Manuals & Toolkits

Healthy Eating Resources

Manuals and toolkits for teaching children and youth about healthy eating or for creating a Healthy Environment.

School Breakfast Program Toolkit
The toolkit is a practical guide to help start or improve a school breakfast program. It can be used by all members of the school community including administrators, teachers, staff, volunteers and parent groups. Includes information on how to identify the need and planning for a program; types of breakfast programs; sources of funding; food safety and food donation considerations; menu planning and healthy eating information.

Sports Nutrition for Youth: A Handbook for Coaches
These tools provide sports nutrition recommendations, teaching tools and learning activities for school and community coaches to guide recreational athletes and active youth aged 12 to 18 years. Includes nutrition and hydration advice before, during, and after activity, and information on vegetarian diets, body image, and nutrition supplements. The handbook also outlines ways in which coaches can help athletes create healthier eating environments at home, at school, while traveling and in recreation centres.

Modules: Use these six brief modules, including handouts, to highlight the key sport nutrition and hydration concepts from the handbook:

Fueling for Sports Nutrition Infographic Posters: Display in gyms, locker rooms or recreation centres as a visual learning tool:

Sugar Shocker Education Kit
The kit teaches children and youth how to make healthy drink choices. It includes ready to use lesson plans and activities. The content supports the Alberta Education Health and Life Skills curriculum.

Cooking Club Manual
This manual aims to teach children aged 8-12 food preparation and cooking skills, as well as healthy eating and food safety so that they can confidently choose and make nutritious foods. Includes ready–to-go lesson plans, background information and worksheets for the classroom and the kitchen. The content supports the Alberta Education Health and Life Skills curriculum and all recipes used in this manual are aligned with the Alberta Nutrition Guidelines for Children and Youth.

Reverse Lunch Toolkit: Play Before Lunch! (also available in French)
This toolkit provides information about the benefits of reverse lunch, ideas for starting a reverse lunch program and sample resources for use at your school.

Snack Shack Manual
The manual provides information for schools to create a healthy snack canteen/store that meets the Alberta Nutrition Guidelines for Children and Youth. It includes recipes and information on marketing, promotions, and costing. It was produced by Alberta Health Services in collaboration with the University of Lethbridge Health Sciences department.