Posts Tagged ‘nutrition’

When student nutrition and local food meet, the results are promising


By Grace Evans and Jeff Crump

Have you ever skipped breakfast or lunch during your work day and found yourself unable to concentrate? Or maybe you’ve made a bad food choice and find yourself jittery with caffeine or sugar? Perhaps you’re sluggish in the afternoon after eating a nutrient-deficient lunch or unable to resist the boardroom table proffering pastries and doughnuts.

Now imagine you are a child with a growing body and the demands of school work.

One-third of Canadian children and youth are overweight or obese and the rate of diabetes is on the rise. Whether the cupboards at home are fully stocked or not, children and adults have difficulty making decisions around nutritious meals.

Fortunately there are more than 150 breakfast, snack and lunch programs in Hamilton to help students “sprout healthy relationships with food.” Sadly, there are still 90 schools without the opportunity.

These programs are for all students. Regardless of socioeconomic status, or neighbourhood, or school, Tastebuds-supported breakfast, snack or lunch programs are universally accessible to all students.

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Article source:  The Hamilton Spectator

Egg-ucation enroute to Hamilton schools


By Jean-Anne Bauman, Community Development Worker

Have you ever wanted to go to a farm and check it out?   Hamilton schools that serve eggs as part of their Student Nutrition Program will have the farm come to them!


Mr. Weber, retired egg farmer

In partnership with the Egg Farmers of Ontario, the Egg Education Trailer will visit these egg-serving schools.  The trailer is a mobile exhibit that shows how eggs get from farm to table (complete with live hens and an egg sorter).  Participating classes spend about fifteen minutes at the egg trailer to learn about the process and different facts from Mr. Weber, trailer operator and retired egg farmer.

Kids get to see brown chickens laying brown eggs and white chickens laying white eggs and learn other interesting chicken and egg facts – like the nutritional difference between brown and white eggs, and here’s the answer:

Green Acres School and W.H. Ballard School are two places Mr. Weber and the Egg Education Trailer have been to so far.  Younger kids are tickled just seeing the hens and trying to guess the ingredients in the feed.     With older students, Mr. Weber tries to chat about information (and misinformation) that they may see in the media.   This has included hormones and antibiotics in feed (none in Canada) to how farmers’ management helps discourage “chicken bullying”.

Want to “virtually” go to the farm?   Check out the Egg Farmers of Ontario website, loaded with videos and facts on eggs (such as what determines the thickness of an eggshell), hens, farms and farmers, egg nutrition, and more!