Healthy children learn better
Good food, daily physical activity and a healthy environment that supports learning and growth are vital to help children reach their full potential.
That's why we're working with school boards, students, teachers, principals, education support workers, parents and community partners to make Ontario's schools healthier. Here's what's going on:
- Over the last two years, over 1,700 schools have pledged to undertake more than 4,600 healthy activities through the Healthy Schools Recognition Program.
- Twenty minutes of daily physical activity is one part of the elementary health and physical education curriculum.
- Healthier food and beverages are now available in schools. The Healthy Food for Healthy Schools Act, passed in April 2008, requires that schools drop trans fat from food and beverages sold in school cafeterias, vending machines and tuck shops.
- Sabrina's Law ensures all school boards have policies or procedures in place to address anaphylaxis in schools; this includes providing instruction to staff and guidance on the administration of medication.
- School boards, schools and community partners are working together to reduce bullying in schools.
Learn what steps are being taken to make your children's school a healthier place. Visit Healthy Schools.