Healthy snacks and lunchboxes
As you will be aware from recent newsletters, we are trying to encourage healthy eating habits among the children and request your support in this.
I'm conscious that, like me, many families will do their weekly food shop at the weekend, so it may be helpful for you to have the following information.
Our Healthy Eating Policy is awaiting ratification by the Full Governing Body at the next meeting.
The headlines are:
- breaktime snacks need to be a piece of fresh fruit or vegetables - any sized portion
In the policy we refer to the NHS Eat Well Guide, which explains that dried fruit can be high in sugar and therefore increase the risk of tooth decay; it is fine to be eaten as part of a meal but when it is a snack between meals it means teeth are subject to a "sugar attack". The same applies to products advertised as 100% fruit; these are usually from concentrate and also contain added sugar. They can be part of a meal (i.e. in a lunchbox) but not a mid-morning snack.
- lunchboxes should contain a balanced meal, with limited sweet/fatty treats (cakes, biscuits, crisps)
- fizzy drinks, chocolate bars and sweets are not allowed
Once ratified, the policy will be available on the school website and, as with all our school policies, paper copies will be available upon request.
Thank you, as always, for your support and understanding in trying to help our children develop healthy habits for life.