Students who eat well and are physically active have better:
cognitive performance (for example, memory)
attention span and on-task behaviour
Better Health = Better Learning
No matter what age, healthy students learn better. Children and young people are more likely to do well at school when they:
have regular healthy meals and snacks
drink plenty of water
are physically active every day
sleep for at least eight hours and
feel positive about their learning.
Our kids spend around 200 days per year at school, for 12 years. Making schools an important place for children to learn and practice healthy lifestyles.Learning and developing the skills needed to make healthy choices enables students to make informed decisions about their health and wellbeing later in life and become healthy, active adults.
Healthy School Communities
It is not just about what happens in the classroom but the whole school environment; the social and physical environment; teaching and learning; school policy; and partnerships and services. A healthy school community involves everyone, including students, teachers, parents, and community members to promote healthy eating and being active. By involving all of these partners, children receive the same messages in the home, school, and community
Healthy school communities are those which:
have a whole school food policy, ensuring healthy food and drink options are available and promoted in school canteens and vending machines
have a supportive eating environment that encourages positive social interaction
promote and provide cool, clean water
use non-food rewards
encourage healthy fundraising
have a whole-school physical activity policy
develop partnerships with the wider community, for example sporting clubs and community gardens
encourage students, parents/carers and staff to walk or ride to school under safe conditions
give parents/carers the opportunity to be involved in the planning and delivery of physical activity opportunities
ensure that there is appropriate training provided for those involved in providing physical activities
provide opportunities for all pupils to participate in a broad range of extra curricular activities that promote physical activity
integrate health and physical education across the curriculum
promote nutrition education to parents and the wider community
schedule appropriate levels of physical education and physical activity
educate students about a balanced diet and how to plan, budget, prepare and cook meals, including understanding the need to avoid eating foods that are high in salt, sugar and fat, while eating more fruit and vegetables.
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