Reason to Celebrate
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!
Talk to students about the celebrations that happen at school. Ask them what they like about them and how they can be improved. Find out what they think about the food and beverages offered. Is it necessary to offer food and beverages? Could the choices be improved?
Talk to school council, students and staff about what they like about school/classroom celebrations and how they can be improved. Discuss why it is a good idea to make changes and brainstorm ideas at a staff meeting, school council or parent-teacher events (see Helpful Links).
If you decide that food is necessary at celebrations, use the Tips for Celebrations (see Tools) to make the menu more nutritious (e.g. serve fruit and/or veggies at all celebrations). These tips must be followed to earn this badge!
Now that you have made improvements to your celebration(s), it’s time to have some fun! Choose at least one of the activities below to get everyone excited about the new and improved celebrations, or come up with your own fun idea!