Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Fabulous Food

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Fabulous Food

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FOOD is one of the most vital things in our lives. We need it to survive. Food provides the nutrients and fuel that our bodies need to function properly. The body needs food to create energy, for movement, to promote growth and repair itself. To help you make good food choices to maximise energy and keep you feeling healthy, join us as we continue our series about fabulous food.

A guide to healthy eating

Nutrition education

SCHOOLS can do a lot to promote and encourage healthy eating for their students. The food provided within the school environment has a considerable influence on the development of children's long-term eating habits, food preferences and attitudes towards food.

For many students the food eaten at school, whether it is purchased at the school canteen / tuckshop or brought from home, makes a significant contribution to their total food intake and nutrition.

The canteen plays an important role in promoting healthy foods and creating a school culture of healthy eating.

In addition to the provision of nutritious food, the canteen has an important role within the broader school environment in complementing the knowledge, skills and behaviours about healthy eating and lifestyles that are taught in the classroom.

A spectrum of food

EACH state and territory has nutrition policies and guidelines in place to help schools determine the healthier types and frequency of foods that are available for sale.

A simple visual guide for canteens to set a menu that offers healthier food and drink choices is the RED, AMBER and GREEN food spectrum guide.

RED 'Occasionally' = Do not sell these foods on more than two occasions per term because they lack adequate nutritional value, are high in saturated fat, and/or added sugar and/or salt.

And can contribute excess energy (kilojoules).

AMBER 'Select carefully' = Do not let these foods dominate the menu and avoid large serve sizes. In general they have some nutritional value, have moderate levels of saturated fat and/or added sugar and/or salt and can, in large serve sizes, contribute excess energy (kJ).

GREEN 'Fill the Menu' = Encourage and promote these foods in the canteen. …

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