Healthy eating school campaign kicks off

A national school campaign that kicked off with junior chefs competing in a culinary cook-off is designed to give kids an appetite for healthy eating.

From organizing a class trip to examine nutritious food options at the grocery store to sharing healthy snack options with friends, WE Eat Well gives students tools to help them discover the benefits of healthy eating, explore nutritious alternatives and share their learning with friends, family and their school.

As part of the campaign kick-off, three teams of five junior chefs shopped for ingredients, sliced, mixed and prepared a healthy breakfast dish for judging. Scored based on taste, nutrition and teamwork, a team of judges crowned George Kennedy Public School at Georgetown the winner.

Judges included internationally-renowned activist and WE co-founder Marc Kielburger. WE Eat Well is part of WE Schools, WE’s free domestic service-learning program. Judges also included several representatives from PC Children’s Charity, which, in 2017, committed $150 million over 10 years to tackle childhood hunger.

WE Eat Well, WE and PC Children’s Charity created Healthy Food for Healthy Bodies, a classroom resource that provides educators with provincial-approved curriculum framework to integrate nutrition-focused activities into everyday lesson plans. Available in both English and French, the resource is available for classes from Kindergarten to Grade 8. Learn more at WE.org/weeatwell.

Photo courtesy of WE Eat Well.

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