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 programwork with their students to hold cookingclasses during or after school. Someschools partner with local chefs whocome 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 AlbertaAPPLE 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 whatthe weather
• Love to try new food
• Take care of their bodies.
teachers and schools are backing them.“There are thousands of students whoare leading as change agents,” saysMarg Schwartz, sustainability managerwith APPLE Schools, an initiative thatpromotes healthy eating and living inmore than 60 schools across northernAlberta.
Take the students offering fruit andvegetables and other healthy snacks intheir schools. “They survey the kids intheir school and ask them to pick somehealthy choices,” Schwartz explains.“They work with the school and helpbuy all the materials, package them
Thousands of Alberta
for healthy eating
milk instead of pop at lunch and servingbaked potatoes instead of French fries atdinner, they’re learning to eat healthier inhundreds of easy ways.
“We want to make the healthy choicethe easy choice,” says Storey. |a