Healthy Eating Policy of Saint Luke's National School
It is a priority within Saint Luke's National School to promote healthy eating in school. Children learn and develop better when eating a healthy well balanced diet. When eating foods with high sugar contents children lack concentration and are unsettled in their work. It is important to help the children identify healthy foods and become aware of the benefits of eating a balanced diet. Every child should bring packed lunch to school each day. Children are supervised while eating their lunch. Children's lunches should include a selection of the following foods:
- Cheese Strings
- Chopped vegetables
- Fruit Juice
- Yoghurt drinks
Children are strongly encouraged not to drink fizzy or high sugar content drinks.
Cereal bars, chocolate and sweets are not recommended due to the high sugar content.
Nutritionists recommend that growing children need at least five pieces of fruit and vegetables a day. We therefore encourage children to eat at least two pieces of fruit and vegetables as part of their school lunch. It is also recommended that children drink more than five glasses of water each day. Calcium is important for children's teeth and bones. Children need at lease five portions of calcium daily. Milk, cheese and yoghurt are good sources of calcium.