Welcome to Kindergarten – Nutrition and Healthy Eating

welcome to kindergarten in the Simcoe County District School Board this video has been created to support you in developing good practices associated with nutrition and school lunches nutrition plays a key role in healthy child development well nourished children are more likely to get the energy and the essential nutrients that they need to grow be active stay healthy and do well at school students are more attentive have increased academic success better behavior and better attendance we all have a role to play in healthy eating at school children are ready to learn and more alert when they eat a variety of healthy choices from each of the four food groups in Canada's Food Guide in your child's lunch bag try to include a variety of foods from at least three of the four food groups vegetables and fruit grain products milk and alternatives and meat and alternatives limit processed foods that often come prepackaged in bright colors with fun images that might appeal to children when it comes to packing healthy lunches for your children make sure you pack enough food to last them throughout the day most schools run a balanced school day this means that the Children's Day will have three 100 minute learning periods two 20 minute eating periods and two 20 minute periods of outdoor active play the most important thing to remember is that your child doesn't need to full lunches they need the same amount of food as they've always eaten just packed differently separate your child's lunch into two parts so he or she will have food for the two breaks you can pack them in separate compartments or number the items for the first break with a number one and those for the second break with a number two so that they don't have to spend time deciding what to eat consider peeling fruit and cutting up foods into little bite-sized pieces when possible to save them time use containers that children can easily open and close by themselves practicing opening and closing containers can be a fun activity for you and your child at home when it comes to packing healthy beverages water is your number one choice juice is not nutritionally necessary milk is also a healthy choice growing children should drink two cups of milk a day send water and milk in a reusable container tips for packing a safe school lunch use an insulated lunch bag and a thermos to help keep cold foods cold and hot food hot when using a thermos warm it up with hot water before filling it with hot food hot foods packed in a thermos are best eaten at the first break use a water bottle with frozen water a freezer pack or sandwiches made with frozen bread to help keep lunch foods cold foods that can be frozen such as yogurt or homemade muffins will be ready to eat by the second break wash all vegetables and fruit before packing do not resend leftover sandwiches or hot foods if they come home and eaten fruits and other snacks can be safely repacked do not reuse wrappings wash reusable lunch bags and containers including beverage containers at the end of the day with hot soapy water it may be unrealistic for children to brush their teeth at school so avoid snacks that are sticky like dried fruit and snacks that are high in added sugar don't forget to involve your child in planning and preparing food for these two nutrition breaks they are more likely to eat their lunch if they have helped prepare it learning how much and what your child eats will help to reduce food waste for the first week of school try a boomerang lunch ask your child to bring home all lunch items including uneaten or unwanted food and garbage this will give you a good idea of what they like don't like and how much they can eat and how much they're throwing out the Simcoe County District School Board encourages waste free lunches the average family spends a hundred and fifty dollars per year on disposable packaging such as foil wax paper plastic wrap and sandwich bags using reusable containers will help reduce the waste we send to the landfill and help your child learn how to be an environmentally responsible citizen because there may be different allergies in a classroom various food items might not be allowed your classroom teacher will make you aware if this is the case feel free to ask if you're not sure to avoid any unexpected reactions and issues children should never trade their lunch and they will be encouraged to wash their hands before and after eating practicing washing hands before and after eating at home will help to build healthy routines so we realize that it's very important to have good nutrition programs in order to support student learning and behavior so many schools run nutrition programs our program is supported by a partnership with eat well to excel and breakfast for learning we also have some private sponsors and that is to support any type of nutrition program in the school so it could be a breakfast club a lunch program snack bins or fruit bowls if you're interested in volunteering for a program like this in your school just contact your school office this is free and available for all children to participate in and to enjoy for more information on healthy eating proper nutrition or the eat well to excel program visit these websites or speak with your principal you

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