Scoil Naomh Áine, Rathgarogue, New Ross, Co. Wexford
Healthy Eating Policy
This Policy has been developed to further the promotion of Health in Scoil Naomh Áine. The existing policy was reviewed in April and May 2016 following collaboration with parents, pupils and staff. Research indicates a strong link between diet and performance. A healthy diet promotes concentration, protects teeth, lessens hyperactivity and reduces health risks such as obesity and other health related issues.
As part of the Social, Personal and Health Education (S.P.H.E) programme we encourage the children to become more aware of the need for healthy food in their lives.
As a Primary school we are encouraged by the Department of Education and Skills as well as the Department of Health to promote healthy eating amongst our pupils. We are asked to contribute to the realisation of a healthy active population and heightening the awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Recent research has highlighted disturbing trends including an increase in childhood obesity and diabetes. Therefore our policy and government guidelines are both timely and critical for the health and development of children.
Aims and objectives:
The aim of this policy is to:
• Promote nutritional awareness of the importance of a balanced diet
• Positively affect healthy eating among school age children
• Raise levels of concentration within classes through the consumption of healthy food
• Support long-
about food and nutrition
A healthy lunch is one packed full of goodness. Children need a wide variety of foods to help them grow, learn and play. A healthy lunchbox is an important part of the school day. The food pyramid is a useful tool to help us ensure a healthy, balanced lunchbox. The following are the suggested servings for lunch as based on the food pyramid:
TOP SHELF Sparingly
MEAT, FISH & ALTERNATIVES 1 serving
MILK, CHEESE YOGURT 1 serving
FRUIT & VEGETABLES 1 or more serving
BREAD, CEREALS & POTATOES 2 or more servings
Snacks for small break:
Pots of yogurt – plain or fruit
Plain rice cakes
Breadsticks and crackers with hummus
Fruit – apples, oranges, banana, kiwi, berries, grapes, melon, dried fruits, pineapple, grapefruit etc
Chopped vegetables – carrots, celery, peppers, cucumber etc
Examples of healthy lunches – ideas for each of the food groups
Sliced bread, wraps, rolls, pitta breads, tortillas, bagels, crackers, pasta, spaghetti, rice, rice cakes, bread sticks, oat cakes, cous cous
Fruit and vegetable group:
Vegetables cooked or raw e.g. cucumber, carrots, celery, peppers, hummus, broccoli
Salad vegetables e.g. lettuce, tomato, cucumber, sweet corn, spinach, salad leaves, coleslaw
Milk, cheese, yogurt:
Pots of yogurt – natural or fruit, cheese – slices, grated or cubed
Meat, fish and alternatives:
Sliced meats – ham, turkey, chicken, salami, tuna, salmon, egg,
All nuts and nut containing products (due to students with serious allergies)
Chocolate (in any form including chocolate spreads)
Sweets – including winders
Tubes of yogurt
If children bring in any foods from the ‘banned list’ they will be asked to take them home.
Information to note:
Children are asked not to swop lunches.
We are trying to reduce the amount of waste in the school as we are a ‘Green School’ so we ask parents to please try and reduce the amount of packaging in your child’s lunch box or use re-
There is a total ban on nuts and nut products in the school due to serious allergies of some of our pupils. We ask you to be vigilant in the following:
Avoid any type of nuts in school lunches
Avoid peanut butter and spreads such as Nutella
Nut based breads or any food containing nuts
Parents/guardians of any child with a medical condition which requires a special diet should ensure they inform the school in writing.
Promotion of physical activity:
In June 2015 we were awarded our Active Schools Flag for our work on becoming an active school.
Each year we now participate in Active schools week.
One teacher attended the ‘Health Promoting Schools’ training day in May 2016.
The school evaluates the success of the policy through;
a) Feedback from all staff
b) Feedback from parents and children
c) Evidence of positive and healthy attitudes towards food
Ratification and Review
This policy was ratified by the Board of Management on the 21st June 2016 and will be implemented from September 2016. This policy will be reviewed in 3 years time.