Background to Refresh.ED
Refresh.ED is a component of the Western Australian Healthy Children Program, funded by the Department of Health, Western Australia as a joint Australian, State and Territory Government initiative under the National Partnership Agreement on Preventive Health.
The Child Health Promotion Research Centre (CHPRC) at Edith Cowan University was contracted to develop, promote and evaluate K-10 food and nutrition curriculum support materials as part of this program.
Aim: Provide teachers with quality nutrition education materials
Whilst food and nutrition is traditionally taught in health and technology classes, promotion of healthy eating has application in all learning areas. Teachers can help children understand, as well as motivate, their interest in healthy eating. Most important, teachers can provide a learning environment that develops children’s knowledge, skills and enthusiasm for making healthy choices.
The immediate aim of Refresh.ED is to provide teachers with ready access to quality teaching and professional learning materials that support and motivate them to include food and nutrition across learning areas and school year levels.
History: Under continual development since 2013
The format and content of materials were developed, trialled and reviewed in Western Australian schools in 2013. The Refresh.ED website and a subset of materials were released in May 2014, with more materials following throughout the year. Monitoring of website use, teacher feedback and materials review is ongoing.