Healthy Eating Policy

As part of the Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) Programme and in conjunction
with the Food Dudes Healthy Eating Programme and our Active Flag campaign at Kilbeg
National School 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 will introduce a healthy eating policy
starting from April 2015

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

Objectives
1. To enable the child to appreciate the importance of good nutrition for growing and
developing and staying healthy
2. 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 sandwiches and fruit 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 

  • Bread or rolls, preferably wholemeal
  • Rice preferably wholegrain
  • Pasta preferably wholegrain
  • Potato Salad
  • Wholemeal Scones
  • Bread sticks
  • Crackers
  • Pitta bread

Savouries

  •  Lean Meat
  • Chicken/Turkey
  • Tinned Fish e.g. tuna/sardines
  • Cheese
  • Quiche
  • Pizza

Fruit and Vegetables

Apples, Banana, Peach, Plum, Pineapple cubes, Grapes, Cucumber, Sweetcorn, Tomato, Coleslaw, Fruit Salad, Dried fruit, Mandarins, Orange segments.

More Ideas
The Healthy Lunchboxes pamphlet is further supported by a web site www.safefood.eu
More ideas can be found at www.netmums.com/family-food/food-for-kids/lunchbox-ideas

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)
  • Sweets
  • Chocolate biscuits/bars
  • Cereal bars
  • Chewing gum
  • Fruit winders
  • Salted popcorn.

So as to take a proactive approach to healthy lunches, teachers will from time to time, reward
children who can show a piece of fruit or other healthy foods in their lunchboxes.
A very simple approach to healthy eating is to use the Food Pyramid:

Fats
Sugar
Sweets etc.
Sparingly
Meat, Fish
Peas/Beans
2 portions per day
Milk, Cheese
Yoghurt
3+ portions per day
Fruit & Vegetables 4+ portions per day
Bread, Cereals & Potatoes 6+ portions per day

Continued Good Practice
A number of years ago it was decided that water would be the only drink permitted in school.
Water fountains providing filtered water to the children were installed. Parents were, and
continue to be very supportive of this initiative.

This year, due to a pupil having a nut allergy,
you were asked not to send nuts or food containing nuts to school and again your support is
much appreciated.

Treat Day
Friday will be our treat day. On this day, children can include one small food item from the
“not allowed” list. Please note Chewing Gum is never allowed. Children may also be allowed
to have a treat day at end of term parties or other “Special Days.”

Roles and Responsibilities:
Role of Parents:

  • Provide a healthy well-balanced lunch for children
  • Encourage healthy eating
  • Inform the school of any child‟s special dietary needs
  • To implement school policy by not allowing their children to bring Crisps (including crisp-style
    snacks), Sweets, Chocolate biscuits/bars, Cereal bars, Chewing gum, Fruit winders or Salted
    popcorn to school.

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
  • Not to bring chewing gum, crisps, chocolate bars or candy to school

Role of School:

  • To promote and encourage healthy eating.

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