Help students learn about food and eating well.

Healthy eating habits are formed early. We’re dedicated to making sure kids are taught what it means to eat well, and to have a positive relationship with food.

BC Dairy offers nutrition education programs, materials, and lesson plans that have been developed by registered dietitians with expertise in education. Our nutrition education materials are designed to help students learn to eat well and develop positive relationships with food. Provincial and national guidelines, best practices, and ethical standards outlined by the College of Dietitians of BC guide our work, responsibility, and commitment to the community.

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Workshops for teachers.

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.

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Teachers—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

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)

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

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.

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BC Dairy Classroom

A fun and interactive experience for all ages. Learn about where milk comes from with this live cow demonstration, returning in spring 2022

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School Milk BC

School Milk BC and our incentive program will be on pause this 2021-2022 school year as we look to re-imagine the program and how we can support schools in a better way.

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