An Apple A Day Keeps The Doctor Away

An Apple A Day Keeps The Doctor Away

Western Australia Minister for Education Elizabeth Constable

Lunch Box Lessons – Help For Parents Who Struggle To Pack A Healthy Snack

Victor P Taffa

Packing a healthy school lunch that children will actually eat is a daily challenge for many Western Australian mums and dads.

However, with children’s obesity levels an ongoing concern and students eating at least 2,400 lunches through their compulsory schooling years, what is in the box does count.

Education Minister Liz Constable today launched a new guide for parents, ‘Eat well play well’, which covers a range of healthy lifestyle topics, including lunch box tips, advice on play, recipes and monitoring children’s screen time.

“This is an area where many parents need help.” Dr. Constable said.

“Research shows that poor nutrition and lack of regular physical activity could hamper a child’s ability to perform well at school.”

“The latest Child and Adolescent Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey shows a quarter of primary school students are overweight or obese; less than half of all students do enough physical activity; and not enough children eat the recommended amount of fruit and vegetables.”

“I want every child to have the best opportunity to learn to their potential. Forming and sustaining physical activity habits and healthy eating at an early age are vital.”

The Minister will today launch the guide at the ‘Canteens a key piece of the puzzle’ 19th annual Canteen Conference and Healthy Choice Food Expo.

The conference is presented by the Western Australian School Canteen Association, the State’s peak body for school canteen operators, and the Heart Foundation.

Since 2007, canteens and food services operating in WA public schools must meet the nutritional requirements of the Department of Education’s ‘Healthy food and drinks’ policy and junk foods and drinks are banned.