NS schools fail to offer healthy lunch options, says auditor general - Halifax

NS schools fail to offer healthy lunch options, says auditor general – Halifax

A new report from the Auditor General of Nova Scotia has found that schools need to do a better job of introducing nutritious foods.

The Nova Scotia Public Schools Healthy Food and Nutrition Policy was implemented in 2009 and indicated that a review would be conducted every two years. But Kim Adair’s new report finds that it has been six years since its review.

“The intent of the policy is for a child in the school system, no matter where they are in the district, whether it is New Germany, Cape Breton or Halifax – that they all have the opportunity to choose healthy food when they are in school. This does not happen,” she said.

Four different regional centers of education were surveyed. The report found that breakfast programs do succeed in providing healthy foods, but that schools need to improve their lunch options.

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“The department does not know if healthy foods are being served in schools due to a lack of monitoring,” she said.

Schools can help with the healthy eating model because this is where children from four to eighteen years old spend most of their day. The county really has a critical role to play in shaping their future.”

Sarah Kirk, who was part of the research team that evaluated the policy in 2014, said there have been no changes since then.

“What that means is that children are not feeding in school and that affects their health and well-being and also their chance of learning,” said Kirk, professor of health promotion at Dalhousie University.


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She noted that politics is one of the best policies in the country.

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And then we don’t actually put money into implementing it effectively. For me, this is really a missed opportunity,” she said sadly.

Education Minister Becky Drohan said the county would accept the report’s recommendations and would start updating the policy.

“We know that it is important for students to have healthy food not only for their learning but also for their overall well-being and this is something we have prioritized,” said Druhan.

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