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  1. Food at School • Breakfast • Lunchboxes • School Canteen • Crunch&Sip • Other programs at school

  2. Why Breakfast? • provides energy and nutrition for the morning • helps with healthy body weight • helps learning and concentration • to get in the habit of eating in the morning What is a healthy breakfast ? • Wholegrain cereal, reduced fat milk and fruit. • Wholegrain toast, spread and glass of reduced fat milk

  3. Kindy Lunchboxes • Children can eat up to a 1/3 of their daily food intake at school • It is important to pack nutritious food to help your child to • concentrate and learn • behave better

  4. Kindy Lunchboxes Kindy kids can be slow eaters and may want to play more than eat! Keep it simple (not too much choice) Keep serves small Ensure foods can be opened and eaten easily  Tip – environmental and budget Pack your own food using labelled reusable containers rather than buying small pre packaged snacks

  5. Packing Kindy Lunchboxes • Pack for • fruit break - fresh fruit or veggies only • recess - eg crackers and cheese OR pikelets and reduced fat milk popper (frozen) • lunch - eg chicken and salad sandwich OR grated cheese and carrot wrap • water to drink • Avoid packing a • ‘treat’ food everyday • Tip Keep lunchboxes cold with icepacks or frozen water.

  6. Healthy Snacks for School Fresh fruit and vegetables – whole or chopped Wholegrain crackers, pita bread or rice cakes with • cheese • container of low fat dip eg hummus • vegemite Plain popcorn Scones or pikelets Sandwich Reduced fat yoghurt Dried fruit Breadsticks

  7. The School Canteen Our school has a healthy canteen based on the Fresh tastes @ school healthy canteen strategy.

  8. The School Canteen • Provides tasty and healthy lunches, snacks and drinks • Supports classroom nutrition messages • Introduces students to new or different foods • Profits are given back to school • Volunteering is a great way to help your school and meet other parents and teachers

  9. The School Canteen Canteen Manager - ___________ Canteen open ___ days/week Canteen menu - sent home &/or school website Lunch orders placed – online or lunch bag Volunteers welcome Central Coast Canteen Award

  10. Crunch & Sip break Set break to eat fruit or salad vegetables and drink water in the classroom.

  11. Food Allergies • Our school has a (nut) free policy • If your child has a severe allergic reaction to food - notify the school.

  12. Nutrition in Schools Policy All schools should promote and model healthy eating and good nutrition in school programs and activities relating to or involving food and drink.

  13. Other Initiatives that support Healthy Food at School • Class parties – healthier food and drinks encouraged • Environmental concerns – composting, worm farm, vegetable garden, waste free lunch days • Teacher rewards – non food items such as stickers, pencils, extra playtime, canteen vouchers • Water encouraged at school outings and functions • Healthy fundraisers • Nutrition newsletter items

  14. More information Healthy kids website http://www.healthykids.nsw.gov.au/ Healthy Kids Associationwebsite http://www.healthy-kids.com.au/parents CCLHD Health Promotion website http://www.healthpromotion.com.au/Lunchboxes/Lunchboxes_home.htm

  15. What Is Parents Jury? The Parents Jury is a web based network of parents who wish to improve the food and physical activity environments for children in Australia

  16. Thank you!