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It’s an Honour

REWARDS AND INCENTIVES

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Getting Started

Rewards are commonly used to recognize achievements and success and often involve foods and beverages that are high in sugar, saturated fat, and 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.

Steps To Earn This Badge

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Step 1 - Ask the Students

Talk to students about what motivates them to succeed. When is a reward a good idea? What type of rewards appeal to them? If they suggest food rewards, explain why these are not a good idea. Ask students to find ways to recognize the efforts of others.

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Step 2 - Start a Conversation

Share with other educators what motivates your students and what non-food rewards appeal to them. Ask adults the same questions. Talk about the issues with using food as a reward. Make the case for not using food as a reward (for children or adults) using the Learn More resources for this badge.

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Step 3 - Do a Nutrition Checkup

Review Rethinking Rewards (see Learn More) and make the commitment to use non-food rewards to recognize success and achievements of others. This is an important step to earning this badge!

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Step 4 - Make it Fun

Now that you have made the commitment to use non-food rewards and incentives, it’s time to have some fun! Choose at least one of the activities below to get everyone excited about the new and improved rewards, or come up with your own creative idea(s).

Badge Inspiration

  • Innovative and inspirational ideas submitted from schools across the province!
  • Have a contest to come up with the most creative ways to reward (and recognize) others
  • Have an assembly to celebrate student success
  • Dedicate a bulletin board to celebrate various student achievements in the school throughout the year
  • Use the school’s website, social media and school newsletter to highlight achievements and successes (students and staff)