Healthy Eating Policy

HEALTHY EATING POLICY

 

INTRODUCTORY STATEMENT

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.

 

RATIONALE

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.

AIMS

We hope to:

  • Ÿ  Heighten an awareness of the importance of a balanced diet
  • Ÿ  Encourage the children to make wise choices about food and nutrition
  • Ÿ  To show children the benefits of healthy eating ie. concentration/energy levels etc

 

The following foods are recommended

Sandwiches                             Milk 

Scones                                    Water

Fruit                                         Fruit juice

Natural Popcorn                     Diluted drinks

Yoghurt                      

Cheese

Raisins

Vegetables

Crackers

 

The following foods are not allowed

Nuts

Sweets                Chocolate /Any chocolate based foods             

Bars                    Buns/Croissants /Pastries/Cakes               Fruit Winders

Biscuits             

Cereal bars           

 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

Exceptions are made for children with medical conditions, school outings, school celebrations.

 

 

HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT

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.

 

Implementation

This policy will be effective from September 2012

Review date: June 2015

Ratification:

 

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