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Healthy Eating Policy


As part of the Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) Programme, at Kilbrittain 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).

To promote healthy eating habits in our school, we introduced a healthy eating policy starting from ________.


Aims
To promote the personal development and well-being of the child
To promote the health of the child and provide a foundation for healthy living in all its aspects.

Objectives

  • To enable the child to appreciate the importance of good nutrition for growing and developing and staying healthy
  • To enable the child to accept some personal responsibility for making wise food choices and adopting a healthy, balanced diet.


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 water 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 Quiche
Bread sticks
Crackers
Pitta bread

Fruit & Vegetables Drinks

Apples, Banana, Peach Water
Mandarins, Orange segments, Milk
Fruit Salad, dried fruit,
Plum, Pineapple cubes
Dairy
Grapes, Yoghurt
Cucumber, Sweetcorn Cheese
Tomato,
Coleslaw.

We ask that children do not bring the following to school:

Snacks known to be high in sugar, saturated fat, salt, additives and preservatives, including the following:

Crisps (including crisp-style snacks)
Fizzy drinks (including fizzy fruit-flavoured water, juices, etc)
Sweets
Chocolate biscuits/bars
Cereal bars
Chewing gum
Fruit winders
Popcorn.

A very simple approach to healthy eating is to use the Food Pyramid:

Fats
Sugar Sparingly
Sweets etc.

Meat, Fish 2 portions per day
Peas/Beans

Milk, Cheese 3+ portions per day
Yoghurt

Fruit & Vegetables 4+ portions per day

Bread, Cereals & Potatoes 6+ portions per day

Green Flag School
Our green school motto is:

‘Kilbrittain N.S .need a flag if you litter you are a scallywag’

With this in mind, children are also asked to:

take home (in lunchbox) all uneaten food, silver paper, wrappings, containers and cartons
put only fruit peel into the compost bins
not bring in cans and glass – for safety reasons.

N.B. Parents/guardians of any child with a medical condition which requires a special diet should contact the school.


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