Child care plays a key role in creating healthy environments where children learn and thrive. The Child Care Healthy Eating and Active Living Guidelines provide you with evidence- based standards to promote healthy eating and active living environments for young children. The Child Care Healthy Eating and Active Living Guidelines training and accompanying resources provide information and ideas to put the Guidelines into action.
The Healthy Beginnings 2-5 program targets four key areas for preschooler health. Our model addresses Guidelines, Practices, Environment and Family.
The Saskatchewan Knowledge to Action Network for Early Childhood Development (kidSKAN) is a provincial community of practice of researchers, practitioners and policy makers in academia, government and the community who have an interest in early childhood development in Saskatchewan. Check out their site for more information, and to stay up-to-date on news and events.
Aboriginal Health Resources
Resources adapted to Aboriginal context. Available materials range from fact sheets, brochures, decals, posters, and DVDs to program planning guides and reports.
Healthy eating is important to good health. Nutritious foods nourish your body and give you energy to lead a healthy, active lifestyle. Eating the right foods can also help reduce your risk of nutrition-related chronic diseases, like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer.
Healthy snacks for children
Healthy snacks are as important to your child’s growth and development as healthy meals. Young children have small stomachs and can’t get all the nutrients they need from just 3 regular meals. Older children need snacks to stay alert and energetic throughout the day.
Having healthy snacks on hand should be part of your overall meal planning. Because snacks give children calories, these calories should come with nutrients. If snacks are foods found in Canada’s Food Guide, you can be sure you are giving healthy snacks.
Dietitians Dish YouTube Channel
Short (90sec) videos on a variety of topics including shopping on a budget, best beverages for preschools, and the feeding relationship.
Healthy eating on a budget
Learn more about the benefits of healthy eating on a budget.
Obesity rates among children and youth in Canada have nearly tripled in the last 30 years.
Children and youth who are obese are at higher risk of developing a range of health problems, and weight issues in childhood are likely to persist into adulthood.
For example, obese children have a high chance of remaining obese as adults.
Bring Back Play – ParticipACTION
Remember when you were a kid? Playing outside with your friends for hours, until you got the call to come in for dinner? Today, our children don’t play like we used to. The playgrounds, schoolyards and parks aren’t as busy as they once were, but what has changed?
Food allergies and intolerances
People are much more aware of food allergies and their risks today than ever before. Many schools have careful guidelines about what students can and can’t bring in their lunches. Products with allergen-free claims are now commonly found on grocery store shelves. Even with that heightened awareness, parents need to be alert to the risks of food allergies and intolerances-for the safety of their own kids and others.
In Your Kitchen: Safe Food Handling Tips
Food safety is a very important issue for Canadians. We can all play a role in making sure that the food we put on our tables is safe to eat.
Kitchen Tips and Food Handling
Tips on how to store food so that it lasts as long as possible (videos).
Food Temperature Guidelines
Many cases of foodborne illness (otherwise known as ‘food poisoning’) could be prevented every year with one simple tool: a food thermometer. Cooking food kills harmful bacteria. Different foods require different temperatures to kill all pathogenic bacteria. Knowing what temperature your food needs to reach — and checking it with a good, working food thermometer — is key.
When you hear the word ‘healthy’, you automatically go right to food. Healthy Start shows you that it’s more than just food, it’s about being active too!
- Director (SK)
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