Healthy Eating

 

Kilmagner National School Healthy Eating Policy

Objective

The objective of this policy is to improve the health and well being of all children and staff at Kilmagner N.S. by encouraging healthy eating within the school.

Implementation

The policy will be implemented in accordance with current guidelines from the Department of Health and Children and through the primary school curriculum.

Education

All classes will receive lessons on healthy eating through the S.P.H.E. and Science curriculum.

Special Dietary Needs

Where a child has special dietary needs, these needs supersede the guidelines expressed in this policy.

 

ALERT! 

Pupil with Anaphylaxis in our school! 

There is a child in our school who has a severe allergy to EGGS, NUTS and PEANUTS.   He is also allergic to other common allergens.  If he comes in contact with eggs, nuts/peanuts/Nutella or any other child who has eaten them for their lunch, he could have a life threatening anaphylactic attack.

  • We would appreciate it if you would be guided by the above information when preparing your child’s lunch.
  • We would appreciate it if you could check the labels of your child’s food for these ingredients as even traces of these can be very harmful for the child concerned.
  • Please do not use Nutella in lunches.  It is a high risk food item for this child.

 

Review

This policy will be revised on an ongoing basis.

Guidelines

Good nutrition is essential for school children. Making healthy food choices enables children to attain their optimum growth, development and health potential, maintain high levels of energy, the opportunity to learn and to play during the school day.

 

Steps to a healthy lunch box.

  • Encourage wholemeal or wholegrain varieties of breads, rolls, plain rice crackers, scones and crackers.
  • Use butter or spreads sparingly and use those low in saturated fat.
  • Include salad vegetables in sandwiches and salad boxes, e.g. lettuce, tomato, cucumber, carrot and use vegetable sticks.
  • Include at least one piece of fruit at lunch e.g. apple, orange, banana.
  • Encourage milk or yoghurt with every lunch.
  • Ensure that meat, chicken, fish, or cheese is included as part of lunch.
  • Include a drink at lunch e.g. milk, water, smoothies, unsweetened pure fruit juice or diluted sugar free squash.

List items to be banned:

  • Fizzy drinks
  • Crisps
  • Chewing gum
  • All biscuits
  • Nuts (including peanuts)
  • Chocolate
  • Popcorn
  • Cereal/nutrition bars
  • Confectionary
  • Croissants and Danish Pastry Products
  • Nutella
  • Eggs

 

Treat:

These eating guidelines will be implemented from Monday – Thursday incl. with 1 treat from the banned food list (excluding nuts, peanuts, chewing gum fizzy drinks, and eggs) allowed on Fridays.