Healthy Lunch Guide
|We want to see lots of||
Foods to be avoided
|Salads||Water||Nuts – (consult your child’s teacher)|
|Lean Meats||Yogurts with corners (fruit or chocolate)|
|Cheese||Chocolate covered raisins|
|Raisins and dried fruit||Fast food e.g. chicken rolls, wedges|
|Rice cakes (plain)||Juice drinks|
|Pitta bread||Energy Drinks|
Healthy eating begins at home and it is important to establish healthy eating habits when our children are young.
Parents can lead by example and can encourage good eating habits at school by using healthy options in lunch boxes.
High Activity: Swimming, cycling, football, camogie/hurling
Medium/High Activity: Roller skating, dancing, running with the dog
Medium Activity: Golf, swing ball, washing the car, skipping
Low Activity: Walking, playing on a swing.
No Activity: Sitting at the computer/television/IPAD/tablet.
Our Healthy Lifestyles
A healthy lifestyle is encouraged across all areas of school life here in St Pat’s.
Maintaining a Healthy Body – Through our ‘Healthy Eating Policy’ and classroom SPHE lessons children learn to make healthy food choices and how to fuel their bodies with the right nutrition and a balanced diet.
Our two large school yards provide facilities for football alleys for each class. Our front yard is there for children to run and play games. We encourage our children to play outside and enjoy the fresh air at every opportunity.
A wide variety of fun activities and sports are also encouraged both during and after school. These include: Athletics, Soccer, Gaelic football, Handball, Table Tennis, Rugby, Hurling, Olympic Handball, 10@10, Active Week, Operation Transformation, Bike Week, Active Breaks, Yoga, Activity Room, Sports Day and the Active Flag.
Maintaining a Healthy Mind – During our annual ‘Mindfulness Week’ children concentrate not only on their diet by creating fresh smoothies in class, creating delicious healthy recipes etc but also by taking part in relaxation, yoga and meditation.
Children also attend weekly meditation classes taught by our dedicated Parent Pauline Cleary.
Our school garden facilities allow children to sit and read during the warmer months. We also have some surprise BBQs and summer parties in our beautiful school garden so our children can enjoy school life outside of the classroom.