School Nutritionist

The Eatwell Plate

For most students the school day puts increased demands on concentration spans and possibly increased amounts of physical education activities - so special attention to nutritional needs is recommended. It is important for students to eat a healthy, balanced, diet – including breakfast - to provide the nutrition required to maintain their stamina and concentration levels throughout the day.

 

Option Type Details

1

Lunch of the Day (Ticket)

The School Menu is published monthly on the Homepage of the School website.

2

Packed Lunch

Students bring their lunch from home. As energy levels peak when they are in School, it is important that the food is healthy, something that they enjoy, and portions should be appropriate for each child - so that they eat sufficiently. The School provides a service for heating food. Students are required to bring cutlery inside their clearly labelled lunch box (place mat, glass or bottle flask,fork and spoon).

Recommendations for Lunchboxes: SAVOURY: Sufficient quantities of the following nutrients: proteins (meat, Chicken, egg, tuna), carbohydrates (potatoes, pasta, rice, cooked vegetable and fresh fruits), always be aware of the fat and salt content of the food. Opt for home-made food (roast meat,diced chicken, rice with tuna, pasties and breaded-beef steak cooked in the oven, cooked salads or cherry tomatoes). SWEET: seasonal fruits, milk desserts, cereal bars.

Please avoid sweetened soft drinks or carbonated drinks, chocolate, sweets,and high-salt or fatty foods including processed ready meals with a high salt or fat content. Packaging - It is important to choose the appropriate packaging/container for each type of food, which should allow for heating in the microwave oven, if required. If possible, a good option would be to include a refrigerated drink inside the packed lunch to help keep the food fresh, or a cool pack, especially during hot weather.

3

Home

Students have the option to go home for lunch with the appropriate permission authorisation. Click here to read the policy

 

Sports and Energy Drinks

Sports and energy drinks are being marketed to children and adolescents for a wide variety of inappropriate uses. Sports drinks and energy drinks are significantly different products, and the terms should not be used interchangeably. The primary objectives of this clinical report are to define the ingredients of sports and energy drinks, categorize the similarities and differences between the products, and discuss misuses and abuses.

Secondary objectives are to encourage screening during annual physical examinations for sports and energy drink use, to understand the reasons why youth consumption is widespread, and to improve education aimed at decreasing or eliminating the inappropriate use of these beverages by children and adolescents. Rigorous review and analysis of the literature reveal that caffeine and other stimulant substances contained in energy drinks have no place in the diet of children and adolescents. Furthermore, frequent or excessive intake of caloric sports drinks can substantially increase the risk for overweight or obesity in children and adolescents. Discussion regarding the appropriate use of sports drinks in the youth athlete who participates regularly in endurance or high-intensity sports and vigorous physical activity is beyond the scope of this report.

To read the full report from the American Academy of Pediatrics click on the pdf link below.

 

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