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Healthy Food Guideline


École Holy Cross Healthy Food Guideline

I. Background:

A) Holy Cross Healthy School Guideline Goal: To ensure that there is a common understanding of the need for .nutritional guidelines in our school and the resulting positive effect for the health and academic achievement of all students.

B) Healthy School Vision Statement: Our school community strives to maintain a happy, healthy environment where everybody is encouraged to be active and eat well.

C) Healthy School Mission Statements: Holy Cross will foster a healthy school environment that promotes and supports students, staff, parents and community members to choose healthy, active lifestyles. Active living and healthy eating habits will be encouraged and supported by sustainable programs within the school community. Holy Cross will empower everyone to make educated choices towards leading healthy lifestyles. A sustainable and positive environment will guide making the healthy choice the only choice within the school community.

D) Feedback and Input from Holy Cross Parents.  In 2008, 97% of parent respondents agreed that schools should ban or limit the availability of unhealthy foods at school and 85% of parent respondents agreed that schools should discourage or not allow students to bring unhealthy foods to school. In 2010, 90% of parent respondents agreed that schools should limit the availability of unhealthy foods at school, and 98% of parents agree or strongly agree that Holy Cross should adhere to the Alberta Nutrition Guidelines, developed by Alberta Health and Wellness to guide schools in offering healthy food choices. In April 2015, Holy Cross School Council members reviewed the current policy and tentative changes that were being drafted. All additions were approved and motioned to continue implementing the nutrition policy at Holy Cross.

E) ECSD Policy : The Edmonton Catholic School District is committed to providing school environments that promote and protect children's health, well-being, and the ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity. Specifically, the district is committed to the following statements:The school district will engage students, parents, teachers, food service professionals,health professionals, and other interested community members in dialoguing and collaboratively making decisions and engaging in practices which promote healthy eating and physical activity. All students in grades K - 12 will have opportunities, support, and encouragement to eat healthy foods.Foods and beverages sold or served at school will support healthy eating choices. Foods will be from the "Choose Most Often" or "Choose Sometimes" categories as outlined in the Alberta Nutrition Guidelines for children and Youth (2008). Schools will provide nutrition education and physical education to foster lifelong habits of healthy eating and physical activity, and will establish linkages between health education, and foods available at the school and for school sponsored activities.

Healthy Eating in ECSD.pdf

II. Holy Cross Healthy School Guidelines will affect all areas that involve the consumption of food by our students within the school environment. This includes but is not limited to the following:

A) Food served or sold at the school: Food and beverages provided by or sold by the school will follow the Choose Most Often or Choose Sometimes food categories using Alberta's Food Rating System.*This includes but is not limited to hot lunch program, welcome back BBQ, cooking club, whole school events and canteen.

B) Celebrations: Holy Cross School will limit celebrations that involve food during the school day to typical celebrations (Halloween, Christmas, and Valentine's Day). Teachers are encouraged to incorporate non-food activities into celebrations as an alternative. If food is served during a classroom celebration it will follow the 'Choose Most Often' and 'Choose Sometimes' food categories.

C) Birthdays: Teachers and parents are encouraged to incorporate non-food activities into celebrations as an alternative. If food is served during a classroom celebration it will follow the 'Choose Most Often' and 'Choose Sometimes' food categories.fruit-1133768__480.jpg

D) Lunches/Snacks: School lunches and snacks are encouraged to come from the 'Choose Most Often' and 'Choose Sometimes' food categories. Children will be encouraged to choose their healthiest option from their lunch kit for the first snack break of the day.

E) Food as Rewards: The Staff at École Holy Cross School will be encouraged to choose alternatives to food or beverage rewards for academic performance or desired behavior in the classroom. If food and beverages are to be used than selections will be made from the 'Choose Most Often or 'Choose Sometimes' food categories using Alberta's Food Rating System.

F) Food Allergies: The staff at École Holy Cross is to be mindful of the extensive food allergies amongst the student population and is encouraged to become educated with the Allergy Information Board located in the staffroom.

III. École Holy Cross' Healthy School Guidelines will affect all areas that involve the promotion of a healthy lifestyle for its school community members. This includes but is not limited to the following:

A) School Messaging: Messages in the school will promote and reinforce healthy messages being taught at École Holy Cross School. This includes bulletin boards, announcements and displays in the classrooms or for special events.

B) Staff Role-Modeling: École Holy Cross staff recognize the importance and impact that healthy role modeling can have on influencing student behaviours. All staff are encouraged to choose food and beverages from the 'Choose Most Often' or 'Choose Sometimes' food categories during school hours and when interacting with students at school.

C) Fundraising: To support student's health and school nutrition-education efforts, École Holy Cross will promote non-food fundraisers and fundraising activities that promote physical activity. If initiatives include food, school fundraising activities will include food options from the 'Choose Most Often' and 'Choose Sometimes' food categories.

D) Education/Communication: Holy Cross staff is encouraged to find effective ways to communicate with the home about the Healthy School Guidelines. This may include communication around classroom celebrations, birthdays and school lunches and snacks.


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