a week and sell these healthy snacks.”
Student-driven projects like these help
kids learn about healthy eating and gain
leadership and other skills.
Many schools in the APPLE program
work with their students to hold cooking
classes during or after school. Some
schools partner with local chefs who
come to the school once a month.
“We know that cooking classes make
a difference for kids because they start
to experiment and they understand food
choices because of the cooking,” says
Schwartz. “Some, like Brightview School
in Edmonton, have a cook-off once a
year where kids each make a dish that’s
big enough for all to sample and they
vote on which one of the two pastas, or
muffins they like best.”
When students learn healthy eating
habits at school, they take them home
and help their families eat better as well.
Whether it’s having an orange instead of
orange juice at breakfast, having water or
Grade 2 students at an Alberta
APPLE School say they:
• Eat healthier
•;Watch how much sugar they eat
• Love to try new activities
• Try to get their families active
• Can be active no matter what
• Love to try new food
• Take care of their bodies.
teachers and schools are backing them.
“There are thousands of students who
are leading as change agents,” says
Marg Schwartz, sustainability manager
with APPLE Schools, an initiative that
promotes healthy eating and living in
more than 60 schools across northern
Take the students offering fruit and
vegetables and other healthy snacks in
their schools. “They survey the kids in
their school and ask them to pick some
healthy choices,” Schwartz explains.
“They work with the school and help
buy all the materials, package them
Thousands of Alberta
for healthy eating
milk instead of pop at lunch and serving
baked potatoes instead of French fries at
dinner, they’re learning to eat healthier in
hundreds of easy ways.
“We want to make the healthy choice
the easy choice,” says Storey. |a