The Child Nutrition Council of Manitoba works to support nutrition programs across Manitoba in a variety of ways, including workshops, newsletters, new resources, and site visits.
Registered Dietitians are always part of this team, and help schools offer healthy options to their students.
The Council provides training for nutrition program coordinators to help them become familiar with guiding practices for managing nutrition programs. The training sessions focus on:
- nutrition education;
- helpful resources to support all aspects of organizing and running a program;
- networking and sharing stories and ideas with other coordinators.
We held three workshops in the 2017-2018 school year.
- June, 2017 – Summer Learning Programs Winnipeg
- November, 2017 – Winnipeg
- May, 2018 – Steinbach (in partnership with Manitoba Healthy Food in Schools and Southern Health – Santé Sud)
We are starting to plan workshops for the 2018-2019 school year. We will post the dates as soon as they are confirmed. If you have a workshop session suggestion or would like to see a workshop held in your community area, be sure to connect with us!
Registered dietitians review grocery receipts that schools submit. This gives us an idea of what types of breakfast, snack or lunch items are purchased for nutrition programs. This helps us learn what types of food students are able to access. Our dietitians provide feedback and have discussions with program staff and volunteers to see how we can better provide support. The receipts also help us learn new ideas to share with other schools who may have challenges purchasing nutritious food.
Visiting school nutrition programs is a highlight for our program team dietitians. It gives them the opportunity to better understand how all the different programs run throughout the province, and allows for program coordinators and school principals to ask questions and share stories of all the great work that they do.
Parents, community members, school staff, and students are important to nutrition programs as volunteers. You can download our PDF fact sheets on the following topics:
If you are interested in volunteering to support a program check out our Volunteer Opportunity page for more information.