St. Oliver Plunkett’s
HEALTHY EATING POLICY
St. Oliver Plunkett’s National School, Balrothery aims to help all those involved in the school community, (children, staff, and parents) to develop positive and responsible attitudes to eating, and to appreciate the contribution that good food makes to ones health.
Nutrition: 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).
A very simple approach to healthy eating is to use the Food Pyramid
Sugar /Sweets etc. Sparingly
Meat / Fish / Peas / Beans 2 portions per day
Milk/ Cheese / Yoghurt 3+ portions per day
Fruit & Vegetables 4+ portions per day
Bread, Cereals & Potatoes 6+portions per day
The following guide is designed to help you provide quick, appetizing, and nutritious lunches for your children.
Bread & Alternatives Savories
Bread or rolls, preferably Lean Meat
Rice – wholegrain Chicken/Turkey
Pasta – wholegrain Tinned Fish - e.g. tuna/sardines
Potato Salad Cheese / Quiche / Pizza.
DRINKS: HEALTHY SNACKS:
Milk, fruit, scones/fruitcake,
Water, cheese, cheesestrings
Diluted sugar free squash, crackers, vegetable sticks,
Unsweetened fruit juice. plain biscuits, dried fruit/nuts,
Sandwiches, rolls, pitta bread, etc with a variety of healthy fillings,
Fruit / Vegetables
All pupils have a fruit break in class each day.
FOODS NOT ALLOWED:
Chocolate products - sweets
Cereal bars - crisps (or crisp type snack)
Chewing gum - bars
Fruit winders - popcorn
ALL snacks known to be high in sugar, saturated fat, salt, additives and preservatives.
Green Flag School
With this in mind, children are also asked to do the following:
All uneaten food, silver paper, wrappings, containers and cartons are to be taken home in lunchboxes.
Only fruit peel to be put into the schools compost bins.
For safety reasons, cans and glass are not permitted.
N.B. Parents/guardians of any child with a medical condition which requires a special diet should contact the school.
Approved by the Board of Management