Canteen Managers from across Western NSW and Far West NSW Local Health Districts are invited to attend the Canteen Expo on Tuesday 4 September in Dubbo.
Canteen Managers and staff attending the Expo will find out more about how to promote and market healthy food choices to students, food safety, canteen grants, enjoy cooking demonstrations and receive information from local suppliers about canteen approved foods.
“Simply teaching healthy eating messages in the classroom is not enough to encourage students to make healthy food choices. Healthy school canteens assist students to make the healthy choice, the easy choice, by providing a variety of fresh food and beverages that not only look good but are good for students”, said Ms Julie Smith Health Promotion Officer Western NSW & Far West NSW LHD.
“Data from the 2010 Schools Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey revealed whilst rates of overweight and obesity in NSW school students has plateaued, 22.8% of students remain overweight and obese”, Ms Smith said.
“An overweight child is at a greater risk of developing chronic disease such as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and a number of cancers”, Ms Smith said.
“School canteens play a vital role in supporting students to develop healthy eating patterns early in life. Encouraging students to eat a wide variety of fresh foods such as fibre rich bread and cereals, low fat dairy products and fruit and vegetables can be challenging. The aim of the expo is to provide some practical solutions to everyday problems”, Ms Smith said.
The Canteen Expo is being held Tuesday 4 September at the Baptist Centre, 251 Cobra St Dubbo. The Expo commences at 9am with registration and concludes at approximately 3.15pm.
For more information about the Canteen Expo or to register please contact Julie Smith on (02) 6841 5588.
Interview opportunity:Ms Julie Smith, Health Promotion Officer, Western NSW & Far West LHD Ph: 6841 5588.