Healthy Eating in Recreation Settings eCourse

Why is Healthy Eating in Recreation Settings important and how does this eCourse help?

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This FREE eCourse provides resources, examples, and tools to help champions successfully make changes to their recreation facility food environment.

  • Earn module completion certificates for modules 1 through 8
  • Earn a course completion certificate and letter of commendation for completing modules 1 through 8
  • Complete modules in any order and go at your pace

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Module 1: Introduction into Healthy Eating in Recreation Settings 

This introductory module provides an overview of healthy eating in recreation settings. The other modules in this series will build off of the background information provided in this module.  

Time: 15 minutes

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Module 2: How Healthy is Your Environment?

This module will cover evaluating the food environment in recreation facilities. Learn how to evaluate the food environment in a recreation facility, write a healthy vending contract and request for proposals, and how to evaluate and celebrate successes.

Time: 15 minutes

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Module 3: Creating Healthy Food Environments in Recreation Facilities Through Policy

This module will discuss the role of policy in creating healthy food environments in recreation settings. It will also outline key steps and considerations for promoting healthy food and drink policy in a facility or community. 

Time: 15 minutes

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Module 4: A Business Case

This module will teach learners how to build a strong business case for healthy eating in recreation facilities. Learn the basics of creating budget proposals, delivering patron surveys and how to make healthy eating make “cents”.  

Time: 15 minutes

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Module 5: Marketing Healthy Food and Drinks: the 4 P’s

This module will introduce the role that marketing plays in selling healthy food and drinks using the 4 P’s, making foods available, affordable and accessible.

Time: 15 minutes

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Module 6: Identify Healthy Foods and Drinks

This module was designed to help learners identify healthy food and drink choices and healthy cooking methods and equipment.

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Time: 15 minutes

Module 7: Concession Stand Menu Makeover

This module will share ideas and practical tips to help learners add healthy foods and drinks to concession menus. It will highlight ingredient substitutions and provide suggestions for making common, best selling concession items more healthy. This module will also include guidance on healthy snack packs and sides as well as local chef recommendations on maximizing food use to reduce food waste.

Time: 15 minutes

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Module 8: Fueling Athletes with Healthy Food and Drinks

This module provides information on how coaches can help to fuel athletes with the appropriate nutrients. It will lead into details about timing of nutrition, hydration and supplement usage. This module also provides guidance on how to plan proper nutrition when on the go and how to make healthier eating environments.

Time: 30 minutes

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Module 9: Indigenous Traditional Food Systems

This module provides an introductory look into Indigenous Traditional Food Systems within Alberta. Learn from Elders and Indigenous communities across the province why returning to a Traditional Food System is important, how communities are returning to it and what role you can play in supporting Traditional Food Systems.

Time: 1.0 – 1.5 hours

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The Healthy Eating in Recreation Settings eCourse was developed collaboratively by the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association’s Communities ChooseWell program, Alberta Health Services and the Alberta Policy Coalition for Chronic Disease Prevention.