Healthy Eating Policy

At Scoil Bhríde we recognise the importance of a healthy lifestyle and diet. A healthy diet is essential for maintaining and protecting children’s health, for ensuring they perform to their full potential during the school day (both academically and physically) and for their growth and development. Our aim is to help them establish a healthy lifestyle that will continue into adulthood.

BENEFITS OF HEALTHY EATING

  • Helps young people develop, grow and do well in school.
  • Prevents childhood and adolescent health problems, such as obesity, eating disorders, tooth decay and anaemia.
  • May help prevent health problems later in life.
  • Establishing healthy eating habits at a young age is critical because changing poor eating patterns in adulthood can be difficult.
  • Sitting down to lunch/meals with other children is an important part of a child’s social education. Break time allows children chat and talk while eating.

BALANCED DIET

To ensure a balance diet, foods from each of the following food groups should be included in meals:

  • Bread, cereal and potatoes
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Milk and dairy foods
  • Meat, fish and alternatives
  • Small amounts of foods containing fat and sugar

A healthy diet is one that allows for a balance of different foods that sustain the well-being of the individual. Different lifestyles result in different needs and individuals need to be aware of these and the effects of different foods on their bodies. A healthy balanced diet may vary between individuals from different cultural, ethnic and social backgrounds.

Only balanced lunches/snacks are to be eaten during the day. The following foods may be included in lunches/snacks: Sandwiches, fruit, vegetables and cheese . To drink we allow water, fruit juices and milk. Fizzy drinks, popcorn, crisps, sweets, chocolate or chocolate biscuits are not allowed in school. Foods with artificial additives or high sugar content are not encouraged. Chewing gum is strictly forbidden.