Schools across the Western region are joining the celebrations for the annual Healthy Kids School Canteen Day on Friday 25 May. The day has been set aside to acknowledge the vital role that canteens play within the school community and to thank the volunteers and staff who run them.
The Healthy Kids Association launched the event to publicly recognise the important health promoting role that school canteens can have. Western NSW Local Health District Health Promotion Team provides support to schools locally to help implement the Fresh Taste @ School Guidelines. These guidelines outline which foods can be sold daily in the school canteen and which foods which need to be left for special occasions. Support provided by the Health Promotion Team includes an annual canteen expo, grants for school canteens and regular publications.
Healthy Kids General Manager, Jo Gardner says that canteens can introduce children to a wide range of foods that they may not have access to at home and model healthy eating behaviours that can extend beyond the school gate.
Dunedoo Central School are celebrating School Canteen Day by holding a colouring in competition for the primary and infant’s school and a design a healthy eating poster for the high school students. Canteen vouchers are being used for prizes and a surprise guest is serving in the school canteen on the day.
The Healthy Kids Association is offering a prize to the school that celebrates the day the most enthusiastically.
To find out more about Healthy Kids School Canteen Day or for tips and advice on kid’s nutrition, visit www.healthy-kids.com.au or call (02) 9876 1300. For more information on Support provided by the Health Promotion Team, please contact Lauren Lynch, Health Promotion Officer on (02) 6378 6207. Interview opportunity with Jenny Farley on Friday 25th of May between 9:15 am- 10am ph (02) 6375 1489.