Top Three Reasons to Teach Nutrition

Health Behaviours

Do your nutrition resources need an update? Explore the top three reasons to teach about food and nutrition in early learning and school settings, and discover free, curriculum-based resources and activities.

By DFC - PLC, Nutrition Team
Image of two people sitting at a table. Text reads Discover the value of food and nutrition education.

If you’re looking for resources to make your food and nutrition lessons come alive, you’re in the right place.  

Our Teach Nutrition team of Registered Dietitians is passionate about growing positive attitudes and behaviours around food and eating. We create tools and resources that span from early childhood to high school, with the aim of enhancing child, youth, and educator wellbeing.  

What sets these resources apart? 

  • They are curriculum-based and include cross-curricular links. 

  • They prioritize experiential learning for children and youth. 

  • They are developmentally appropriate. We focus on pacing learning by building the foundation with food exploration and incorporating abstract nutrition concepts as children get older. 

  • We work alongside early learning in child care educators, teachers, and children during the development process to ensure our resources meet your needs. 

The best part? Everything is free! 

Why incorporate food and nutrition education in early learning and school? 

1. Nutrition education is part of Alberta’s curricula.  

In early learning, Flight: Alberta’s Early Learning and Care Framework recommends that children learn about food and nutrition as part of its Well-Being goal. In Alberta Education’s K–12 curriculum, outcomes related to food, eating, and nutrition are part of every grade level. Nutrition is also included in the physical wellness dimension of Alberta Education’s Framework for Wellness Education.  

From exploring food traditions to using recipes, teaching about food and nutrition can also deepen a child’s understanding of literacy, numeracy, science, social studies, and culture.  

2. Nutrition is one component of approaches that support child and student success.  

Comprehensive School Health and the Whole Child Approach are two examples of frameworks that recognize the importance of food and nutrition education. Generally, the aim of nutrition education in these approaches is to encourage children’s ability, motivation, and confidence to make choices to care for themselves within the context of their values and resources. This in turn can support both academic achievement and the long-term development and success of all children.  

3. Nutrition and food education helps build food literacy.  

Food literacy is learning about and engaging with the many roles of food for ourselves, others, and our world. Four pathways enable us to explore and develop our understanding and skills within food literacy: 

  • Food systems: How food grows, how it is produced, and how it is made available. 

  • Food skills: How to identify, plan, get, store, prepare, and eat food. 

  • Food context: How the foods we eat reflect our needs and resources. 

  • Food story: The relationship between food, culture, and identity. 

This learning continues throughout our lifetime as we learn with and from people, places, foods, objects, and ideas. From food exploration and discovery in early learning, to learning to plan and prepare meals and snacks in junior high and high school, incorporating a variety of activities and experiences with food can help nurture these connections and support children and youth on their food literacy journey.  

Offer your learners great content this year by incorporating Teach Nutrition resources into your lessons.   

Choose from a variety of engaging resources for the ages or stages you teach: 

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