Parents are confused after one mum was told this food item was not an acceptable lunch box snack, despite what the note actually advises.
The note received quite clearly states that fresh/dried fruit and vegetables ARE an acceptable lunch item. So why was this mum told that sultanas were unacceptable because they were high in sugar?
In March we shared that a Melbourne mum was told her daughter’s greek yoghurt and vegemite biscuit snacks were deemed unhealthy according to her kindergarten’s policy.
In the past parents have expressed concern that constant policing of children’s food will encourage an unhealthy relationship with eating at a young age. Other parents say schools are setting unreasonable expectations, and what matters is that children are getting fed – not what’s on the menu.
Of course there are some food items that should never be in a children’s lunchbox – as this mum discovered!
We do know that more than 30,000 Australian children are severely obese, according to a national study into childhood health.
Previously we shared that a UK Principal was disappointed that parents send their child to school with a “cold McDonald’s” for lunch.
We also recently shared that school groundskeepers have been ordered to dob in overweight state school students to welfare workers with the Education Department saying obesity is a ‘child protection issue’. Read that article here.
Healthy eating policy
The Right Bite and healthy eating policy classifies food and drink into three categories according to their nutritional or ‘healthy eating’ value.
Green category foods and drinks are the healthiest choices. Schools and preschools are encouraged to provide as many choices as possible from this category.
Amber category foods and drinks are more processed with some added salt, sugar or fat. Schools and preschools are encouraged to select carefully from this category.
Red category foods and drinks are highly processed, energy dense and nutrient poor. These are banned from sale in government school canteens and vending machines at all times.
Find a full list of the foods here. We were quite shocked, to say the least, at some of the items in red and amber. Including, honey, jam and vegemite. Plus tomato sauce and mayonnaise!
What does your child usually have in their lunch on a regular basis? Does it pass the healthy eating policy?
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