Parkland School Division was awarded a Nutella Breakfast Table Fund award in January 2013 to help support the work being done through its Youth Resiliency Project. The Youth Resiliency Project aims to strengthen the health and wellness goals of each individual school by engaging students, parents, and a wellness team made up of diverse stakeholders.
This award will be distributed to three school sites, Stony Plain Central, Seba Beach, and Wabamun, whose wellness teams chose to focus this year’s action plan on improving their nutrition education and breakfast programming. Each school will be rolling out different education activities and purchasing equipment to help meet the breakfast needs of their student population.
The Nutella Breakfast Table Fund is committed to inspiring Canadians to eat breakfast everyday by supporting communities that share this vision. Parkland School Division looks forward to supporting this vision and student health and wellness through this award.
As Parkland School Division gears up for nutrition month in March, three schools will be participating in some fun taste-testing of fruits and vegetables each week thanks to Save-On-Foods, Servus Credit Union, and PHE Canada. These organizations have each played an important role in sponsoring the project for Wabamun, Parkland Village, and Millgrove students. Wabamun Health Champion Teryl Pidhaichuk shared that week one of the program was a huge success and students throughout the school enjoyed fresh pineapple, “I couldn’t believe how excited all of the students were when they saw the passports and the pineapple coming into their classes.”
At Parkland Village, Health Champion Jackie Fitzgerald shared that one student said, “I’ve never had pineapple,” before tasting it. After the student tried the fruit, he exclaimed “Oh, wait…I have tasted this on pizza before.”
Research indicates that many of our children are not accessing an adequate amount of fruits and vegetables each day. This program uses positive peer pressure and a passport to encourage students to take their learning home with them. If the students eat any of the fruits or vegetables inside of the passport at home, they can take the sticker from the produce item and place it into their passport. The project is being shared with students in Grades K-9 and will run for 12 weeks.
“The best part of the first week is that we had extra pineapples and were able to raffle them off to each class as a take-home prize for participating,” said Jackie Fitzgerald
Thank you to Spruce Grove Save-On-Foods for sponsoring the student passports and preparing the fruit boxes required to feed over 500 students each week.
Servus Credit Union and PHE Canada have each donated $1000 to schools to purchase the produce for this project.