Promoting a healthy lifestyle
Healthy Eating: Small Changes can make a Big Difference!
At Parkhill Junior School we understand that promoting physical and emotional wellbeing is a crucial part of every child’s development. We aim to equip all our pupils with the skills and attitudes they need to make informed decisions about their health. These are some of the ways we encourage our children to develop and maintain healthy lifestyles:
· Through our P.E. curriculum the children experience a range of different sports activities and learn about the effects and benefits of regular exercise. We also offer an extensive range of sports clubs after school. To find out more about P.E. at Parkhill Junior School click HERE. (Link to PE curriculum page)
· The importance of balanced nutrition and healthy food choices is explicitly taught through the Science, Design and Technology, and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) curriculum.
· We develop children’s knowledge and understanding of the importance of water in their diet by encouraging all children to bring in a water bottle so they can have access to water throughout the day. Water fountains are also provided in the school for additional access to drinking water.
· Children are encouraged to bring their own choice of fruit or vegetable, for a morning snack.
· Equipment including the outdoor gym is available for children to use, to promote physical activity at break times.
· The ‘Parkhill Mile’ is a social activity, where children run or jog, at their own pace, for 15 minutes at least three times a week to help improve their physical and mental health, as well as increase focus in the classroom.
The following guidelines are set out by the NHS website Change4Life
http://www.nhs.uk/Change4Life/Pages/change-for-life.aspx and they recommend that a child’s lunch should include the following:
· A portion of starchy food, e.g. wholegrain bap/bread, pitta bread, plain crackers, pasta or rice.
· Fresh fruit and vegetables, e.g. apple/orange/banana, cherry tomatoes, carrot sticks, mini fruit chunks, etc.
· A portion on milk or dairy food, e.g. cheese, plain/fruit yoghurt, etc.
· Small portion of lean meat, fish or alternative, e.g. two slices of ham, chicken, beef, Quorn, cheese, tuna, egg or hummus, etc.
· A drink – fruit juice (not fizzy or diluted squash), water (not flavoured) and milk (not flavoured)
· Try bags of grapes, melon chunks and strawberries to provide the sweetness without the added sugar.
· Carrot and celery sticks with a natural low fat yoghurt or hummus dip are tasty sides.