HEALTHY EATING POLICY
This policy was formulated in consultation with teachers, pupils and parents in June 2005. A questionnaire was sent to the parents seeking their views or suggestions. The Parents Association were informed of the responses to the questionnaire. A draft policy was presented to the Parents Association. The policy was ratified by the Board of Management.
This policy was reviewed in 2012 after a survey was carried out among the staff and pupils (1st class to 6th) in our school.
This policy was formulated to encourage the children to incorporate healthy eating into their lifestyle. The school is currently participating in the Health Promotions Schools Initiative organised by H.S.E Cork.
We hope to:
- Heighten an awareness of the importance of a balanced diet
- Encourage the children to make wise choices about food and nutrition
- To show children the benefits of healthy eating ie. concentration/energy levels etc
The following foods are recommended
Fruit Fruit juice
Natural Popcorn Diluted drinks
The following foods are not allowed
Sweets Chocolate /Any chocolate based foods
Bars Buns/Croissants /Pastries/Cakes Fruit Winders
However, on Friday one treat may be picked from the above list and brought to school as part of lunch, if parents wish.
As in our previous policy fizzy/energy drinks, crisps, lollipops and chewing gum may not be included as a Friday treat
Exceptions are made for children with medical conditions, school outings, school celebrations.
Lunches are eaten indoors. All leftovers and wrappers are taken home. By doing this parents can monitor their child’s eating habits. It also helps to promote our GREEN SCHOOLS project on reducing waste.
PROMOTION OF POLICY
The policy will be promoted by each teacher.
The success of the policy will largely depend on the support and co-operation of parents.
All parents will receive a copy of the healthy eating policy. Parents will be informed of any changes, reviews or projects undertaken as part of the Health Promoting School
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITY
Úna Meehan is the co-ordinator of Health Promoting School. The teachers will implement this policy with the support of the pupils and parents.
It will be monitored on a continuing basis.
This policy will be effective from September 2012
Review date: June 2015