School Nutrition Program
We have a great new program coming to our perch!! SFA welcomes our first School Nutrition Program
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.
Through the program, we 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.
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. And 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. 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.
To learn more about the school nutrition program, please visit: www.education.alberta.ca/school-nutrition-program or contact Gaye Horlick at the school. If you are interested in volunteering your time to help support the program let us know.
We look forward to a rewarding school year as we link nutrition to your child’s education.
September 11, 2018