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Healthy Lunchbox Workshop

On Wednesday 19 February we held our very first Healthy Lunchbox Workshop

We had the pleasure of listening to a presenter from Crunch and Sip giving us information regarding:

  • tips for packing a healthy lunchbox
  • healthy alternatives to pre-packaged snacks
  • the importance of fruit and vegies for kids
  • label reading
  • the best drink choices for kids

Packing a healthy lunchbox fuels kids for their best possible day at school and helps form healthy habits. In the time between ages 4-18, when children’s bodies and brains are growing and developing rapidly, children will consume a huge 5,600 meals at school. These meals are important, so even a ‘little treat’ once a day is significant.

We also know that Western Australian kids aren’t eating enough vegetables and whole fruits. Government research has revealed that for primary school children in WA:

  • Five out of six do not eat enough vegetables
  • One out of nine do not eat enough fruit
  • Eating a healthy diet in childhood reduces the risk of becoming overweight or obese. The proportion of children carrying excess weight has more than doubled in the last 30 years, with one in four Western Australian children now overweight or obese. Being overweight or obese increases your risk of developing chronic diseases such as heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and some cancers, later in life.

The good news is that we can make a difference to these statistics by making some simple changes. After the Crunch and Sip presenter left, the participants and I spend another hour or so making six recipes that ranged from sandwiches to package snack alternatives.

We had a lovely morning getting to know each other – and even better time sampling our cooking, with an impromptu lunch with the little ones who joined us from creche! The participants also went home with a takeaway container of goodies to share with their families.

We plan to hold this event once per term, so if you missed out this time, be sure to sign up for next term. A big thank you to Izzy van Houwelingen and Liz Meyerink for assisting with creche, and Mrs Liesl Theaart, our chaplain, for helping out on the day!

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