and the coordination of existing school-based healthy living programs and resources combine to support improvements in students' health and learning.
HealthLink BC – Dietitian Services - Registered Dietitians answer food and nutrition questions by calling 8-1-1. Service is available in 130 languages.
Shapedown BC - Fosters healthy lifestyle changes with families that are learning about healthy eating and active living.
Eating Disorders Program - Vancouver and Coastal - Client-centered care that empowers individuals with eating disorders and their families to take responsibility for the recovery process and enhance their quality of life. Free services are available for children, youth and adults who have Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and other specified feeding or eating disorders.