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Why Bother With Breakfast?

You probably heard it before but Breakfast IS the most important meal of the day.

Breakfast is a great way to give the body the refueling it needs. Children who eat breakfast tend to eat healthier overall and are more likely to participate in physical activities — two great ways to help maintain a healthy weight.

Skipping breakfast can make children feel tired, restless, or irritable. In the morning, their bodies need to refuel for the day ahead after going without food for 8 to 12 hours during sleep. Their mood and energy can drop by mid-morning if they don't eat at least a small morning meal..

Breakfast Brain Power

It's important for kids to have breakfast every day, but what they eat in the morning is crucial too. Choosing breakfast foods that are rich in whole grains, fibre, and protein while low in added sugar may boost children’s' attention span, concentration, and memory — which they need to learn in school.

Crunch and Sip

Different coloured vegetables and fruit provide different vitamins and minerals. This helps give children the right balance of nutrients for good health. Eat a rainbow!

VEGETABLES

  1.    Red – red capsicum, cherry tomatoes, radishes
  2.    Orange and yellow – carrot, yellow tomatoes, corn, orange and yellow capsicum
  3.    Green – celery, cucumber, snow peas, sugar snap peas, broccoli, green capsicum, peas,                        
  4.    avocado
  5.    Blue and purple – purple carrot, purple cauliflower
  6.    White and brown – mushrooms, cauliflowerFRUIT
    1.    Red – strawberry, red apples, watermelon, red grapes, cherries, raspberries, red plum                
    2.    Orange and yellow – orange, mango, paw paw, apricot, gold kiwifruit, mandarin, peaches, pineapple, rockmelon, tangerine    
    3.   Green – kiwifruit, honeydew melon, green apple, green grape, pear
    4.   Blue and purple – figs, black grapes, blueberries, purple skinned plums
    5.   White and brown – bananas, brown pears, nashi pears, white nectarines, white peaches                               

Lunchbox snack foods

Children need to eat a range of different foods to provide nutrients to meet growth and energy needs. Snacks need to be everyday foods rather than sometimes foods.

 

Everyday Snacks

fruit loaf

plain popcorn

plain or fruit yoghurt

cheese and crackers

fresh fruit or canned fruit

dried fruit and cheese cubes

wholemeal biscuits or crackers

vegetable sticks and dip or salsa

corn or rice cakes with or without spreads

celery, cherry tomatoes and carrot sticks

Sometimes Snacks

muesli bars and dried fruit bars

potato crisps / chips and corn chips

lollies and confectionary

chocolate

cordial

soft drink

 

Why is breakfast important?

  • children who miss breakfast are often reported as having poor behaviour and poor concentration
  • children who miss breakfast are often unable to meet their daily nutrient requirements
  • children who miss breakfast are more likely to have a greater risk of being overweight or obese
  • eating breakfast helps children learn and establish healthy eating habits early in life.

Quick and easy breakfast ideas:

  • Make sure your child starts every school day with a nutritious breakfast that includes foods from at least two of the five food groups. For example

    §  wholegrain cereal with

    reduced-fat milk

    §  fruit smoothie

    §  boiled eggs and toast

    §  slices of fruit with yoghurt

    §  raisin toast with sliced banana

    §  muesli, chopped fruit and yoghurt

    §  wholemeal crumpets with sliced banana

    §  grilled cheese and tomato on toast

    §  tinned baked beans and toast

    §  porridge, sultanas with reduced-fat milk

    §  tinned fruit and yoghurt

    §  rice or noodles with lean meat or vegetables

 

 

      

CRUNCH AND SIP


The Crunch and Sip program allows students' energy levels to remain constant during the long morning period, before lunch. At the same time it supports students' learning in PDHPE about making good nutritional decisions.  Open the accompanying information sheet PDF with a chart that explains the Crunch and Sip program in detail.



Building healthy habits

Children are learning habits that will often last them a lifetime.  Consider the following:
  • Breakfast is important. Children who eat breakfast have better concentration. Eating breakfast can reduce snacking on high-energy foods in the afternoon in both adults and children.
  • Be realistic about the size of the serve you offer children. Forcing children to finish what is on their plate when they are not hungry may lead to overeating and/or strong food dislikes.
  • Serve meals or snacks at a table rather than in front of the television. Children and adults can miss their body's cues when they are full and are more likely to overeat. Limiting television also reduces their exposure to junk food advertising.
  • Avoid giving children processed snack foods high in sugar.  Encourage brushing teeth in the morning and before bed to develop good dental habits.  
  • You play an important role in promoting healthy habits. Set a good example by eating healthy foods and enjoying regular exercise. It may not be apparent, but your child is watching you!

                                                                                         

Promoting health, supporting student health care needs and reducing health risks are important to everyone at our school.

Prescribed medication

If your child is being prescribed medication that needs to be taken during the day, please inform us so that arrangements can be made for the medication to be administered. Please read the important information about prescribed medications at school.

Allergies

If your child has been diagnosed with an allergy or allergies, it is important that you tell the principal as soon as you become aware of it, or if your child's allergy changes. If your child is diagnosed at risk of an anaphylactic reaction an individual health care plan is developed that includes strategies to minimise the risk of a severe allergic reaction.

Managing complex health needs

An individual health care plan is developed for each student with complex health needs. The plan supports students with severe asthma, type 1 diabetes, epilepsy, anaphylaxis and those at risk of an emergency or requiring the administration of specific health care procedures.

Infectious diseases

There are many infectious diseases that affect children and young people. Schools and parents should contact their local health network for advice regarding infectious diseases.

Immunisation 

Please provide the school with updated record of your child's immunisation.

Head lice

Head lice outbreaks sometimes occur at school. If your child has head lice please treat your child and inform us. Daily combing of dry hair with conditioner can get rid of head lice. You should continue to send your child to school. Head lice information in community languages.

Healthy eating at school

Healthy food keeps children alert and focused and gives them the nutrition they need each day. Please provide your child with food that is interesting and nutritious. See lunch box ideas.

Sun safety

Our school takes sun safety seriously. Children learn about how to protect themselves from the sun's damaging UV rays, and our school implements a range of sun protection strategies. Sun sense information in community languages.

Ear infections

Otitis media is a common middle ear infection which may cause fever or vomiting. If undetected, a child may suffer from hearing loss and their learning could be affected. Most ear infections respond readily to treatment.

 
 
 
 
 
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