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Northern Fruit & Vegetable Program

 

The Northern Fruit and Vegetable Program is a unique program in Ontario that provides 2 servings of vegetables and/or fruit per week to students to try with their peers (JK to Grade 8). 

The main goal of the program is to increase the consumption of fruit and vegetables among school children, and to promote the benefits of healthy eating and physical activity to children and their families. 

From January to June, participating schools receive weekly deliveries of fruit and vegetables from the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association. The program also provides schools with educational materials for use in the class and school and at home to assist our communities in building healthy habits.

The program is fully funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), and is run in partnership with the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association (OFVGA), local Public Health Units and School Boards. 

For more information on the program including evaluation, contact the Timiskaming Health Unit School Team. 

Sample Menu and Serving Sizes

NFVP Resources for Schools and Parents

Northern Fruit and Vegetable Program Supplementary Resources

Healthy Eating

BrightBites™ https://brightbites.ca/
BrightBites™ is a program developed by Public Health Dietitians in Ontario. Schools register for an account and earn digital badges that focus on different topics related to improving the school food environment (e.g., school fundraising, food literacy, food served at special events). The idea is that “bite-sized” efforts can build momentum and lead to long-term results in improving school nutrition. 

FreggieTM http://www.freggietales.ca/htmlPages/parentsTeachers.html
The Freggie™ Children’s Program, developed by the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA), encourages consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables for better overall health. Program elements are designed to help children understand the benefits of making healthy food choices that include fresh vegetables and fruit. Schools can download the Freggie™ In-School Program in a ready-to-implement kit that will complement your school’s healthy living initiatives including Ontario’s PPM 150. The Freggie™ program also includes activities for children such as an interactive Write to Freggie™ program, Freggie Tales™ adventures, games, jokes, recipes and more at http://www.freggietales.ca/

Ontario Physical Health & Education Association http://teachingtools.ophea.net/lesson-plans/hpe/school-board-login
The Ophea H&PE Curriculum resource for Grades 1-8 are available online to educators in both French and English through a password-protected site. You can receive your password by calling your school board office. They have ready-to-use lesson plans per grade, student templates and assessment tools. Or call the Timiskaming Health Unit.

Foodland Ontario: Kids Corner https://www.ontario.ca/foodland/page/kids-corner
Interactive play board for kids with fun food facts, brainteasers and recipes.

Veggie Mania http://www.freshvegetablesontario.com/index.php?action=display&cat=12
The Fresh Vegetable Growers of Ontario have an interactive site for kids along with activities, games and information to incorporate into lesson plans.

Canada’s Food Guide https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/canada-food-guides.html
Learn about Canada's food guides and how they can help you make healthy food choices. Also access history, labelling, advertising and copyright information for our guides. Includes Canada's Food Guide tailored to reflect traditions and food choices of First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities. In addition, links to educator’s toolkit, meal planning tools and mobile app.

 

Physical Activity

Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines – Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology www.csep.ca/guidelines
This resource outlines the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines and Canadian Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines for the Early Years (0 to 4 years), for Children (5 to 11 years), for Youth (12-17years) and for adults. Additional resources and information sheets are also available for download.

ParticipACTION www.participaction.com
ParticipACTION aims to inspire Canadians to move more and to make it easier to do so. Their website provides a number of resources including campaign information, programs and initiatives, press releases, e-newsletters and webinars. Activity plans, sedentary guidelines and the Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth are also available.

Ontario Physical Health & Education Association http://teachingtools.ophea.net/lesson-plans/hpe/school-board-login
The Ophea H&PE Curriculum resources for Grades 1-8 are available online to educators in both French and English through a password-protected site. You can receive your password by calling your school board office. They have ready-to-use lesson plans per grade, student templates and assessment tools. Or call the Timiskaming Health Unit.

Physical and Health Education Canada www.phecanada.ca
Physical and Health Education Canada advocates for, and advances quality physical and health education programs offered in “Health Promoting Schools”. Support is available through a range of programs, resources and initiatives to enable students to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to lead physically active and healthy lives, now and in their future. Physical and Health Education Canada has also created many useful tools and resources to assist teachers, coaches and parents with the development of physical literacy and overall health in children. 
http://www.phecanada.ca/programs/physical-literacy/information-parents/what-you-need-know

Active for Life https://activeforlife.com/
Activities promote physical literacy by including fun games that develop skills in running, jumping, throwing, catching, kicking, hopping, and more.

A series educator lesson plans are available to assist with teaching fundamental movement skills to children ages 0-12. 

Resources for parents 

Printable recipe for an active day, tracking sheet/activity log

Tracking sheet 

Parent Newsletters  

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