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Healthy food at school is vital during pandemic

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With September around the corner, schools are gearing up to reopen after COVID-19 shutdowns. This pandemic has taught us not only about physical health, but also the importance of healthy eating, mental health, social connection, and learning for our kids. So, what is one ingredient needed for all of these, and overall student well-being? Healthy school food.

Nourished kids learn and behave better. Drinking water and eating a variety of nutrient-rich vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and protein foods support a healthy immune system.

To top it off, growing evidence shows connections between healthy eating and positive mental health, and eating together helps us feel more connected (even when we are two metres apart).

Yes, we are still in a pandemic. But we can prioritize healthy school food in ways that lower the risk of virus transmission, and support overall student health and well-being.

School food programs are “thinking outside of the box” to provide food to all........

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