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Elwin_LeRouxHRSB_OcialMarch2015SuperintendentstotheHalifaxRegionalSchoolBoardProvidingahighqualityeducationforeverystudenteverydayGoodFridaynoclassesEasterMondaynoclassesP-9ReportCardsGoHomeSchool-BasedPDDaya.m.ParentTeacherInterviewsp.m.noclasseswww.hrsb.ca33SpectacleLakeDriveDartmouthNSB3B1X7902.464.2000ViewtheHRSBcalendaronlineApril32015April62015April9-132015April222015ImportantDatesGiveapersonashtheylleatforaday.Teachapersontoshtheylleatforalifetime.MarchisNutritionMonthamonthwhereschoolstraditionallyfocusonteachingstudentsabouthealthyfoodshealthyeatinghabitsandgoodnutrition.Inthepasteducationaboutfoodandnutritioninschoolswasmostlycontainedtoahealthclassorafamilystudiesclass.DuringmyvisitstoschoolsIseemanyinnovativeexamplesofhowteachersareincorporatingfoodliteracyintovarioussubjectareas.InotherwordstheyreusinghealthyfoodasameanstoteachmathliteracytechnologyskillsandevenartSowhatexactlyisfoodliteracyCheckoutthisshortvideofromNourishNovaScotia.Foodliteracyistheunderstandingofhowourfoodchoicesimpactourhealththeenvironmentthecommunityandtheeconomy.Foodliteracyisaboutlearningtocookandpreparenutritiousmeals.Foodliteracyistheunderstandingthatbuyinglocally-sourcedproduceisthebetterchoicenotonlybecauseithasnttraveledfromafarbutbecauseitsupportsthecommunityfarmerandthelocaleconomy.Likelearningtoreadorsolvemathproblemsfoodliteracyisaskillthatneedstobetaughtfromayoungage.Childrenandyouthwhoarefoodliteratearemorelikelytogoontobehealthieradultsbecausetheyhavetheknowledgehabitsandessentiallifeskillsthatwillenablethemtomakehealthyfoodchoicesthroughouttheirlives.Foodismorethanjustfeedingkids.Itsaboutfuelingtheirminds.Thinkofitthiswaystudentswhoarefoodliterateknowhowtoshastheoldsayinggoes.AgreatexampleoffoodliteracyprogrammingintheHalifaxRegionalSchoolBoardistheedibleschoolgardenprogram.Ourschoolnutritionistsupportsgardenprogramswithgrantsprofessionaldevelopmentandcurriculumresourcesforelementaryjuniorandseniorhighschools.Currentlytherearemorethan25ediblegardensatHRSBschoolswithmoreexpectedthisyear.Eachgardenisuniqueandreectsthediversityoftheschoolcommunity.TherearefruitandvegetablegardenssunowergardenssalsagardensherbgardenssoupgardenspumpkinpatchesandmoreOutdoorschoolgardensgivestudentsthehands-onopportunitytoplantseedsandwatchthemgrowintofruitandvegetablesthattheycaneatandenjoy.Manyschoolsuseharvesttimetocreateaschool-widemealtocelebratethesuccessoftheirgardenaswellastheirgrowingknowledgeoflocalfood.Schoolgardensalignwithandenrichcurriculumoutcomesformathlanguageartssciencesocialstudiesphysicaleducationfamilystudieshealthylivingandart.AtthesametimestudentsaremorelikelytoexpandtheirpalatesandtrythefruitsandvegetablesoftheirlabourResearchalsoindicatesthatschoolfoodgardenscontributetoincreasedstudentachievementengagementandself-condence.Thereissomethingtobesaidforallowingachildtocareforandnurturethegrowthofaplant.Weknowthathealthnutritionandlearningarelinked.HealthynourishedstudentswhofeelsafeatschoolarebetterabletolearnperformacademicallyandattendschoolmoreregularlyaccordingtotheCanadianInstituteforHealthInformation.Thatswhyasasocietyrightdowntotheschoolsettingitsimportanttomakethehealthychoicetheeasychoice.InthisreportyouwillseeexamplesofhowschoolsareincorporatingfoodliteracyintotheircurriculumtoteachotheroutcomesnotjustduringNutritionMonthbutallyearround.TolearnmoreaboutfoodliteracyandotherhealthinitiativesinHRSBfollowHRSBhealthpromoonTwitter.Letstalkabout...FoodLiteracy