Our school participated in the Healthy Lunch Challenge in January. The students created a handout on packed lunches that reflect their likes, dislikes and cultural preferences. We also run a Litterless Lunch competition between classrooms. This is an ongoing program. Our Junior/Intermediate students were challenged to pack their own school lunches. We encouraged our youngest students and their parents to work together every day for a week in preparing a healthy lunch. Students learned the value of preparing their own lunches as well as snacks. They enjoyed sharing their cultural food likes and dislikes. The most positive outcome was seeing the students be proud of their healthy choices and cultural foods. The “heroes” of this challenge were all of the kids and parents who took the time and initiative to support our Living School Team.
The students were every excited to show and share their healthy snacks. Many of them were able to identify which food group(s) the item(s) were from. The most valuable part of this campaign was seeing the students changing their eating habits as the week progressed. We ran this challenge the week of Halloween and managed to keep the candy consumption to a minimum.
Our “heroes” were our Living School student leaders!