Bunscoil Bhríde, Rathangan, Co. Kildare
Healthy Eating Policy
As part of the Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) Programme at Bunscoil Bhríde 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 introduced a healthy eating policy starting from September 2012.
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 milk and sandwiches 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 is a guide, designed to help you provide quick, appetising, and nutritious lunches for your children
Bread or rolls, preferably wholemeal Lean Meat
Rice – wholegrain Chicken/Turkey
Pasta – wholegrain Tinned Fish e.g. tuna/sardines
Wholemeal Scones Cheese
Pitta bread Yoghurt
Bread sticks Potato Salad
Apples, Banana, Peach Milk
Mandarins, Orange segments, Water
Fruit Salad, dried fruit, Squashes, i.e. low sugar (diluted drinks)
Plum, Pineapple cubes
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:
A very simple approach to healthy eating is to use the Food Pyramid:
Green Flag School
Our green school motto is:
‘GET GREEN, KEEP GREEN, MAKE IT INTO A REGULAR ROUTINE!’
With this in mind, children are also asked to:
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.
Allergies in our school: Because we currently have children in the school who have a severe nut allergy, nuts and nut products e.g. Nutella and nut butters are strictly prohibited.
N.B. Parents/guardians of any child with a medical condition which requires a special diet should contact the school.
This policy was reviewed by the teachers and Parents’ Association of Bunscoil Bhríde and ratified by the Board of Management in September 2012. It is regularly reviewed every three years or as the need arises.