Curriculum supports

Use evidence-based resources and teaching materials

  • Refer to the side menu for grade specific guidance and resources developed for Bright Bites by public health dietitians in consultation with other educators and experts.
  • We offer an interpretation of the curriculum that uses a food neutral and inclusive approach to help students develop a positive relationship with food and their bodies. The way educators talk and teach about food and bodies can have a big impact on students. To learn more about a food neutral approach, review our Guiding Principles.
  • Use Canadian resources as much as possible including Canada’s food guide, and the healthy eating recommendations.  (Note that Canada’s food guide outlines one way of eating based on Western foodways and therefore should not be the only lens through which food education is provided to students.)
  • Remember that healthy eating means something different to everyone. We encourage choosing foods for enjoyment, preferences, culture, traditions, celebrations, health, and budget. 
  • Educators should be aware that food guide messages and other related resources may not be appropriate for all students including those who are neurodivergent and/or have health, sensory or other exceptional needs that impact their relationship with food and eating. SMHO Resource on Mental Health Promotion at Schools: Classroom Considerations – Supporting Mental Wellness Amongst Students with Special Education Needs offers tips that can be applied to support learning about food and eating at school.