Beausoleil First Nation Student Nutrition Program Provides Youth with a Healthy Start

April 18, 2018  

Midland, Ontario – April 19, 2018 – Centre de santé communautaire CHIGAMIK Community Health Centre (CSC CHIGAMIK CHC) is pleased to announce that they have partnered with the Beausoleil First Nation (BFN) Education Department to provide nutritional support for youth attending high school. The new program called Breakfast N’ Boats, offers Beausoleil First Nation youth on Christian Island who attend high school, a healthy breakfast container at no cost on the morning ferry ride.

“The Breakfast N’ Boats program is very complimentary to our BFN school lunch program for our secondary students, administered at their respective schools. Many morning students are rushed to make the 7:30 am ferry departure time and some don’t take the time to eat in the mornings. This is one less thing the students have to worry about,” said Sylvia Norton-Sutherland, Beausoleil First Nation Student Support Worker.

A two-year study, Feeding Our Future, released by the Toronto District School Board shows the significant role a nutritious breakfast plays in academic success. The study found those who were fed properly had improved marks and better behavior. It demonstrated numerous benefits resulting from eating morning meals including improved student behaviour or attitude; reduced tardiness; reduced incidence of disciplinary problems; and improved ability to stay on task.

“Making the connection between what we eat and academic achievement is one of the most important lessons youth can learn when it comes to healthy eating,” said Alex King, Food Access Worker, CSC Chigamik CHC. “All youth deserve a fair shot at success and good nutrition plays such an important role. We are so pleased to partner with the BFN Education Department and are thankful for their support. Our ultimate goal is to help more young people get the support they need to graduate from high school and build a future full of potential.”

For more information about the Breakfast N’ Boats program, please contact Alex King at 705-527-4154 x253.