Help Your School Take Action - Promoting Health Messages


PA announcements can be used to increase students' knowledge and awareness of healthy eating and motivate your students and school to become more physically active.

Include our Healthy Eating and Physical Activity information - along with food trivia riddles and jokes - in your school's daily announcements.

Healthy Eating

Breakfast: Kick Start Your Day!
Snacks: Nutritious and Delicious
Lunch: Keep the Energy Going
Food Trivia
Food Jokes

Physical Activity

General Physical Activity
Theme - Specific Examples
Riddle Mania

Write Your Own Announcement

Run a contest where students write their own healthy eating or physical activity announcement. Have students submit their announcement to either their teacher or put it in a contest box.

Choose one student to read their announcement each day of the week.

Healthy Eating Announcements

Breakfast: Kick Start Your Day!

  • "Eating Breakfast is an important start to the day. The word breakfast comes from 'break the fast' because after 12 hours without food, your body needs food or fuel to get it going. When your fuel is low, your brain can't remember things, you don't have much energy and your body can't grow."
  • "Did you know that cereal, milk and an orange make a great breakfast? A healthy breakfast includes foods from at least 3 of the 4 food groups. Cereal comes from the Grain Products group, milk from the Milk and Alternatives group and an orange from the Vegetables & Fruit group. This is one breakfast that you can make yourself."
  • "Like the commercial says: Milk does a body good! Milk helps to keep our bones and teeth strong and healthy and is an important part of healthy eating."
  • "Breakfast doesn't only mean toast or cereal. Next time try a fruit milk shake. Take your favourite fruit, mix it in the blender with 2 cups of milk and you've got an awesome shake for you and your family! Finish it off with a cereal or granola bar."
  • "No time for breakfast in the morning? Pack one to eat either on the way to school or right before class. Take a slice of cheese, some crackers and a fruit juice drinking box and "ta da", you have a balanced meal. You're also giving your brain some food so it can work better."
  • "Start strong! Kids who eat breakfast have more energy and feel awake and ready to learn. Use your imagination and come up with quick and nutritious breakfast ideas. Why not try an English muffin with cheese. Or grab fruit and yogurt when you are on the run. Breakfast doesn't have to be boring, but you might be if you are so hungry that you fall asleep before lunch!"

Adapted from materials produced by Region of Peel-Public Health and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Health Unit

Snacks: Nutritious and Delicious

  • "Be "Snack Smart"! Eating healthy snacks is a great way to satisfy your hunger and give you energy. Snacking also helps you to get all the nutrients your body needs during the day. Choose something different each day. Fruit, cheese and crackers, trail mix, yogurt - make your snacks healthy!"
  • "Here's a riddle: What do you, the trees, and a hamster have in common? Give up? You all need water to survive. Did you know that people can't survive for more than a few days without water? More than half of our body is made up of water. So, remember, drink water every day!"
  • "Here are some facts on healthy snacks. Healthy snacks are packed with nutrients that our body needs to grow strong and well. Some examples of healthy snacks include: fruits, vegetables, yogurt, milk, cheese and crackers, pita and hummus, popcorn - the list can go on and on. What's your favourite healthy snack?"
  • "Did you know that if the label on your fruit juice bottle says fruit drink, fruit punch, fruit cocktail or fruit beverage it's probably not 100% fruit juice? Look for fruit drinks that are made from 100% fruit rather than drinks that are just fruit-flavoured. The key word to look for on the label is 'juice' or '100% fruit juice'."
  • "Fruits and vegetables are packed with vitamins and minerals that are important to keep you healthy and feeling great! They're not just for eating during meals but make fast, delicious snacks too. Don't just settle for one or two - pick a few!"
  • "Three meals a day is not enough to fuel our bodies with all of the energy and nutrients we need. Eating healthy snacks between meals gives us energy, helps us grow, and keep us feeling satisfied between meals. Avoid having snacks too close to regular meals. We still want to have some space in our tummy for the next meal."

Adapted from materials produced by Region of Peel-Public Health and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Health Unit

Lunch: Keep the Energy Going

These PA announcements promote healthy lunches which include food from at least three of the four food groups from Eating Well with Canada's Food Guide.

  • "Tired of the same boring lunch? Try a "combo" lunch. Take a taco shell, a soft tortilla or pita bread. Next, fill it with meat or an egg, tomatoes, lettuce or green peppers, and top it with cheese. Combination lunches combine foods from every food group, which makes them healthy and fun."
  • "Looking to warm yourself up at lunchtime? For a hot lunch, try soup, spaghetti with meatballs, macaroni and cheese, steamed rice, chilli or last night's leftovers. Pack these in a thermos bottle, add a spoon or a fork, and you've got a lunch that's sure to warm you up."
  • "Can't think of a way to get your vegetables at lunchtime? Try adding lettuce, cucumber, or tomato slices to your sandwich. Include a vegetable drink or munch on some carrot sticks."
  • "Surprise your family! Make it your goal to try new foods. Instead of getting the same old pepperoni pizza, try toppings such as pineapple, red or green pepper, or sun-dried tomatoes. You might surprise yourself and find that being adventurous with your food is fun and tastes great!"
  • "A healthy lunch contains food from at least three out of the four food groups. What are the four food groups? They are: Vegetables and Fruit, Grain Products, Milk and Alternatives and Meat and Alternatives (other protein sources)."
  • "Are these your four personal food groups? Pop, candy, chocolate and cookies? Eating Well with Canada's Food Guide tells us to eat a variety of nutritious foods for healthy bodies and teeth. Check your lunch today. How does it rate?"

Adapted from materials produced by Region of Peel-Public Health and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Health Unit

Food Trivia

Kids are always looking for some interesting facts about foods.

  1. Today's trivia question is "What is 'congee'?"
    1. A new music group?
    2. An African monkey?
    3. A Chinese porridge?

    If you guessed "c", you're right. Kids in China know how important breakfast is. They eat it to re-energize their bodies after a night's sleep. It gives their bodies important nutrients and fuels their brains. Kids in China eat breakfast - do you?

  2. I'm a fruit that originates from New Zealand. I have brown fuzzy skin and I'm named after my country's flightless bird. What am I?

If you guessed "Kiwi," you're right. Cut me in half and eat me with a spoon or peel me and slice me. I'm delicious and a great source of vitamin C.

  1. I'm a food with culture. I may be plain or flavoured with fruit. What am I?

Answer: Yogurt

  1. Did you know that the saying "cool as a cucumber" is really true? The inside of a cucumber is at least 10 degrees cooler than the outside air. So try cucumbers for a cool snack!

  2. This is a test: can you name the one food that supplies all fifty nutrients that our bodies need for good health?

If you can't come up with an answer, you're right! There is no single food that supplies everything we need! That's why eating a variety of foods is so important. It's also much more interesting that sticking to the same old foods all the time.

Used with permission from materials produced by Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Health Unit.

Food Jokes

  • Where did the hamburger go to dance?
            To the meatball.

  • What do you call a drawing of pasta?
            A noodle doodle.

  • What did the mushroom say to her date at the party?
            You're some kind of fun-gi!

  • What is a sheep's favourite food?

  • Why couldn't the orange get up the hill?
            Because it had run out of juice.

  • Why did everyone leave the kitchen?
            Because they were embarrassed by the salad dressing.

  • If you had six oranges in one hand and seven oranges in the other hand, what would you have?
            Very big hands!

  • How can you turn one kind of fruit into another?
            If you put two apples together you would have a pair!

  • What do you call it when you use a grapefruit at the bowling alley?
            Fruit bowl.

  • How do you make a hamburger roll?
            Give it a shove off a steep hill.

  • When can you knock over a full glass and not spill any water?
            When the glass is filled with milk.

  • Which food from the Meat and Alternatives group is the most serious?
            An egg. It's afraid to crack a smile.

  • Which grain product do ghosts like for breakfast?
            Scream of wheat.

  • Which vegetable's name and first letter are exactly the same?
            A pea.

  • How do you divide 17 tomatoes amongst 9 boys and 9 girls?
            Make tomato juice.

  • How do you fix a broken pizza?
            With tomato paste.

  • What do you call two banana peels?
            A pair of slippers!

  • What kind of diet does a tightrope walker eat?
            A "balanced" diet.

  • Why is that loaf of bread feeling so sad?
            It's feeling crumby.

  • A tomato, lettuce and faucet had a race. Who won?
            The lettuce. It was a head, even though the faucet was running and the tomato couldn't ketchup.

Used with permission from materials produced by Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Health Unit.

Physical Activity Announcements

General Physical Activity

A majority of kids are not active enough on a daily basis for optimal growth and development.

  • "Hey, (name of school), it's time to 'Walk the Talk'. Walking gives us energy, makes us look and feel better, and improves our health. So this week, we're going to start a school wide challenge. Create your own activity score sheet and list walking and other activities that you do. By the end of next week, hand in your list to your teacher for a draw where one winner from each class will get a prize. Walk or ride your bike to school, play outside - anything that gets you moving!"
  • "Hey (name of school) it's time for 'The Ultimate Physical Activity Challenge!' What does this mean, you ask? It means that we're challenging you to try a new activity, game or exercise this week that you haven't done in a while or one that you have never tried before! Keep a log of all the activities you do that are at least 20 minutes in length. At the end of the week, hand it in to your teacher. After a month, one student from each class will be entered into a draw for a prize. Remember, variety is the spice of life. Get active and have fun!"
  • "Did you know that the heart is a muscle? It's true. When you exercise, the heart gets stronger and larger just like other muscles in your body. Not only will you feel better, but your heart will thank you for making the work it does easier!"

Theme-Specific Examples

Link your physical activity announcements to special events that happen at different times during the year; for example:

February is Heart Month

  • "Did you know that if you stretched out your blood vessels they would be 96,000 km long? That's long enough to go around the world almost two and a half times!

Remember: February is Heart Month, so be good to your heart and get active!"

  • "Did you know that your heart has two sides with muscles that help push your blood through your heart to your body? Each time your heart pumps, that's a heart beat! With children and youth your heart beats 70-100 times per minute...but compared to a mouse, that's nothing since their little hearts beats 850 times per minute!

    Remember: February is Heart Month, so be good to your heart and get active!"

Riddles Mania

Answer these riddles the next day on the PA before reading a new riddle or use them as part of a school-wide contest.

Have students create their own riddles and say one each day on the announcements. Other classes will try to figure out the riddles and at the end of the week, have each class hand in their answers.

Q. A baseball team scores eight runs, but not a single man crosses the plate, how?
A. All of them were married.

Q. What football team lives in the ocean?
A. The Dolphins.

Q. Where can a witch play golf?
A. On a golf curse!

Q. Why did the golfer wear 2 pairs of pants?
A. Just in case he got a hole in one.

Q. How do you make a tissue dance?
A. You put a little boogie in it!

Q. I'm a sport. My players glide quickly on an icy surface. I have several team mates and we work together to score. What sport am I?
A. Hockey

Q. I can be a sport or an activity you can do on your own. I am popular because I don't need any equipment. If I have a lot of training, I can be a fast as a lightning bolt. What sport or activity am I?
A. Running

Q. I'm an activity that many people like to do in the summer. Often, people bring a backpack full of supplies. The scenery around me is beautiful, and by the end of the day, your body is very tired. What activity am I?
A. Hiking

Q. I am a muscle that is often used to pick things up. Although I'm usually small compared to other upper body muscles, I can become very big and very defined if I am used a lot. What muscle am I?
A. Biceps

Q. Physical activity involves 3 types of activity - endurance, flexibility and strength. I am a type of physical activity that is recommended 4-7 days a week. This type of activity keeps my muscles relaxed and helps me bend and reach more easily. What type of physical activity am I?
A. Flexibility

Used with permission from materials produced by Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Health Unit.

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