Health Eating Policy

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Healthy Eating Policy

 

As part of the Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) and Physical Education Programmes, at St. Laurence’s N.S. we encourage the children to become more aware of the need for healthy food in their lunch boxes.

 

What people eat is known to be a key factor influencing health. Research indicates a strong link between diet and performance (e.g. a low sugar intake promotes concentration, lessens hyperactivity, protects teeth, and lessens the risk of diabetes. A low salt intake reduces the risk of heart disease in later life).

 

Aim:

The aim of this policy is to ensure children eat a healthy, well-balanced lunch, thus promoting a healthy lifestyle. By encouraging healthy eating patterns, we educate children for later life.

 

Lunch is an important meal for school-going children. It should provide one third of their recommended daily allowance of nutrients without being high in fat, sugar or salt.  It should also provide dietary fibre (roughage).

 

The traditional packed lunch of milk and sandwiches is under attack from a range of convenience foods like crisps, sweets, biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks. Parents and teachers are concerned about this trend but some find it difficult to come up with popular healthy alternatives. We ask you to encourage a healthy lunch right from the start.

 

The following guide is designed to help you provide quick, appetising, and nutritious lunches for your children:

 

Bread & Alternatives             Savouries

 

Bread or rolls, preferably wholemeal                     Lean Meat

Rice – wholegrain                                                      Chicken/Turkey

Pasta – wholegrain                                                   Tinned Fish e.g. tuna/sardines       

Potato Salad                                                               Cheese

Wholemeal Scones                                           

Bread sticks                                                        

Crackers

Pitta bread                                                                                                           

                                    

Fruit & Vegetables                 Drinks

 

Apples, Banana, Peach                                             Milk                       

Mandarins, Orange segments,                                Water                    

Fruit Salad, dried fruit,                                            Yoghurt                           

Plum, Pineapple cubes                                      

Grapes,                                       

Cucumber, Sweet corn

Tomato

 

The 5 Cs are not allowed

 

  • Candy, sweets, lollipops or jellies, etc
  • Chocolate, incl biscuits, pastries, muffins, chocolate spread, cereal bars
  • Chewing gum
  • Crisps, incl salted nuts, popcorn or corn snacks
  • Carbonated drinks, incl fizzy or fruit flavoured water, juices etc

 

So as to take a proactive approach to healthy lunches, teachers will from time to time, reward children who can show a piece of fruit or other healthy foods in their lunchboxes.

 

Roles and Responsibilities

 

Role of Parents:

  • Provide a healthy well-balanced lunch for children
  • Encourage healthy eating
  • Inform the school of any child’s special dietary needs
  • To implement school policy by not allowing their children to bring crisps, carbonated drinks, candy, chocolate or chewing gum to schoolRole of Children:
  • To eat their lunch
  • To bring home any uneaten lunch
  • To help make their lunches and remind parents of the Healthy Eating Policy
  • Not to bringcrisps, carbonated drinks, candy, chocolate or chewing gum to schoolRole of School:
  • To promote and encourage healthy eating
  • To send home any foods deemed to fall under the category of the 5 Cs and provide an alternative healthy option.
  • To influence behaviour on food selection and consumption and engagement in appropriate levels of physical activity through the curriculum.Teachers will continue to give children a sweet treat on occasion. Sweet treats will be used sparingly.