Our commitment.

With BC Dairy’s education programs, you will meet your curriculum goals using up to date research on food, nutrition, and best practices in feeding dynamics.  Provincial and national feeding guidelines and professional standards, outlined by the College of Dietitians of BC, guide our team’s work and their commitment to health and nutrition education. Year after year, we want teachers to feel confident using our programs, which means they have the training and skills to teach young learners about food and nutrition. 

Our approach.

We provide educators with evidence-based food and nutrition education programs that combine a variety of learning strategies, helps foster food and nutrition related behaviors supportive of long-term health and well-being, and facilitate voluntary adoption of foods among learners.

Our multi-lesson food and nutrition education programs:

  • Ensure students are provided with nutrition education that is appropriate for their age and grade level through teacher guides and student materials. For example, our Food for Us program for students in grades 2-3, provides suggestions for additions/modifications to language found in Canada’s Food Guide.
  • Support behaviour change through student goal setting in workbooks, journals, and tasting activities.
  • Provide experiential learning opportunities through Mini Food Grants, suggestions for tasting opportunities and recipes that focus on student involvement.
  • Provide teachers with context and background on a variety of topics, preparing them to support their diverse student populations.

Readiness to teach.

We require a free workshop prior to teaching our programs. This helps ensure teachers understand the program materials and learn about additional resources available, such as strategies to support eating competence among students. Workshops are available either online or available in-person upon request. After completing the workshop, you can order program materials through our education portal at no cost. Each year, you can order new student materials, for free. Check out our programs to see which one might be a good fit for your classroom!

Available programs.

BC Dairy’s nutrition education programs for the K-12 years make it easy to teach nutrition using BC’s new curriculum. Teachers everywhere in BC can participate in professional development sessions to get colourful materials and great ideas for making nutrition come alive in the classroom.

Login for educators.

Educators—create or access your BC Dairy portal account to reorder program materials, access additional resources and apply for Mini Food Grants.

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Nutrition education lesson plans.

Check out our free, ready-to-use nutrition education lesson plans for your classroom. We offer fun and interactive lesson plans for all grade levels.

Mindful Eating

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For every grade level.

Students will explore the concept of mindfulness and will have the opportunity to participate in a mindful eating activity. Mindful eating is noticing how, what, where, when and why we eat. Practicing this skill helps us to understand how we feel, and how that can affect the food choices we make. Mindful eating connects physical, emotional and mental well-being, and increases awareness of the social and environmental factors influencing eating habits. A mindful eating approach can also be used during any eating opportunity, including lunchtime, snacks and any classroom lesson plan that involves food tasting. For lesson plans that use food, refer to our list of lesson plans here. Estimated time: 40-50 minutes Food costs: less than $5 Mindful Eating Lesson Plan

Mystery Food Activity

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For students from Preschool to Grade 8

Students will have the opportunity to explore food and identify its sensory properties through a classic, engaging activity. Foods common to BC are best suited for this activity. Estimated time: ~30 minutes Estimated food cost: $10-15 (depends on chosen ingredients) Mystery Food Activity Lesson Plan

Little Riddles

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For Grades 2-3

In this lesson, students will explore food and develop language arts skills by creating and sharing riddles. Students can solve the two sample riddles in the lesson, then write their own food riddle and have classmates solve the riddle. Estimated time: 30 minutes Little Riddles Lesson Plan

Food Guide Scavenger Hunt

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For Grade 6 and up

In January 2019, Health Canada released the new food guide, “an online suite of resources…that encourages Canadians to eat healthy whenever and wherever they go.” Since its release, the food guide Snapshot (or “healthy eating plate”) has been given a lot of attention. However, when it comes to healthy eating, Health Canada has said this picture is just the tip of the iceberg. This activity allows students to benefit from diving below media headlines to think critically about whether those messages accurately reflect Canada’s dietary guidelines. Students will explore healthy eating habits and increase their digital health literacy. Estimated Time: about 1 hour, plus time for review and discussion. Lesson PlanStudent Worksheet
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