To get us started thinking about healthy eating, I’d like you each to take a minute to think about your favourite food. Now pair up with a person next to you. Tell each other your favourite food and why you enjoy that particular food. Ask for a few examples. What did your partner say? Tastes good? Sweet? Salty? Some of our favourite foods are healthy choices, some are not. All foods can fit as part of healthy eating. The trouble is that sometimes we lose the balance and eat way more than we need of the less healthy choices and not enough of the “good stuff”. Then we miss out on the benefits of healthy eating. It’s not only what we eat, but also what we don’t eat that affects our health, ie. too much of some things like calories, sugar, salt and fat and not enough of other things like calcium and fibre. Get a sense as an overall group of how many think they get 60 minutes of physical activity every day? What do those people do? What could the others do to get more physical activity? In the next half hour or so, we will look at some of the issues related to living healthy in this province including: Why healthy eating matters? How we are doing in this province? New provincial school food guidelines – what will be in them? How can a school be more active? What do you think about the proposed directions? A chance to give your opinion, the opportunity that exists for schools to promote healthy eating.
Brainstorm: Why healthy eating matters for young people: helps you learn (concentrate, attend etc.) keeps you healthy promotes healthy weight helps prevents chronic disease dental health performance in sports etc.
NL has highest stats on overweight but not we’re not alone. Obesity has been called a global epidemic. Problems with overweight start early. A study last year by researchers at Memorial University found that 25% of preschoolers were already overweight. Chronic disease - According to the Canadian Cancer Society, 30 to 35% of all cancers can be prevented by eating well, being active and staying at a healthy weight. A high fat diet increases the risk of developing high cholesterol, a risk factor for heart disease (fatty streaks have been found in the arteries of young soldiers killed in combat). NL has one of the highest rates of heart disease in Canada. 1 in 4 women and 1 in 8 men over the age of 50 develop osteoporosis . The main prevention is good calcium intake and weight bearing exercise when you’re a teen and young adult. Type 2 diabetes has only been seen in children in recent years. Prevention is key. How are we doing in this province? Let’s look at a few slides to see. (5 minutes) Note:– don’t want to overemphasize weight The rate of obesity has increased in all provinces over the past 20 years. Show maps. The steady increase in the weight of the population is a signal that changes are needed in what we eat as a population and how active we are.
Are unhealthy eating practices and physical inactivity all in our individual control? Think about: (5 minutes) · Environment (in your own community) - is it easy to make healthy choices? Have students discuss each scenario as to whether it would be easy to make healthy choices of foods in each of these places. ·
Portion sizes (how they’ve changed) – (could also mention that soft drink consumption has increased a lot over the years and milk consumption has declined. p.119 Improving the Health of Canadians) And the industry is pushing food…super-sizing for only pennies more
Advertising (how we’re all influenced) – think about all the advertising that we’re exposed too from an early age. How much advertising is there for healthy food choices? It’s easy to get sucked in by advertising The industry tries to hook people early! (young)
. L otsLots of things are happening. People are starting to look at what is being offered in various settings and trying to make changes eg.the Boys and Girls Clubs in NL have declared themselves as “Junk-free zones”. Many schools are already making changes on their own.
Based on the premise that foods served or sold in school should make a positive contribution to students’ eating habits ie. belong to CFG. Schools teach about healthy eating. They should also model healthy eating by offering healthy food and beverage choices (often a contradiction at present) Guidelines include 2 categories of food: o Serve most o Serve moderately Does it mean that all foods not in the 4 food groups are “bad” and should never be eaten? No. Lots of other opportunities to enjoy them in moderation Let’s see what you think about some of the issues. (12 minutes) Everybody stand up. On one side of room you’ll see the sign “Strongly Agree”. On the other side “Strongly Disagree”. If you’re not sure or if you’re “on the fence” you can stand in the middle or somewhere in between. There is no absolute right or wrong. We are interested in your opinion. It is what you feel about each issue today. I’d ask you to listen to the following statement and think about whether you agree or disagree. Go where you think bests represents your view. (Do one or two depending on time) “ Schools shouldn’t sell soft drinks to any students from kindergarten to grade 12” “ The School Food Guidelines should apply to all school-related activities, on or off the school premises” “ Junior and senior high school students will eat healthy foods and beverages if they are readily available at school.” Thanks for your input. As you can see, a lot of this is not black and white. Later in the summit there will opportunities to talk about the barriers to healthy eating and how some schools have been working to overcome them. Each school needs to start where they are. Even small changes can make a big difference. Build on your successes.
64 percent of NL students are inactive – not active enough to realize health benefits)* Only 38 percent of girls and 48 per cent boys are considered active enough * * Stats Canada and the Canadian Fitness Lifestyle Research Institute – or CFLRI Regular exercise among youth declines as the grade of schooling increases (World Health Organization)
TV, computer, Nintendo/Playstation/X-box Inadequate access to quality physical education classes Lack of recreational facilities Lack of access to school buildings Inactive parents
What are the benefits of healthy
eating and active living?
Helps you learn
Keeps you healthy
esteem & self-
Did You Know?
Newfoundland and Labrador has the
highest rate of overweight and obesity
Poor eating habits and physical
inactivity contribute to many health
problems among adults
These health problems such as type 2
diabetes are now being seen in children
Think for a minute about the food:
– in grocery stores
– in corner stores
– in movie theatres
– at fast food restaurants
– at sports events
– at school
Change is happening at many
You can help create
a school environment that
supports healthy eating!
School Food Guidelines
Foods served or sold in school should
make a positive contribution to students’
Schools teach about healthy eating.
They should also model healthy eating.
Guidelines include 3 categories of food:
o Serve Most
o Serve Moderately
o Foods Not Included
• Choose whole grains more often
• Breads, cereals, pasta, rice, tortilla wraps,
• Serve Moderately: White based grains
Fruits and Vegetables
Fruit can also be:
• Canned in juice
• Dried fruit
• Sweetened fruits/juices
• French fries (once a week)
Meat and Alternatives
• Choose lean cuts of meat, fish, poultry and
dried beans and peas
• Use lower fat cooking methods
• Use in moderation any added fats such as
oil, gravy, cream sauces
• Salami, pepperoni, bologna, wieners, bacon,
chicken wings, or fried meats (once a week)
Foods Not Included
• Some foods provide very few nutrients
• Students can fill up on these foods and will not
have room for healthier foods
• Cookies, cakes, pies, donuts, chocolate bars
• Popsicles, Jello
• Potato chips
• Pop, fruit drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks
• Battered & fried products – nuggets, battered
& fried chicken pieces, onion rings
Do you get 60 minutes of
physical activity every day?
Encouraging Active Living
Intramurals & Informal activities
Access to school/community resources
after school hours
Activities in other classes
Healthy eating & active living matters
It’s not always easy to eat healthy in
There are opportunities to increase
physical activity within our school
We can all be agents of change
Let’s all work together to make the
healthy choice the easy choice for
What can you, as
students, do to support