Healthy Eating Policy
The original policy was formulated by the staff of St. Patrick’s NS in 2007. This policy was reviewed in October 2013 and again in October 2016 in consultation with staff, parents and the Board of Management. Finally this reviewed policy was ratified on November 14th 2016.
A healthy lunch box includes:
Healthy snack options (Lower in sugar and fat)
Foods from the top tier of the food pyramid should not be included in your child’s lunchbox.
Sometimes it can be difficult to think of alternatives to these. Here are some tasty alternatives.
Healthy choices of drink include water, milk and unsweetened natural juice. Children should be encouraged to use re-useable containers for safety and litter reasons. Cans and glass bottles are not permitted. According to the HSE; “there are no recommendations for the amount of water or other fluids children need. However, like adults, to stay healthy it is important for children to replace the water they lose to prevent dehydration. It is also important to remember that children will lose more water in hotter climates and when they have been physically active.” http://www.hse.ie/eng/health/az/D/Dehydration/