Healthy Eating Policy

Introductory Statement

This policy was developed on 10th March 2018 by the staff of Scoil Mhuire agus Iosaf

Rationale

We focused on this policy to support parents and pupils around developing healthy eating habits at an early age. This policy is linked to:

  • SPHE – Taking Care of My Body, Food Nutrition and Making Choices
  • Science – Myself – Human Life Processes

Mission Statement

To promote life-long education of healthy eating for mind and body.

Objectives/Aims

  • To help children improve concentration, learning and energy levels.
  • To support parents and children in making healthy decisions around food.
  • To develop nutritional awareness i.e. ingredients in food.
  • To support the school’s environment policy – reusable containers, minimize wrappers.

Guidelines

Permitted lunches

The School Lunch Scheme is in place in our school and parents are responsible for what is ordered for their child. Fresh Today who are supplying the lunches have lots of healthy snack options on their menus.

Drinks

Milk, water, diluted squash (preferably sugar free), unsweetened fruit juice, smoothies, vegetable juices.

Healthy Snacks

Crackers, breadsticks, yogurts, cheese, chopped vegetables (peppers, carrots, sugar snap peas), dried fruit and fresh fruit such as apples, bananas, oranges, pears, kiwis, plums, grapes, berries, pineapple chunks, melon.

Main Lunch

  • Sandwiches, rolls, pitta bread, bagels, wraps etc with a variety of fillings e.g. tuna, cold meats, egg, cheese, hummus, cucumber, peppers, salad, coleslaw, banana.
  • Rice cakes, oat crackers, crackers, scones
  • Pasta salad.

Treat Day

Friday is our treat day.

Chocolate spread & jam are allowed on Fridays only due to the high sugar and/or fat content.

Alternatively children will be given the option of bringing one small treat as part of their lunch on this day if they do not use the above sandwich fillings.

Example of suitable treats include:

  • A fun size bar
  • 1 biscuit
  • Popcorn
  • A cereal bar
  • Mini croissant
  • Funsize bag of sweets e.g. Haribos

Foods not allowed

Due to the mess they make in the classroom and to children’s uniforms, the following foods are not permitted.

  • All fizzy drinks
  • Crisps
  • Chewing gum
  • Lollipops (Due to choking hazard)

Promotion of the Policy

  • All classes will receive a minimum of two lessons per year on healthy eating through the SPHE/Science curriculum.
  • Special recognition/rewards may be given from time to time for pupils making extra effort to implement and promote this policy.
  • All parents will receive a copy of the policy which should be signed and returned to the school.
  • The school will hold a healthy eating week each year during which guest speakers will talk to the children about the importance of a healthy diet. Healthy eating will be incorporated in all subject areas for the week.
  • Teachers will lead by example with their lunch choices.
  • Teachers will monitor the lunch boxes in their own classes, commending healthy lunch choices and identifying any unsuitable lunch items.

Timeframe for Implementation

Each family will receive a copy of the policy before June 2018. The policy will be implemented and promoted during June 2018 and September 2018. The implementation of the policy will be reviewed in October 2018

Time frame for Review

This policy will be reviewed in November 2018 based on information gathered through surveying parents and pupils.

Ratification and Communication

This policy was updated and ratified by the Board of Management on __September 23rd 2019__. It will be reviewed in 2021.

**Signed:

The Principal and The Chairperson, Board of Management

** Please note a signed copy of this document is available at the school