As a Healthy School, we have got rid of all snacks except fruit (KS1) and we now only serve wholemeal toast at break time. The school lunches which we provide are in line with Lancashire CC recommendations for nutrition.
Most of our junior pupils opt for a packed lunch at dinner time. This means that it is your responsibility to provide a lunch which is tempting and nutritious-and we know that this can be a challenge.
Unfortunately, we have noticed that many lunches provided from home mainly consist of unhealthy snacks with low nutritional content. –chocolate, biscuits, cakes, sugary drinks, sweets-all of these are treats and should be eaten as such, every now and then, not every day. It’s all about getting into good habits- do you reach for a piece of fruit for a snack, or reach for a biscuit?
This term we are launching our Healthy Lunch Box Campaign. We really need your help to make a difference to your child’s life, health and happiness. We are asking you to adhere to the following rules for provision of a healthy lunch for your child.
Healthy drink or drink water from school
No sweets or chocolate bars
A small cake or biscuit occasionally- for a treat
Provide a healthy sandwich/wrap/salad/ dip and breadsticks/soup in a flask
Provide a piece of fruit/carrot/cucumber sticks
Provide a yogurt/ fruit pot
A few crisps or similar snack, but not every day
We will be holding a competition for the children about designing a healthy lunchbox and we will be rewarding children for having a healthy lunch box and for eating more fruit and vegetables.
Children’s lunchboxes are surveyed periodically by the student councillors, so that we can get a snapshot of the situation, but no individuals are highlighted and children may be unaware it is happening. Tips and ideas will be put on the school website with suggestions as to what food you could include. There are some ideas are on the reverse of this letter.
We are aware how tricky it is to feed a child who may be a fussy eater, and want to help if we can. Thanks for your support and cooperation with this very important issue.
Click here to see examples of what a Healthy Lunch Box could look like.