School Resources

A Healthy School Nutrition Environment exists when a school promotes healthy eating through words and actions.

Students get the same message about food, nutrition and healthy eating wherever food is served - in the classroom at school and at home.

Teaching kits, displays, and DVDs may be borrowed free of charge from the Public Health Resource Centre.

Click here for a listing of Nutrition Resources for Elementary Schools and their link to the Ontario curriculum.


Creating a healthy school nutrition environment

School Nutrition Standards

Better Food to Buy - Perishables

Better Food to Buy - Non-Perishables

A compilation of foods and beverages that meet Ministry of Education School Food and Beverage Policy (P/PM 150) and the WCDSB Food and Nutrition Policy Nutrition Standards.

Dietitians of Canada Recipe Analyzer
This interactive online tool will make it easy to assess the nutritional value of your recipes to ensure they comply with school nutrition standards.

Nutrition for Learning - Nutrition Standards
These standards are used for the Nutrition for Learning Nutrition Programs in Waterloo Region and comply with the Ministry of Child and Youth Services Nutrition Guidelines, the Ministry of Education's School Food and Beverage Policy (P/PM 150) Nutrition Standards as well as the Waterloo Catholic District School Board Food and Nutrition Policies.

Nutrition Tools for Schools - Nutrition Standards 
These Nutrition Tools for Schools - Nutrition Standards are adapted from the Ministry of Education's School Food and Beverage Policy (P/PM 150). The P/PM 150 Nutrition Standards include nutrition criteria for three categories: Sell Most, Sell Less and Not Permitted.

The Nutrition Tools for Schools Standards include and additional category to identify food and beverages that meet and exceed the P/PM 150 nutrition standards and provide maximum nutritional value. The Waterloo Catholic District School Board (WCDSB) Food and Nutrition Elementary and Secondary Policies follow these nutrition standards.

School Nutrition Programs

Nutrition for Learning
This organization provides support for community based nutrition programs committed to improving the learning capacity, health and well being of children in Waterloo Region.

Nutrition Tools for Schools
This site offers healthy eating tips, tools and public health support to help Ontario schools create a healthy nutrition environment. Start the program in your school.

Food and Nutrition Policy Services

Setting clear food and nutrition policies helps guide the types of foods that are available or offered by the school. Nutrition staff are available to consult with schools about the development and review of school food and nutrition policies. Please see contact information at the bottom of the page.

Ministry of Education's School Food and Beverage Policy (P/PM 150) -
The nutrition standards apply to all food and beverages sold in all venues (e.g. cafeterias, vending machines, tuck shops), through all programs (e.g. catered lunch programs), and at all events (e.g. bake sales, sports events).

Ministry of Children and Youth Services Student Nutrition Program Guidelines -
These 2008 guidelines are intended to promote healthy eating by assisting Student Nutrition Program (SNP) providers in selecting nutritious foods for breakfasts, lunches and snacks. Ministry funded programs are required to follow these guidelines. - Temporarily unavailable - new guidelines to be
released in fall/winter 2016


School nutrition resources

Handouts for Teachers and Parents

Caffeine and Teens

Healthy School Snacks

Nutrition Resources for Elementary Schools

School Lunch Your Kids Will Munch

Sports Nutrition 
Find out how young athletes get enough fuel and nutrients for their sport and growth needs.

Sports Hydration
Find out how young athletes get enough fuel and nutrients for their sport and growth needs. 

Website Links

5 to 10 a day...For Better Health
Resources include Freggie's Eat Smart Nutrition Unit (Grade 3) and Farm to Market Teachers Resource.

Healthy Eating at School
School nutrition resources presented by British Columbia Dairy Foundation and Knowledge Network

Healthy Food for Healthy Schools Act
The Healthy Food for Healthy Schools Act was passed in April 2008. Starting September 1st, 2008, the legislation will require schools to drop trans fat from food and beverages sold in schools.

Ministry of Children and Youth Services Student Nutrition Program Guidelines
The Ministry of Children and Youth Services website provides background information regarding the creation of the Student Nutrition Program, the guidelines, FAQs, success stories and information on the Ontario Poverty Reduction Strategy.

Recommendations for Elementary Vending Machines
Based on a report from Dietitians of Canada, the Ministry of Education has issued direction concerning foods allowed in elementary school vending machines.

School Food and Beverage Policy P/PM 150 
The School Food and Beverage Policy (P/PM 150) website provides general information on the Ministry of Education's School Food and Beverage Policy including governing legislation, fact sheet and the creation of the policy. The website also provides tools to help understand and implement the policy such as online modules and menu creation tools.

Teach Nutrition
Teach Nutrition is a continuing education site for Preschool to Grade 10 teachers in Ontario.


School nutrition policy process evaluation

School Nutrition Policy Process Evaluation Report


For more information

For information and support resources to help make healthy changes in your school nutrition environment, call 519-575-4400.

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