WHAT IS FANLit
FANLit is a knowledge portal of evidence-based resources to support food and nutrition education. These resources can be used by school- and community-based educators teaching children & youth ages 4-18. Though our main audience is in Manitoba, Canada, anyone can use them. The portal is a living entity - resources will be added over time as they are developed.
We believe in a holistic approach to food and nutrition education using a food literacy model. In addition to food skills and nutrition, FANLit has resources on culture and traditional foods, fostering positive food relationships, and the links between food choices, food production, social justice and our earth.
FANLit was developed, and is hosted by, the Department of Food and Human Nutritional Sciences at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. FANLit is overseen by a Community of Practice consisting of teachers, dietitians and community-based educators.
FANLit was inspired by the British Nutrition Foundation's Food - a fact of life initiative.
HOW TO USE FANLit
Simply go to the area you are interested in!
Teaching resources are grouped by topic and age group and most are downloadable as PDF documents.
WHY USE FANLit
FANLit has great FREE tools to help you teach food and nutrition:
Background on food and nutrition literacy, and what children & youth should know about food and nutrition, at different ages.
Easy-to-use lessons (PDFs or links) on a wide variety of topics. Lesson plans are developed by Human Ecology/Home Economics teachers and Human Nutritional Sciences students and researchers. There are also links to resources such as curricula that have been developed elsewhere, but have excellent content. Everything on FANLit is reviewed by our Community of Practice
Information on the nutritional health and well-being of children and youth.
WHO SHOULD USE FANLit
Anyone interested in teaching children and youth about food and nutrition!
K-12 teachers will find resources and tools that support the Manitoba Home Economics and Physical Education/Health Education curricula.
Community Educators will find resources and tools to support community-based food programs.
WHAT IS FOOD LITERACY?
Food literacy is a spectrum of food-related knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values that enhance health and well-being.