HSE Dublin Mid-Leinster has launched a Healthy Lunch Policy in Oatlands Primary School, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin.
Many primary school children’s diets fall far short of the daily recommendations for important nutrients. The National Children's Food Survey, 2006 shows that 37% of girls and 28% of boys are not getting enough calcium each day. As a result children’s health and performance will be reduced and in the long term an unbalanced diet can contribute to cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes.
To deal with this problem the Health Promotion Service, HSE Dublin Mid- Leinster has developed a healthy lunch policy and is encouraging all primary schools in South Dublin and Wicklow to participate. The aim of the healthy lunch policy is to help schools to develop guidelines to improve the nutritional quality of food eaten at school and to support teachers in the implementation of the Social, Personal and Health Education Programme (SPHE). International research emphasises the importance of establishing healthy eating programmes in schools and how this can benefit the future health of our population.
Last updated on: 09 / 04 / 2008