Healthy Eating

Healthy eating has a long-lasting and positive impact on your child’s growth, development, health and wellbeing, and you play an important role in ensuring your child eats well and stays active.

The foods that your child eats at school are a large part of their daily nutrient intake and influence their energy, concentration levels and ability to learn. They also help influence your child’s future eating habits and growth patterns.

 Healthy school lunch/snack ideas include:

•sandwiches or pita bread with cheese, lean meat or salad

•cheese slices, crackers with spread and fresh fruit

•washed and cut-up raw vegetables or fresh fruits

•frozen water or milk, particularly in hot weather.

 

Involve your children in healthy choices

Involving children in planning and preparing their own lunchboxes gives them the opportunity to learn about healthy eating, and also gives them a chance to make autonomous decisions about what they will be eating during the day.

Some tips to help get your kids involved include:

 •Talk to your children about what they would like to have in their lunchbox. Discuss healthier food and drink choices and decide what will be in the lunchbox together.

•Write a shopping list together. Take your children shopping with you and let them choose foods and drinks from the shopping list.

•Encourage your children to help prepare their lunchboxes. Older children may be able to prepare most of their lunch themselves, and younger children can help with making sandwiches or cutting up soft fruit. It is a good idea to prepare lunchboxes the evening before to allow children to participate.

Highly processed, sugary, fatty and salty foods should only make up a very small part of your child’s 

 

NOTE: We ask that parents do not bring “Fast Food” to school for their child’s lunch