MONTREAL, FEBRUARY 22, 2012 – March is Nutrition Month all across Canada and in marking this occasion, the English Montreal School Board’s Cafeteria and Nutrition Education Division of Community Services has prepared an array of nutrition activities.
The campaign aims to promote healthy eating habits on a daily basis by focusing on nutrition awareness and increasing knowledge on the subject. At the elementary level, Nutrition Month is celebrated through the EMSB Nutrition Month calendars, featuring facts and activities for each day of the month of March adapted for every cycle. Each week will highlight a different food group from Canada’s Food Guide. At the end of the month, classes that have completed their calendars will get the chance to win a prize in a contest drawing that will take place on April 13.
In keeping with the Nutrition Month theme and in support to the “Healthy School” approach, subsidized cooking workshops will be offered from March until the end of May, in collaboration with Les ateliers cinq épices. They will expose students to the world of cooking to encourage healthy eating habits and provide a whole new and exciting realm for nutrition education through the discovery and the tastings of healthy foods.
In the high schools, the program entitled “Eat Right Feel Bright” will take place in the form of two in-class sessions to Secondary III students in physical education and health. The campaign will address issues of weight, dieting, body image, social pressure to look perfect and encouraging healthy lifestyles through good nutrition and physical activity and respecting oneself.