Thomas Harding achieved 'Healthy Schools' status in April 2008. We encourage the child to lead a healthy lifestyle by eating healthily, respecting one another and by taking regular exercise.
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As part of our Healthy Schools programme, we are encouraging all pupils to eat healthily, but most importantly, to bring a healthy lunchbox to school.
Pupils are encouraged to eat a piece of fruit or a vegetable as a healthy snack at morning break time and to drink water throughout the day.
“90% of children’s packed lunches contain too much fat, sugar and salt, but small changes can make a big difference.” (NHS website)
Here are our Ten Top Tips to a healthier lunchbox:
Healthy lunches and snacks are important for active children. Eating healthy food helps children concentrate and learn. Recent research has also shown that improving diet can actually alter and improve behaviour. Healthy eating changes are not always easy to make. Try to set a good example with your own lunches. Encourage children to be involved in preparing their own lunch and choosing the foods to include.
The key to a healthy lunchbox is to include a balance of foods from the four main food groups:
Foods in the fifth food group, containing fat and sugar, should be eaten in moderation.
A packed lunch should provide a range of nutrients for children.
Including a wide variety of foods in a lunchbox will provide this range of nutrients and prevent children becoming bored with the same foods. Most importantly, children should look forward to and enjoy their packed lunch in school. Kids can take a while to get used to food changes, so praise them when they try new foods and save unhealthier foods for occasional treats.
Below are some healthy lunchbox suggestions:
Ham and tomato soft brown roll
Portion of grapes
Mousse / yoghurt
Carton of fruit juice
Tuna and sweetcorn salad
Currant bun / fruit slice
Milk / water
Cheese and salad wholemeal bread sandwich
1 packet reduced fat crisps
Bottle flavoured water
3 crackers with low-fat cheese
4 cherry tomatoes
The Foods Standards Agency has carefully put together four weeks of lunch box suggestions, which are nutritionally balanced over each week. Check out the website: www.food.gov.uk