- In general, vegetable and fruit consumption was low. One in every two (49%) students did not eat raw or cooked vegetables every day and more than one in three (39%) did not eat canned or fresh fruit every day. Only 6% of students overall reported they ate raw or cooked vegetables three or more times a day and 10% of students reported they ate canned or fresh fruit three or more times a day.
- Less-nutritious foods, including cookies and chocolate bars, were often consumed on a daily basis. One in four students ate cookies (24%) or candy/chocolate bars (26%) every day.
- Seventy-seven per cent of Grade 7 students drank milk, which is an excellent source of calcium as well as vitamins D, A and B12, at least once a day. However, milk consumption declined by grade.
- Sugar-sweetened beverages were popular among students. More than one-half (52%) of students reported they drank sugar-sweetened beverages including Coke™, Sprite™, Fruitopia™ or Snapple™ at least once a day and 28% indicated they drank these beverages at least twice a day.
- Breakfast is an important start to the day but fewer than half (49%) of students ate breakfast every day.
Chapter 2 - Eating
Habits, Body Weight and Physical Activity (PDF
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Table of Contents:
- Table of Contents (PDF 34KB, 4 pages)
- List of Figures and Tables (PDF 52KB, 17 pages)
- Executive Summary (PDF 57KB, 8 pages)
- Introduction (PDF 31KB, 2 pages)
- Student Health 2005 - Introduction
- Chapter 1 - Student Profile
- Chapter 2 - Eating Habits, Physical Activity and Body Weight
- Chapter 3 - Tobacco, Alcohol, Marijuana and Other Drugs
- Chapter 4 - Bullying and Safety
- Chapter 5 - Mental Health and Self Esteem
- Chapter 6 - Sexual Health
- Chapter 7 - Dental Health
- Chapter 8 - Injuries
- Chapter 9 - Sun Safety
- Data Sources, Methods, and Limitations (PDF 45KB, 4 pages)
- References (PDF 49KB, 8 pages)
- News Release