Teach Food First: An Educators Toolkit for Exploring Canada’s Food Guide

It is exciting to see so many educators interested in teaching about food, nutrition and Canada’s food guide in the classroom! We also recognize that finding relevant resources and navigating the often complex world of food and nutrition can be challenging. We hope that this toolkit and workshop makes it easier (and more enjoyable!) for educators to explore this subject area with students. 

“Teach food first” focuses on using a food exploration approach to nutrition education that has been linked with long-term, positive eating attitudes and behaviors. This toolkit supports educators with best-practice approaches, resources, and lessons that:

  • Connect with Canada’s food guide and British Columbia Curriculum
  • Are grade-specific and age-appropriate
  • Consider equity and cultural inclusivity

You will leave this workshop with an understanding of the principles to guide your teaching on food and nutrition and fun new lesson plans for use with your students in your classroom.

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12:45 PM - 2:15 PM

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  • Island Health
    Janelle Hatch

    Janelle is a Healthy Schools Coordinator and Registered Dietitian with Island Health.  As a parent of two school-age children, she is grateful to educators in the schools.  She is passionate in her work and values partnership with schools and educators to support healthy school environments.  Janelle enjoys growing and sharing food with others and sees an important role for food literacy in schools.  She is excited to share the foundations and tools of this new provincial resource that can assist educators in bringing the exploration of food into the classroom setting.

  • Island Health
    Katty English

    Katty English is a Public Health Dietitian working in the South Island. She is passionate about working alongside comminutes and schools to promote well-being and address barriers to health for all. In her time away from work, she enjoys brisk ocean dips. Katty is grateful to live and work on unceded Coast Salish territory.