From our kitchen: 10/6/13
"Living well at school" conference report
||QUEENS BIRTHDAY HOLIDAY
||ZUCHINNI AND CARROT NOODLES
||VEGIE WEDGES AND BEANS
||BAKED VEGIE & TOMATO RISSOTO/ARANCINI
This week I attended a ‘Living Well at School’ conference to find the new dietary guidelines are being implemented into schools across Australia. Here, at John Colet, we are proud to say that we are way ahead of all of the requirements of the ‘Fresh Tastes @ Schools’ initiative. Many canteens across Australia are still selling soft drinks and fried foods. Your children are very lucky to enjoy a healthy luncheon including 2-3 fruits and 2-9 vegies every day.
One of many interesting facts I learned is that the Department of Education and Community is now recommending that children over the age of just 2 years only require fat reduced milk (2%). This one of many lifetime changes implemented to reduce childhood obesity and to reduce the long term health cost of this growing ‘disease’ (I will discuss more over the coming weeks). Since 1985, the incidence of overweight children has doubled and the prevalence of obesity has trebled.
Food matters, and at our school we strive to be ahead of all of the current requirements of childhood nutrition. Let’s all go for ‘2 & 5’ – 2 fruits and 5 vegies every day.
Please go to the ‘Healthy Kids’ web site htpp://www.healthykids.nsw.gov.au and read about some great ideas to get your kids moving and eating well.