Plant Fruit and Vegetables in your lunch

Overview: Eltham North Primary has a Fruit and Vegetable Snack Time. At 10.00 am all students are able to eat a healthy snack while working. Students bring their food in a lunch box and take home remaining contents at the end of day. Special purpose bins are placed outside each classroom to collect food waste, recyclables and general waste. Special Healthy Fruit days are incorporated ie Kiwi Fruit Tasting day, An Apple a day. Newsletter articles are regularly communicated promoting the Healthy Fruit & Veg program. The school website is also used to provide hints, recipes about healthy foods. Activities held during Fruit and Veg Week (term 3) promote the eating of fresh fruit and vegetables.

Children need to eat more fruit and vegetables

Fruit and vegetables are excellent sources of vitamins, minerals and fibre required for healthy bones, teeth, skin, eyes and digestion. They protect against overweight and obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers.

Packing ‘healthy learning lunchboxes’ full of fruit and vegetables is a great way to help meet the 2 Fruit + 5 Veg daily recommended serves. Many parents wonder what is a serve of fruit or vegetables for children of different ages. The best measuring cup to use is your child’s hand. One serve equals a ‘handful’. You can count out serves with your child based on the size of your child’s hand. As your child grows, so does their need for larger serves of fruit and vegetables.

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