Healthy Eating is central to a person’s overall well being. As part of our Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) Policy, the children learn about healthy eating and nutrition. Our aim is to promote Healthy Eating at an early age in order to ensure good, lifelong, nutritional habits. Healthy Eating is important for many reasons:
- General growth and development
- Maintaining strong teeth and bones
- Improving concentration and behaviour
- Preventing obesity and heart conditions
- Balancing energy levels
Pupils’ lunches should include at least one food item from the different food groups. There should be something from the :
- Fruit and Vegetable Group e.g. whole fruit, fruit juice drink, salad, raw vegetables
- Cereal Group e.g. bread, pasta
- Dairy Group e.g. milk, cheese or yoghurt
- Protein Group e.g. meat, chicken, fish, egg
Further suggestions for healthy lunches are included below *
- Treats e.g. A biscuit, small chocolate bar or cereal bar, cake, chocolate spread or chocolate yoghurt may only be given on Fridays.
- Strictly not allowed are chewing gum, fizzy drinks, sweets, crisps and nuts (as we have children in the school with severe nut allergies).
- Each year we have a Healthy Eating Week in September where food and diet are studied by each class and reminders about our Healthy Eating Policy are given. Competitions are held around the theme of Healthy Eating and baskets of fresh fruit are awarded as prizes to all classes from First to Sixth. Our Junior and Senior Infants are all given fruit to take home. The Parent’s Association provide an opportunity during this week for the children in every class to sample as many fruits/vegetables and other healthy foods as possible.
*Suggestions for Healthy Lunches
- Breads : Rolls, wholemeal bread, brown bread, pitta bread, flour tortillas, foccacia bread, naan bread, pancakes, ciabatta bread, bagels, scones, wraps
- Cheese: Sliced, grated, cubed, grated, cream cheese, cheese strings, cheese triangles
- Yoghurts : Fruit based yoghurts, fromage frais
- Drinks : Water, milk, fruit juices, smoothies, yoghurt drinks
- Fruit : Whole fruit e.g. banana, sliced apple, peeled oranges, nectarines, kiwis, grapes, melon, homemade fruit salad, fruit chunks in ready to eat packs, dried fruit e.g. raisins
- Vegetables : Sticks of raw carrot or celery, lettuce and tomatoes, cucumber, beans
- Salads : Pasta salad, potato salad, vegetable salad
- Meat and Fish : Chicken, turkey, ham, bacon, beef or lamb, tinned fish e.g.. tuna or sardines
- Snacks : Homemade popcorn
This policy is monitored and reviewed on an annual basis.