Healthy eating has a long-lasting and positive impact on your child’s growth, development, health and wellbeing, and you play an important role in ensuring your child eats well and stays active.
The foods that your child eats at school are a large part of their daily nutrient intake and influence their energy, concentration levels and ability to learn. They also help influence your child’s future eating habits and growth patterns.
Healthy school lunch/snack ideas include:
- sandwiches or pita bread with cheese, lean meat or salad
- cheese slices, crackers with spread and fresh fruit
- washed and cut-up raw vegetables or fresh fruits
- frozen water or milk, particularly in hot weather.
Highly processed, sugary, fatty and salty foods should only make up a very small part of your child’s diet. Foods to limit in school lunches include:
- processed meats such as salami and pressed chicken
- chips, sweet biscuits, muesli and breakfast bars
- fruit bars and fruit straps
- cordials, juices containing sugar and soft drinks.
You must let your child’s school principal know if your child is allergic to particular foods.
Health education initiatives
We actively promote healthy eating and physical activity and Victorian schools support a whole-school approach to health education through the following initiatives:
For more information, see: Food Ideas for Home and School