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Rise and Shine

STUDENT NUTRITION PROGRAM

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Getting Started

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.

Steps To Earn This Badge

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Step 1 - Ask the students

Chat with parents, teachers, school staff and others about your SNP. Do they have a good understanding of what it is? Do they have questions? Help answer questions and increase understanding using the Helpful Links and Tools for this badge.

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Step 2 - Start a conversation

Chat with parents, teachers, school staff and others about your SNP. Do they have a good understanding of what it is? Do they have questions? Help answer questions and increase understanding using the Helpful Links and Tools for this badge

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Step 3 - Do a Nutrition Checkup

Use the Tips for SNPs (see Tools) to get new ideas to have the best and brightest Student Nutrition Program possible! These tips must be followed to earn this badge.

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Step 4 - Make it fun

Get everyone excited about making your SNP the best it can be! Choose at least one fun suggestion below or come up with your own creative idea!

Badge Inspiration

  • Innovative and inspirational ideas submitted from schools across the province!
  • Have students come up with some different smoothie or wrap combinations and have a taste test to decide which ones will be on the menu
  • Ask students to help prepare and serve on occasion
  • Invite parents/guardians/community members to visit or volunteer
  • Celebrate birthdays in the school by allowing kids to help prepare the snack for their class
  • Use a suggestion box to let students write down their favourite healthy menu ideas and trial their ideas periodically
  • Introduce New Food Friday’s and let students try something they haven’t had before, like mango, pomegranate, tzatziki or lentils!
  • Have students develop and read weekly school morning announcements or nutrition tid-bits about the snack or breakfast that day. You might also let students know where the food has come from that day!
  • Trouble getting students to join in? Have students make up posters and promote the SNP by making a funny video or skit to feature at the next school assembly
  • Set up a SNP Student Advisory Committee – let students help plan the menu, review the budget, help with food preparation and promote the program to their peers
  • Try new ‘fun’ non-food fundraisers to raise money to buy fruits and veggies (e.g. dance-a-thon, dress as your favourite veggie day, or sell holiday flowers)
  • Hold a Mother’s Day or Father’s Day breakfast to let moms and dads come to the breakfast program and see what it’s about – you might get new volunteers too!