School Canteens Provide Healthy Foods

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Who here thinks school canteens have responsibility to provide healthy foods to students? Well I am here today to talk to you about why I feel so strongly that they are responsible. The main topics I will be talking about will be, firstly the roles schools play in providing and educating students on the importance of healthy eating. And secondly how a healthy diet plays a preventative role in relation to nutrition-related conditions and diseases, now and in later life.

Students consume 40% of their daily food intake at school, which makes it important to educate them on how vital, eating healthy at school is. Research shows that healthy eating throughout the day improves attention and concentration levels in class, better moods and higher energy levels which all contribute to better results in work. Schools play an important role in teaching students healthy eating habits and reinforcing those lessons through school practices. Consuming nutritious food and adopting a healthy lifestyle assists students to grow and develop to their optimum potential leading to improved educational outcomes. The eating habits of students are greatly influenced by the food available in the school environment. Children in primary and secondary school generally have access to the school canteen on a daily basis. It’s important that the canteen delivers the right nutritional message by providing a wide range of healthy food and drink options. This is where the National Healthy School canteen guidelines come into place with the Green, Amber and Red categories. Green, which is high in nutritional value, and schools are encouraged to advertise them in attractive and interesting ways. Amber, which contains some valuable nutrients, but may also be high in energy, and/or saturated fat and/or sodium. And lastly the red category, which is low in nutrients. The aim is for all food and drinks sold in canteens to be...
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