Top Three Reasons to Teach Nutrition

Health Behaviours 3 min

What is the value of teaching students about nutrition? Do your nutrition resources need an update? Learn why teaching nutrition at school matters and discover where to find free, engaging, curriculum-based resources for your students.

By DFC - PLC, Nutrition Team
3 students sitting and looking to the front of the class
Students sitting in classroom and looking to the front

What sets Teach Nutrition resources apart?

If you are looking for resources to make your nutrition lessons come alive, you’re in the right place. The Teach Nutrition team of Registered Dietitians at Dairy Farmers of Canada is passionate about growing positive attitudes and behaviours around food and eating. You’ll find a variety of engaging resources for your grade level (Elementary K–3, Elementary 4–6, Junior High and High School) brought to you by the team.

What sets these resources apart?

  • They are curriculum-based and include cross-curricular links.
  • They prioritize rewarding and experiential learning for students.
  • The team of Registered Dietitians works alongside teachers and students during the development process to ensure they meet your needs.

Bonus: Everything is free!

 

The top three reasons to teach nutrition in school:

1. Nutrition is part of the Alberta Education curriculum.

Curricular outcomes related to food, eating and nutrition are part of every grade. Nutrition is also part of the physical wellness dimension of Alberta Education’s Framework for Wellness Education.

2. Nutrition links to a variety of meaningful academic and life skills.

From exploring students’ food traditions to using recipes, teaching nutrition can deepen students’ understanding of literacy, numeracy, science, social studies and culture. Beyond academics, nutrition education offers meaningful life skills such as learning how to plan and prepare meals and snacks.

3. Nutrition is one component of approaches that support student success.

Comprehensive School Health and the Whole Child Approach are two examples of frameworks that recognize the importance of nutrition education in student learning. Generally, the aim of nutrition education within these approaches is to encourage students’ 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.

 

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

 

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For All Ages
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Food skills
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Healthy eating
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Food literacy
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Health behaviours