Hon Elizabeth Constable MA(Syd) DipEd(UNE) MEd(Harvard) PhD(UWA) MLA

Hon Elizabeth Constable MA(Syd) DipEd(UNE) MEd(Harvard) PhD(UWA) MLA

Former Minister for Education

    Primary students to taste test healthy food

    20/10/2011 12:00 AM
     
    • Nutrition Week shines spotlight on children’s obesity levels
    • Students to try nutritious recipes in special lessons from nutritionists
    Students at Richmond Primary School in East Fremantle are set to learn how to embrace a healthy lifestyle in a special class hosted by a dietician.

    In the class today - called a Snack Shop - Year 4 students will taste test healthy, affordable and appealing recipes and learn how to make nutritious lunches and snacks for themselves and their families.

    Education Minister Liz Constable said it was fitting the school was hosting the session during National Nutrition Week.

    “Nutrition Week features the theme: ‘Healthy Food; Healthy Planet – helping families to a healthy future’,” Dr Constable said.

    “In Western Australia, this is a very important message as the most current statistics reveal 23 per cent of primary school-aged children are overweight or obese.

    “In schools, raising primary students’ awareness about nutritious food and positive lifestyle choices is an important aspect of their learning about health.

    “In the practical session today, Richmond Primary School students can try some delicious healthy recipes and realise food doesn’t have to be packed with fat, salt and sugar to taste good.”

    The Snack Shop sessions are presented by a trained nutritionist from the Western Australian School Canteens Association (WASCA).

    Snack Shop sessions are also available for parents looking for inspiration for school lunches.

    The association also provides advice to operators of school canteens in WA public schools on planning healthy menus for students which meet the Department of Education’s Healthy food and drink policy.

          Fact File
    • Clifton Hill Primary School in Kelmscott and Wilson Primary School hosted Snack Shop sessions in the lead up to Nutrition Week, which runs October 16-22
    • For more information on healthy foods and drinks in WA public schools visit: http://det.wa.edu.au/healthyfoodanddrink/detcms/portal/

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