Ontario Dietitians in Public Health School Nutrition Workgroup (SNWG) supports the creation of a comprehensive healthy nutrition environment in all elementary and secondary schools, and student nutrition programs in Ontario.

This is accomplished through advocacy, collaboration, resource development and resource sharing based on evidence and best practice approaches.  Activities include:

  • identifying and contributing to advocacy issues related to school nutrition;
  • responding to school nutrition issues of concern;
  • providing input to task forces, advisory committees, community health committees, professional organizations, and policy development groups;
  • providing input into school nutrition standards; and,
  • advising SNWG members and the ODPH Executive regarding healthy school nutrition/supportive environments advocacy.

External Liaisons:

  • Ministry of Education
  • Student Nutrition Ontario (SNO)  
  • Ontario Healthy Schools Coalition
  • Coalition for Healthy School Food

Current task groups:


Lead:  Lindsay Fera

Purpose of the Group:  With BrightBites being our main evidence-based resource for schools, this task group works to continuously monitor, maintain, evaluate and revise as appropriate.  

Evidence-Based Recommendations Task Group 

Lead: Jody Dawson

Purpose of the Group: To develop and disseminate evidence-based recommendations on priority school nutrition issues affecting Ontario schools.


School Nutrition Workgroup Minutes

Minutes from the last 12 months are listed.  Use the search feature to find older documents.
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SNWG November 2017 meeting minutes

2017 November meeting minutes School Nutrition Workgroup

Minutes SNWG School Nutrition Workgroup Public School Nutrition Workgroup

Terms of Reference and Key Messages

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Call to Action: Creating a Healthy School Nutrition Environment (2004)

The Call to Action challenges the provincial government, boards of education, school communities and public health to acknowledge and act on their roles in establishing an environment that is supportive of healthy eating in Ontario schools. The ODPH School Nutrition Workgroup have made nine recommendations to address the importance of healthy eating in the school context and presents the link between nutritional health, learning and chronic disease in children and adolescents.

Resources Key Documents SNWG School Nutrition Workgroup Report position statement Public School Nutrition Workgroup