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Teacher Role

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The ultimate goal of Refresh.ED is to increase knowledge and skills in nutrition, healthy eating and related food literacy amongst Western Australian school children.

Teachers have a critical role to help children understand and  motivate 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 key objectives are to:

  • Increase teachers’ awareness of and positive attitudes towards their potential role in facilitating children’s healthy eating in the school environment;
  • Increase teachers’ positive attitudes towards and involvement in healthy eating, food selection and food preparation related classroom activities for children;
  • Increase the proportion of teachers incorporating nutrition, healthy eating, food selection and food preparation into curriculum and school-based activities
  • Increase children’s knowledge about food, nutrition and healthy eating

The aim of the Refresh.Ed website is to increase the availability of quality materials/resources that will support the incorporation of nutrition and food related issues into multiple teaching areas;

  • Increase the proportion of teachers who:
    • Are able to access materials/resources to support the incorporation of nutrition and food related issues into multiple teaching areas;
    • Are aware of the importance of healthy eating for children’s health and development and have positive attitudes towards their potential role in promoting and facilitating this;
    • Report having the confidence and skills to include food and nutrition into curriculum and classroom activities; and
    • Trial including food and nutrition –related issues into curriculum and classroom activities; and
  • Increase the proportion of children who are exposed to classroom activities designed to improve their knowledge about food, nutrition and healthy eating