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Badge Checker

If your school or class has taken on nutrition projects this year, you may have fulfilled the requirements for earning some BrightBites badges already! Browse the badges below to find out if you can quickly claim any.

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A Taste of Nutrition

Campaign

Every year, Dietitians of Canada runs a campaign (in March) to spread the word to Canadians about eating well. Be creative and design your own campaign to celebrate Nutrition Month, in March or any time of year. Be sure to use credible sources of nutrition information to earn this badge!


Read more here about the badge: A Taste of Nutrition

Bright Idea

INNOVATION

Creativity is the act of coming up with a new idea, while innovation occurs when the idea is implemented. If you are ready to take a risk and turn a creative idea (that boosts school nutrition) into an innovation, then this badge is for you!


Read more here about the badge: Bright Idea

Cook It Up

PREPARING FOOD

Learning to prepare food helps students build their self-esteem, confidence and sense of achievement, while developing valuable life skills. These are all benefits which will contribute to positive mental health. Earn this badge by giving students (and others) the chance to learn and practice the skills involved in preparing tasty, nutritious foods.


Read more here about the badge: Cook It Up

First Bite

WELCOME TO BRIGHTBITES

Sometimes the biggest step of all is your first one! To celebrate the beginning of your BrightBites journey, you’ll receive the special First Bite badge just for joining.


Read more here about the badge: First Bite

Fresh It Up

CAFETERIA ENVIRONMENT

The school cafeteria should be a place where students want to go because it is a pleasant and safe environment where kids can eat, socialize and relax before and between classes. Improving the feel of the cafeteria so that it is inviting and comfortable encourages students to stay at school during their lunch break and access healthier foods from the cafeteria. Earn this badge by improving the cafeteria experience using the Tools and Helpful Links provided!


Read more here about the badge: Fresh It Up

Green Thumb

EDIBLE GARDENS

Growing food helps students learn where food comes from and may spark interest in eating vegetables, fruit and other nutritious plant foods. Outdoor school gardens have the added bonus of increasing physical activity and a sense of community. Plant any type of edible garden (indoor or outdoor) to earn this badge.


Read more here about the badge: Green Thumb

It’s an Honour

REWARDS AND INCENTIVES

Rewards are commonly used to recognize achievements and success and often involve foods and beverages that are high in sugar, fat, salt with few nutrients. This practice is tempting because it results in short-term success; however, it has consequences (see research). Earn this badge by rewarding achievement and success with positive statements, physical activity and non-food rewards.


Read more here about the badge: It’s an Honour

Menu Makeover

CATERED LUNCHES/OTHER CATERING

Improving the menu for food offered and sold to students and staff (e.g. catered lunches in elementary schools, graduation dinners, pizza parties, staff meetings, etc.) is a great way to boost student health, support learning, and reinforce classroom lessons. These meals can also be used to celebrate food cultures, develop taste buds, and learn new food skills. Earn this badge by improving the catered food menu(s) using the Tools and Helpful Links provided!


Read more here about the badge: Menu Makeover

Pack It Up

SCHOOL LUNCHES AND SNACKS

Packing lunches is a common topic of conversation during the school year amongst parents, teachers and students. Wholesome, nutritious food and beverages keep students energized to learn and be at their best during the school day; however, this is not the reality for everyone. Help improve the quality of student (and staff) lunches and encourage an enjoyable and relaxing lunch break to earn this badge!


Read more here about the badge: Pack It Up

Paint Your Plate

WITH VEGETABLES AND FRUIT

By learning to love veggies and fruit at a young age, kids will learn a life-long habit that can help lower their risk of developing heart disease, high blood pressure and some cancers later in life. To earn this badge, find ways to promote, highlight and/or serve vegetables and fruit at school, and help students, teachers, parents and others paint their plates with yummy, veggies and fruit every day!


Read more here about the badge: Paint Your Plate

Reason to Celebrate

Celebrations

Celebrations like birthdays, holidays and end-of-year parties often involve foods and drinks that are high in sugar, fat, salt with few nutrients. Tying less nutritious food to celebrations sends the message that fun and ‘treats’ go together. This can lead to eating more of these foods (and fewer nutritious foods) in an attempt to be happy. Improving the quality of food (or removing food), helps prevent this from happening, puts the focus on the real reason for the celebration, and is how to earn this badge!


Read more here about the badge: Reason to Celebrate

Rise and Shine

STUDENT NUTRITION PROGRAM

Student Nutrition Programs (SNPs) are a great way to provide students with nutritious food to fuel their minds and bodies, but you can take it one step further! Involve students in all aspects of the program and help others learn about what the SNP has to offer. Earn this badge by making the SNP the best it can using the Tools and Helpful Links provided.


Read more here about the badge: Rise and Shine

Show Me the Money

FUNDRAISING

Schools are often on the look-out for creative ways to make money; however, selling chocolate bars, cookie dough, candy, etc. sends the wrong message to students. Believe it or not, schools can earn money and send consistent, positive health messages, support classroom lessons and promote health to students and their families. Earn this badge by switching to non-food or nutritious food only fundraisers!


Read more here about the badge: Show Me the Money

Sip Smart!™ Ontario

CLASSROOM EDUCATION PROGRAM

Sip Smart!™ Ontario is a licensed classroom educational program that helps teach children in grades 3 to 7 about sugary drinks and about making healthy drink choices. Teachers can use Sip Smart!™ Ontario lessons to meet expectations in the Ontario Ministry of Education’s Health and Physical Education Curriculum. Healthy school committees and school councils can use Sip Smart!™ Ontario to promote healthy drink choices throughout their school and at school events. Earn this badge by educating children and taking action to reduce children’s intake of sugary drinks.


Read more here about the badge: Sip Smart!™ Ontario

The Big Day

SPECIAL EVENTS

Food is often the centre of school meetings and events, but do the food and beverages offered show a commitment to eating well? Is food even necessary? Serving tasty and nutritious food and beverages at meetings and events (when necessary) is a great way to ‘walk the talk’. Earn this badge by improving the menu at your meeting(s) or event(s) or opting not to include food.


Read more here about the badge: The Big Day

Water Works

WATER PROMOTION

Providing and promoting water, especially in place of sugar-sweetened beverages, can help prevent dental cavities, promote overall health, and help students and staff feel better throughout the day. Earn this badge by promoting water as the beverage of choice at school.


Read more here about the badge: Water Works

Zesty Lessons

TEACHING

As a teacher, you may teach students about healthy eating through the Ontario Health and Physical Education curriculum, however, there are many other opportunities to help students learn and adopt healthy eating behaviours. “It is important for teachers to establish a healthy eating environment in the classroom by ensuring that the topics taught, approaches taken and environments, in which students learn, are supportive of healthy eating“. (Ontario Ministry of Education, Elementary Teacher Resource Guide, Secondary Teacher Resource Guide). To earn this badge, highlight healthy eating/nutrition in your classroom using the Tools and Helpful Links provided.


Read more here about the badge: Zesty Lessons