The 2017 Healthy Schools Canteen Strategy which was introduced by the State Government to promote freshly made food to school children has excited many parents in the new school year.
Nutritionist Jenny Boss is passionate about the healthy eating habits of children and shares her advice on her website and local school newsletters. Jenny shares many tips and tricks for parents on lunchables, breakfast bars and easy to go lunchbox snacks which are typically filled with refined sugars, trans fatty acids and food chemicals. “There are a lot of misconceptions out there about pre-packaged food items being labelled as healthy which I think parents need to know about,” she states.
Georgette Alha is a mother of two primary school children who often orders from the school canteen due to her busy schedule. She says, “I would not order from the canteen if there weren’t healthy food options so I think this strategy has been a long time coming.”
The Australian National Children’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey shows
- almost 3 children in every 5 don’t eat enough fruit
- less than 1 child in 5 eats enough vegetable
- more than half of children aged between 9 and 13 fall short on their dietary calcium intake
- all children consume far too much sodium salt
- 4 in every 5 children eat too much saturated fat, and close to 20% of children aged between 6 and 11 consume more kilojoules (calories) than they probably need.
In an article on http://www.abc.net.au, New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian says “I think it’s really important to educate children as to the healthier options and also to present them in a very enticing way.” For many busy parents on the go convenience seems like the only option however, with simple everyday changes a little can go a long way.
Video: Youtube Healthy Eating for kids.
By: Monica Fainu