Northern Fruits and Vegetable Program Supplementary Resources

Healthy Eating Websites

  1. Vegetable and Fruit Action Guide for Schools - Paint Your Plate! Create a Masterpiece.

Paint Your Plate (English)

This guide contains practical information and resources to help schools increase the amount of vegetables and fruit that students eat at school and at home. The guide is divided into three main sections that provide advice on how to promote vegetable and fruit consumption in the classroom, in the school and in the home. Curriculum-matched lessons for kindergarten to grade 8 students, fun and healthy recipes as well as PA announcements are just some of the useful tools that can be used to encourage a healthy school nutrition environment.

 

  1. FreggieTM

Freggie Tales

The Freggie™ Children’s Program, developed by the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA), encourages consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables for better overall health. Program elements are designed to help children understand the benefits of making healthy food choices that include fresh vegetables and fruit. Schools can download the Freggie™ In-School Program in a ready-to-implement kit that will complement your school’s healthy living initiatives and Ministry health guidelines, including Ontario’s PPM 150.

In addition to parent and teacher resources, CPMA’s Freggie™ program includes activities for children such as an interactive Write to Freggie™ program, Freggie Tales™ Adventures, games, jokes, recipes and more at Freggie Tales.

 

  1. BrightBites

Bright Bites

BrightBites is a new recognition program which aims to help shift the culture of the school environment to one that values and enjoys eating well. It encourages teachers, staff, coaches, parents and others from the school community to bring back the joy of eating well at school, and then get recognized for their efforts. The website walks users through a bite-by-bite process to earn badges for making efforts to improve the school nutrition environment. The website offers simple ways to make small changes, recognizing that children, as well as adults enjoy nutritious food that looks appealing and tastes good, and that doesn’t come in a box. Earned badges can be shared on social media, and will earn the deserving school, class or group points in the hall of fame for everyone to see. It will be available in both English and French.

 

  1. Ontario Physical Health & Education Association

OPHEA Lesson Plans

The OPHEA H&PE Curriculum resource for Grades 1-8 are available online to educators in both French and English through a password-protected site. You can receive your password by calling your school board office. They have ready-to-use lesson plans per grade, student templates and assessment tools.

 

Physical Activity Websites

  1. Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines – Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology

CSEP guidelines

This resource outlines the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines and Canadian Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines for the Early Years (0 to 4 years), for Children (5 to 11 years), for Youth (12-17 years) and for adults. Additional resources and information sheets are also available for download.

 

  1. Ontario Physical Health & Education Association

OPHEA lesson plans

The Ophea H&PE Curriculum resources for Grades 1-8 are available online to educators in both French and English through a password-protected site. You can receive your password by calling your school board office. They have ready-to-use lesson plans per grade, student templates and assessment tools.

 

  1. Physical and Health Education Canada

PHE Canada

Physical and Health Education Canada advocates for, and advances quality physical and health education programs offered in “Health Promoting Schools”. Support is available through a range of programs, resources and initiatives to enable students to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to lead physically active and healthy lives, now and in their future. Physical and Health Education Canada has also created many useful tools and resources to assist teachers, coaches and parents with the development of physical literacy and overall health in children.

 

  1. Active for Life

Active for Life

This organization is all about ensuring that Canadians have access to sport and physical activity programming right from childhood. The focus is set on helping youth develop basic movement and sport skills. A series of parent messages and educator lesson plans are available to assist with teaching fundamental movement skills to children ages 0-12. Activities promote physical literacy by including fun games that develop skills in running, jumping, throwing, catching, kicking, hopping, and more.

 

For Further Information

Contact the Northern Fruits & Vegetable Program Coordinator at (807) 625-5900

Last Updated: 10/04/2019