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WEBINAR | Teach Food First: Food Exploration as an Approach to Nutrition Education

Updated: Apr 11, 2023

April 26, 2023 from 9:00 - 10:30am PST/12:00-1:30pm EST

*For members and endorsers of the Coalition only*

Join us to learn how BC schools are using food exploration as a student-centered approach to teach nutrition and Canada’s food guide. This webinar is presented by Public Health Dietitians, the BC Ministry of Health and Farm to School BC. Through provincial collaboration, BC is working to implement a consistent approach to nutrition education that focuses on building food skills and exploring the broader role of food in our lives. This approach has been linked with long-term, positive eating attitudes and behaviors.

During this webinar, participants will learn about best practices for teaching about food and nutrition, and a newly developed educator toolkit - Teach Food First. This comprehensive toolkit offers lessons for grades K-8 that:

  • Connect with Canada’s food guide and the British Columbia Curriculum

  • Are grade-specific and age-appropriate

  • Consider equity and cultural inclusivity

The “Teach Food First” toolkit was developed by the BC Ministry of Health and the BC Centre for Disease Control in partnership with public health dietitians, BC teachers, and Indigenous Knowledge Keepers.


Emilia Moulechkova, MPH, Registered Dietitian

Emilia (she/her/hers) is a population health dietitian with Northern Health Authority. She works with schools, educators, and community partners to promote healthy eating and supportive food environments for school-age children. In this role, and as part of her Master’s practicum, she has supported various aspects of the Teach Food First toolkit. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and Bachelor of Sciences in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of British Columbia, and a Master of Public Health from Waterloo. She is a first generation settler living on the traditional and unceded lands of the Tsimshian peoples, colonially known as Terrace.

Simone Jennings, Registered Dietitian

Simone (she/her/hers) is a public health dietitian with the Healthy Communities team at Interior Health. She has 14 years of experience supporting food literacy education in schools and using current evidence to inform best practices for teaching nutrition. Simone participated in the provincial working group that developed the Teach Food First toolkit and is a lead creator for the Hands on Food resource. Simone holds a Bachelor of Sciences in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of British Columbia. She is grateful to live and work on the traditional, unceded territories of the Secwepemc peoples.

Sonya Rokosh, Community Animator, Farm to School BC and BC Certified Teacher

Sonya Rokosh (she/her/hers) is the community animator for the Kamloops Regional Hub of Farm to School BC. She takes a community development approach to expanding Farm to School initiatives across the region. Sonya is also a BC certified teacher, and for the past four years has had a primary focus on outdoor education and experiential learning. She is currently completing her MA in Environmental Education and Communication from Royal Roads University. Sonya lives and works on the traditional, unceded territories of the Secwepemc peoples.

Natalie Laframboise, MScFN, Registered Dietitian

Natalie is a manager in the Office of Nutrition Policy & Promotion at the BC Ministry of Health. Since 2010, Natalie has worked in Population and Public Health at the Ministry providing leadership for several nutrition policy files including the Trans Fat Regulation, Feed BC in Health Care, and sodium and sugary drink reduction. Natalie is also responsible for school-age nutrition policies, programs and resources including Teach Food First and the Guidelines for Food & Beverage Sales in BC schools. With gratitude, Natalie lives and works on the traditional territories of the Lekwungen peoples of the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations.

If you are a member or endorser of the Coalition, please join us on April 26!

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