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Healthy Lunch Policy

HEALTHY LUNCH POLICY

Rationale

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. We would like all our children to understand that:

  • You start the day right with a healthy breakfast
  • As so much time is spent at school during the day it is important to obtain 1/3 of your daily nutrients during school time.
  • That healthy food provides many benefits including ;
  1. Concentration for school
  2. Shiny hair, healthy teeth and clear skin
  3. Energy to play and participate in sports.

Objectives

  • To ensure that we are giving consistent messages about food and health.
  • To give our pupils the information they need to make healthy choices.
  • To promote health awareness and encourage all our children to eat healthily.
  • To enhance awareness of our Green School programme

Healthy lunch suggestions

Lunches should be composed of a variety of foods and include at least one item from the different food groups. For example there should be something in the lunch box from:

1. Fruit and vegetable group

Some typical choices are a whole fruit, a fruit juice drink, vegetable soup, salad, or cooked/raw vegetables.

2. Cereal group

Foods such as bread, rice, pasta, potatoes, bagels, pancakes or pitta bread.

3. Dairy group

Milk, cheese or yoghurt.

4. Protein-rich food

Meat, chicken, fish, egg, beans, peas, lentils or cheese.

As a helpful guide ; The following foods are not allowed:

  • Crisps
  • Cereal bars
  • Winders
  • Pringles
  • Sweets
  • Tortillas
  • Gum
  • Popcorn
  • Toffee
  • Nuts ( any kind )
  • Fudge
  • Cans of fizzy drinks
  • Croissants
  • Sports drinks Danish pastries
  • Chocolate
  • Doughnuts
  • Muffins

The following foods are suitable for lunches:

  • Whole fresh fruit
  • Fruit juice
  • Soup and tea (Age appropriate parents’ discretion)
  • Batons of raw vegetables
  • Salad vegetables in sandwiches Wraps and Rolls
  • Homemade fruit salad
  • Fruit chunks in ready to peel packs
  • Sandwiches
  • Crackers
  • Bread sticks
  • Rice cakes
  • Flour tortillas (wraps)
  • Ciabatta bread
  • Foccacia bread
  • Pitta bread
  • Naan bread
  • Bagels
  • Pancakes
  • Plain biscuits
  • Pasta salad
  • Rice salad
  • Potato salad
  • Bean salad
  • Couscous
  • Oatcakes
  • Yoghurt pots (Age appropriate parents’ discretion)
  • Yoghurt drinks (Age appropriate parents’ discretion)
  • Cheese (sliced/grated/cubed/cream)
  • Cheese strings
  • Cheese triangles
  • Milk
  • Smoothies
  • Fromage frais (Age appropriate parents’ discretion)
  • Tinned fish in brine
  • Ham
  • Egg
  • Cheese
  • Chicken
  • Turkey
  • Frubes (Age appropriate parents’ discretion)
  • Madeira cake
  • Scones
  • Plain/Currant buns
  • Flapjacks

Green schools guidelines in relation to lunches

Our Green School Motto is

  • Lets be keen, lets be green, lets keep Emo clean.

Don’t be lazy -Be environmentally crazy

In order to achieve and maintain a Green Flag for Emo N.S. we must clearly show we are Reducing-Re-using and Re-Cycling.

  • All children need a lunch box/bag and a re-usable drinks bottle ie no drink cartons.
  • Tinfoil and cling film are not permitted in lunch boxes. Paper /paper towels, re-usable lunch bags or a small container are suitable alternatives .

Roles and Responsibilities:

Role of Parents

  • Provide a healthy well-balanced lunch for children
  • Encourage healthy eating
  • Inform the school in writing of any child’s special dietary needs.
  • To implement school policy by not allowing their children to bring foods or drinks from the unsuitable foods list above.
  • To follow the Green Schools guidelines above.

Role of Children

  • To eat their lunch
  • To bring home any uneaten lunch
  • To help make their lunches and remind parents of the Healthy Lunch Policy.
  • To implement school policy by bringing foods or drinks from the unsuitable foods list above.
  • To follow the Green Schools guidelines above.

Role of School

 

  • To provide a consistent programme of cross-curricular nutrition education.
  • To promote and encourage healthy eating.
  • To provide adequate time for children to eat their lunch.
  • To implement school policy by not allowing children to consume foods or drinks from the unsuitable foods list above.
  • To arrange for a guest speaker to advise pupils on diet, healthy lifestyle etc.
  • Teachers will continue to reward improvements in good work and behaviour with healthy treats.
  • If children present at school without a lunch parents will be contacted by phone.

Implementation:

This revised policy will be implemented from Monday 9th March 2009 .