School Lunch Time Frame

Resolution Number: 

2017-04
Resolution

WHEREAS    according to Statistics Canada, in 2011i, approximately one third of Canadian children between the ages of 5 and 17 were obese and given the amount of time children spend in school, we must recognize the school setting is one that significantly influences students’ food choices and intakes and, consequently, affects their overall health and weight, and

WHEREAS    healthy food choices and practices have been linked with learning readiness and academic success, as well as fewer discipline and emotional problems ii, and

WHEREAS    a study out of Harvard iii found that when children had a school lunch period of less than 20 minutes, they consumed less of their entrees, vegetables and milk, and they were less likely to choose a fruit to go with their meal, and

WHEREAS    the PEI Public Schools Branch states in their School Nutrition Policy  2.4.1 a) Schools SHALL allow a minimum of 20 minutes for students to eat lunch iv.  (Note: This should not include time to stand in line, travel to lunch areas, or prepare foods), and

WHEREAS    the PEI Public Schools Branch also states in their School Nutrition Policy:

2.4.1 b) In the elementary setting, encourage that foods are eaten after outside play, whenever possible and

2.4.1 c) Assure that lunch is eaten in a calm positive environment iv;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the PEI Home and School Federation requests the Public Schools Branch to strictly enforce its policy of a minimum 20-minute school lunch eating time for all students, keeping in mind that this is eating time only; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the PEI Home and School Federation requests the Public Schools Branch to ensure that elementary students will eat their lunch after outside play, whenever possible, in a calm and positive environment to facilitate healthy eating in a relaxed atmosphere that is not distracted and hurried.

Consideration

Status: 

Passed
Saturday, April 8, 2017

Destination: 

Department of Education, Early Learning and Culture
Department of Health and Wellness
English Language School Board
Health PEI