For immediate release
April 24, 2014
The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum invites teachers to take on the Healthy Kids Quest
OTTAWA, April 24, 2014 – The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum (CAFM) is inviting teachers to take on the Healthy Kids Quest. This free resource package for teachers, as well as community group leaders, encourages young people to make healthy lifestyle choices.
“A healthy, balanced lifestyle is particularly important for children as this can set them up for developing healthy habits for the future,” says Kerry-Leigh Burchill, Director General of the CAFM. “The Healthy Kids Quest is a fun and educational way to get children involved in making these healthy lifestyle choices.”
The Healthy Kids Quest is part of the CAFM’s five-year commitment to food literacy. The program was developed by the CAFM with support from Nestlé Canada and the Government of Canada.
“As the leading Nutrition, Health & Wellness company worldwide, we’re committed to helping Canadians live happier, healthier lives,” says Shelley Martin, President & CEO, Nestlé Canada Inc. “We’re very proud to support the Healthy Kids Quest that will provide kids across Canada with valuable learning and set the stage for a healthy, active life.”
The Healthy Kids Quest can be downloaded from the CAFM website and meets cross-curricular requirements for grades one to three. The lesson plans are suited to curricula across all of Canada’s provinces and territories. The material extends beyond the Health and Physical Education curriculum to English, Mathematics, Science and Technology, and Social Studies.
Teachers and community group leaders can tailor activities and challenges to their own class and setting and download the package in either English or French. Each theme includes an introductory lesson plan, a theme-specific challenge, one or more follow-up activities and an information sheet for parents.
The class commits to the Healthy Kids Quest and explores themes of healthy food and being physically active. As a class, they set a realistic goal to take on during the program, that once achieved earns rewards – for instance a homework free evening or a pyjama day in class.
To learn more about the events and products related to the CAFM’s five-year commitment to food literacy, visit: healthykidsquest.ca
About the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum (CAFM)
Located on a heritage site of the Central Experimental Farm, near the National Capital’s downtown core, the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum offers its visitors the unique experience of a fully functioning farm in an urban setting. Part of the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation, the CAFM is mandated to preserve Canada’s agriculture and food heritage, and to share and promote scientifically accurate knowledge about the way agriculture is best practiced and food produced and consumed in Canada. The CAFM is proud to count on the financial support of generous sponsors, such as the Canadian Fertilizers Institute. However, the CAFM’s mandate is to provide factual, unbiased information and education about agriculture and food to Canadians, and the CAFM prides itself on the accuracy, independence and objectivity of the content it produces and presents through exhibitions, guided visits, and other means of communication with the public.
About Nestlé Canada
Backed by more than a century of research and experience, Nestlé Canada's Vision is to be Canada’s number one food and beverage company, helping Canadians live happier and healthier lives. Nestlé in Canada manufactures some of the world's most recognized and trusted brands, including STOUFFER'S, LEAN CUISINE, NESQUIK, NESTLÉ GOOD START, POWERBAR, HÄAGEN-DAZS, KIT KAT, NESCAFÉ, NESTLÉ PURE LIFE, NESTLÉ DRUMSTICK, NESTLÉ PROFESSIONAL and Nestlé Purina BENEFUL. Nestlé in Canada employs approximately 3,600 people in more than 20 manufacturing sites, sales offices and distribution centres across the country.