In your child’s health bag, taken home at the end of Health Week, was a copy of the new Healthy Packed Lunch Guidance.
The guidance has been produced following:
- Consultations with parents, carers, governors, staff and children through questionnaires and Health and Wellbeing Development Group meetings
- A survey of packed lunches (May 2010)
- Advice from Education Leeds and the School Food Trust
Prior to the introduction of this guidance the children have been taking part in a variety of activities and curriculum sessions on promoting healthier packed lunches:
- Some of our current Year 4 and Year 5 pupils attended a Harvester restaurant in June 2010 to take part in their Fantastic Food session
- Curriculum sessions have included using the Eat Well Plate to design a balanced packed lunch, ICT nutrition programmes, trying a variety of fruit and vegetables, some for the first time, and preparing and serving dishes for packed lunches
- Promotion of healthy eating as part of our Health Week including visits to Allerton Grange Food Technology Department, Activ-Eat Health Education Programme from BUPA and the healthy food fairs
From this work we have already seen positive changes in some of our pupil’s packed lunches and we will continue to work with children to help them to understand the benefits that healthier eating will bring them.
Children are rewarded for making healthy choices in their packed lunch using stickers and also certificates designed by the pupil Health and Wellbeing Development Group.
Once the guidance has been established a second survey will be carried out to assess its impact and results will be available and discussed at forthcoming Health and Wellbeing Development Group meetings.
We hope you will find our Packed Lunch Guidance informative and if you have any comments or questions please do contact me. The guidance can also be downloaded from the Find out (Food) section of the website.