Resolutions

Provincial School Food Strategy

WHEREAS    the Prince Edward Island Home and School Federation passed a resolution in 2015 calling for a universal provincial school food program, and

WHEREAS    Public Schools Branch schools are required to follow the School Nutrition Policyi,iideveloped by the Prince Edward Island Healthy Eating Alliance, and

WHEREAS    the food being served currently in Island schools does not follow the Public Schools Branch School Nutrition Policy, and

School Lunch Time Frame

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

School Healthy Snack Time

WHEREAS    we know that making time for physical activity and nutrition in school does not detract from academics; it’s an investment in higher academic performance, with studies showing that healthy kids get better grades, attend school more often and behave better in class, and

WHEREAS    research on properly fueling your body supports the concept of consuming frequent healthy meals and snacks and drinking lots of water, five to seven times per day, as the best way to enhance cognitive performance and keep blood sugar levels constant, and

School Counseling Services

WHEREAS according to the Canadian Mental Health Association, 70% of adults with mental illness report that their symptoms first appeared in childhood and adolescence, and an estimated 10-20% of Canadian youth are affected by mental illness or disorders; and

WHEREAS    the most common mental health disorders affecting children - anxiety and depression, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and eating disorders - affect students’ quality of life and the ability to benefit from their school experience; and

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