Healthy Eating Guidelines For Schools
Information and resources for primary and secondary schools about how they can promote healthy eating habits at school.
A school can’t work alone to help children become healthy, active people. Kids can get confused when parents, teachers and other adults say and do different things.
That’s why a healthy school community involves teachers, parents and the community, and sends children the same message in the home, school, and out in society.
So, as a parent, you have a very important role to play. Parents can, and already do, make a huge difference in the health of a school community.
Here are some ideas on how you can contribute to healthy eating at your child’s school.
If you’re asked to send food to school for an event, provide healthy options, like a fruit or a vegie sticks platter.
Right Bite was developed to make sure that healthy food and drink choices are available and promoted in South Australian schools (including both primary and secondary) and preschools.
Catholic and independent schools might not follow the Right Bite strategy, but can still have a healthy canteen.
Children need to get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day. And don’t forget; we adults need at least 30 minutes every day.
Try these ideas to help you, your kids and your school community get active:
Being active and physical education is very important . It can provide the knowledge, skills and attitudes for students to be active long after their schooling is over.
The school parent council may be able to raise funds or advocate for a school environment that supports students to be active – like playgrounds and ovals to encourage activity and equipment for students.
As a parent, you know that your children watch what you say and do very carefully and your words and actions can be picked up quickly and easily. Even though this can be frustrating, keep in mind that children learn by watching and copying the behaviour of others.
When you practice healthy behaviours in your own life, you are setting a good example for your children to become healthy, active adults. Don’t worry about being “perfect,” just aim to be consistent.
So set a good example for your children and make healthy choices every day. There’s an added benefit, too… A healthier you!