Click here to view a video message from Wellington Heights Secondary School teacher, Matt Timberlake, as he tells us how the Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington’s Student Nutrition Program has positively impacted the students at his school.
Using the findings of the Toronto District School Board’s (TDSB) 2011 Student & Parent Census for Grades 7-8 and Grades 9-12, the Fact Sheet examines the relationship between eating habits and nutrition as well as student and family demographic factors including: gender, ethno-racial background, sexual orientation, socio-economic status (SES), parental presence, and parental place of birth.
Download the fact sheet here: Census Fact Sheet – Eating Habits & Nutrition (PDF).
Egg farmers of Ontario have partnered up with local student nutrition programs in a new three-year provincial commitment of $150,000 to the Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington Food and Friends Program.
A new study conducted of 5,000 9 to 11 year-olds demonstrates significant positive associations between breakfast consumption and education outcomes. The research found that the odds of an above average Teacher Assessment score were up to twice as high for pupils who ate breakfast, compared to those who did not.
Read the full article here.
Access the full report here: Association between consumption and educational outcomes in 9-11 year old children (PDF)
Canada is the only G8 country without a national program
OTTAWA, Aug. 27, 2013 /CNW/ – All schools in all provinces and territories should provide meal programs to help their students alleviate hunger and poor nutrition and to support their performance at school, The Conference Board of Canada recommends in a new report from its Centre for Food in Canada.
Children and youth are over-represented among the almost two million individuals in Canada that suffer from “food insecurity” – a situation in which nutritious food is sometimes or always unavailable or unaffordable.
“As students head back to school this fall, only some will have the benefit of good meal programs operating across the country. Canada is the only G8 country without a national school-based feeding program,” said Alison Howard, Principal Research Associate, and co-author of Enough for All: Household Food Security in Canada.
“Children that lack proper diets are less able to concentrate and perform well at school, which makes it more difficult to learn the skills they will need as adults. Ensuring that all children and youth have access to sufficient, safe and nutritious foods for their everyday activities are critical for a vulnerable population.”
Access the full report here: Enough for All: Household Food Security in Canada (PDF).
Poverty kills. That’s the key message in What Makes Us Sick, a report released today by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) based on what Canadians said during a series of town hall meetings and an online consultation held earlier this year. The national dialogue with Canadians asked them about their experiences with the social determinants of health – the factors that cause people to suffer poor health in the first place.
The national dialogue was part of the CMA’s ongoing efforts in advocating for Health Care Transformation, a broad-ranging initiative to modernize and improve Canada’s health care system. The town halls took place in Calgary, Winnipeg, Hamilton, Montreal, Charlottetown and St. John’s. Maclean’s, CPAC and L’actualité were partners with the CMA in the undertaking.
Among the CMA’s recomendations from the report: “That a national food security program be established to ensure equitable access to safe and nutritious food for all Canadians regardless of neighbourhood or income”.
Read the full report here (PDF).
A new study implies that if we diminish the size of childrens’ plates and bowls and encourage them to eat smaller meals throughout the day as opposed to three big ones, this may keep off extra pounds.
Read more on the study: Dish size, meal frequency may affect kids’ weight, studies find (Toronto Star article, PDF).
This social impact analysis was conducted by Deloitte to help Share Our Strength achieve its goal of ending childhood hunger in the USA. Share Our Strength is a Washington, D.C. based non-profit organization with a campaign called No Kid Hungry®. The campaign connects children in need with healthy food and teaches families how to cook affordable, nutitrious meals.
Click here to read the full analysis: Ending Childhood Hunger (PDF).