Alberta Education cares about the health and wellbeing of students in Alberta schools.
In 2016-17, 14 school authorities across Alberta participated in a pilot school nutrition program. A summary of the 2016-17 pilot has been developed to highlight promising practices, innovative approaches and collaborative partnerships that have emerged. In Budget 2017, government continues its commitment to phase-in a targeted school nutrition program for elementary students in the province. $10 million is being allocated to the program in the 2017/18 school year as the program expands to all remaining school boards in the province.
Students in select schools will receive a daily nutritious meal that follows the Alberta Nutrition Guidelines for Children and Youth.
Funds for the program are being distributed directly to school boards to continue, establish or enhance existing nutrition programs in identified schools. While planning for innovation, sustainability and capacity building, school authorities will use this funding to support students with the greatest need.
There are many opportunities to address health, wellness and nutrition in Alberta’s curriculum. A key component of the program is to ensure students, teachers, parents, caregivers and community members have the opportunity to learn more about:
Healthy Schools encourage students to:
Health and Life Skills enables students to:
Career and Life Management program of studies helps students:
The Health, Recreation and Human Services cluster offers food and nutrition courses.