March is Nutrition Month

March 3, 2016 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Submitted by Judy A, one of our fabulous reference librarians: 

March is Nutrition Month and the Canadian Senate has just released a report entitled Obesity in Canada: A Whole-of-Society Approach for a Healthier Canada. In this report the senate committee warns that the rate of obesity in Canada is rising at an alarming rate. Canadians are consuming a diet high in processed foods and that, combined with insufficient exercise, is leading to increased rates of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. The report calls for a national campaign to combat obesity and makes 21 recommendations including:

  • a tax on sweetened drinks,
  • ban the advertisement of food and drink to children
  • revise Canada’s Food Guide
  • make nutritional information on food labels easier to understand
  • teach and practice active living in schools

To celebrate Nutrition Month in your classroom, check out these resources:

Professional Library Books: TDSB teachers can borrow books by contacting the library at (416) 395-8289 or or by reserving the books in the catalogue (remember to login before you click on reserve).

Chancellor, D. (2010). Healthy eating. Crabtree Pub.

Cheung, L., et al. (2016). Eat well & keep moving: An interdisciplinary elementary curriculum for nutrition and physical activity. Human Kinetics.

Economos, C.  (2014). The healthy eating and active time club curriculum: Teaching children to live well. Human Kinetics.

Evers, C. L. (2012). How to teach nutrition to kids. 4th ed. 24 Carrot Press.

Giddens, S., & Giddens, O. (2008). Making smart choices about food, nutrition, and lifestyle. Rosen Pub.

Kalich, K., Bauer, D., & McPartlin, D. (2009). Early sprouts: Cultivating healthy food choices in young children. Redleaf Press.

Kerr, J. (2010). Diet and obesity. Sea-to-Sea Publications.

Some Internet Resources:

Dieticians of Canada. Nutrition Month March 2016

Health Canada.

Eat Right Ontario. Bake It Up!: Tasty treats for healthier school bake sales.

Ontario Ministry of Education. Healthy Schools. Healthy Food for Healthy Schools.

Judy A.


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