Health Promotion

lunch_kid2Healthy Eating

In our school the children eat twice a day, before going out to play. To ensure good concentration it is important for children to drink lots of water, so please encourage your child to bring a bottle of water.

Milk
Growing children should get approximately one pint of milk a day.  This ensures that they get enough calcium, which is essential for healthy bones and teeth. It is a rich source of protein, calcium, vitamins and minerals. If you wish your child  to receive Milk through the school please fill out the Milk Order Form with Amanda our secretary.

What is a healthy lunch?
• It is full of goodness like protein, vitamins and calcium.
• Contains food with no sugar, because too much sugar is bad for your teeth.
• Contains no colouring or additives.
• Gives us strength and energy
• Makes us fit and healthy
• Helps our brain power

What could be in a healthy lunch?
• Sandwiches or rolls with cheese, meat or other fillings.
• Pitta bread, crackers
• Fruit (peeled and chopped for small children)
• Raisins
• Vegetables (washed and chopped))
• Pasta
• Salad
• Yoghurt (easy to open)
What drinks could we include in a healthy lunch?
• Water
• Fruit juices
• Diluted drinks
• Milk
• Actimel
• Smoothies

The children of Rath N.S. are very keen to have healthy lunches and show a good understanding of what that means.  We hope these guidelines will assist everybody in making healthy choices.

sportskidsPhysical Activity

Regular physical activity is an important part of getting healthy and staying healthy. Encouraging children and teens to be active from a young age sets good habits early on and helps them develop the skills they need to stay active throughout their lives.

Regular physical activity helps children and teens:

  • with healthy growth and development
  • build strong bones and muscles
  • improve balance and develop skills
  • maintain and develop flexibility
  • achieve and maintain a healthy weight
  • improve cardiovascular fitness
  • reduce stress and feel more relaxed
  • improve posture
  • boost confidence and self-esteem
  • have fun with their friends and make new ones

Children who don’t get enough physical activity are at a greater risk of becoming overweight or obese. This makes it harder for them to be active and keep up in sport or play.

Being overweight can also make children more prone to conditions such as asthma, flat feet and joint sprains. In the long term, it can contribute to conditions such as high blood pressure and cholesterol, heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes and liver disease.

How much activity?

Children and teens should get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day, including vigorous activities that make them ‘huff and puff’. They can get even more health benefits from doing a couple of hours of physical activity every day.

To help children and teens be active every day, they need opportunities for sport, play and exercise at school, after school and on weekends.

Physical activity doesn’t all have to happen at the one time. It can be accumulated throughout the day; by walking or cycling to and from school, being involved in activities at school, active play at home or taking part in organised sport after school and on weekends.