Students at Robert Bateman High School cook up healthy eating options

Students are eating healthier in Ontario schools since the School Food and Beverage Policy was implemented in September 2011. Some foods like deep fried French fries, large chocolate chips cookies and certain baked goods are no longer sold in schools in order to focus on healthier food and beverages.  

Students take the lead

The Hospitality and Tourism students at Robert Bateman High School in Burlington are taking the lead when it comes to healthy eating at their school. They operate the school food services and promote the use of the school cafeteria under the direction of the department head Murray Zehr. 

Students are making healthy eating fun and interactive by using creative ideas like:

  • Having lunchtime Wii tournaments, karaoke contests and chess games and
  • Having a café in the cafeteria with café-style chairs and tables and offering caffeine-free lattes, healthy biscotti and fresh fruit smoothies.  

The more popular foods that are served include stir-fry dishes, pho and made-to-order panini sandwiches. The students find that if the cafeteria is a fun place with great food, everyone will enjoy it!   

The money collected from the cafeteria goes back to the school to help with operating costs and to buy school supplies, support sports events and extra-curricular activities.

Bottom line

Robert Bateman High School is a great example of how the students help promote healthy eating in a creative way.  In fact, Murray Zehr says that the sales are up in the cafeteria.  

Good work Robert Bateman High School!


For more information, contact:

Murray Zehr, Department Head, Robert Bateman High School 

Last Update – April 26, 2013

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