Hebersham Public School – supporting healthy eating for life

Hebersham Public School – supporting healthy eating for life


– My name’s Amanda Campbell. I have twins girls they’re in Year 4, at Hebersham Public School. – My name’s Teegan. – And my name’s Tenille. – In the past it has been a challenge to have my daughters eat healthy and fresh. They want nuggets and chips. – The trouble that we’re facing is that there’s so many unhealthy options for children these days. So at Hebersham Public School we have a four-pronged strategy, helping students understand that food doesn’t come from a package. We have a cooking teacher, we have our gardening program, we have Crunch & Sip, and we also have a healthy school canteen. – A lot of students don’t know where fruit and vegetables come from. Anything that looks green gets a nervous reaction. – We’ve been learning to grow, what time to water plants, and how long they take before we can harvest them. – Each week they come for half an hour to do various things from planting seeds to watering. – We’ve got lettuce, tomatoes, pumpkins, spring onion, mint. – Crunch & Sip occurs daily in the classrooms, the students bring in fresh fruit and vegetables, so things that are not in a package. And their option for drinking is water. – For those students that don’t have Crunch & Sip, we’re using the rent from the canteen to purchase the fresh fruit and vegetables to be available in the office. Not only are we promoting it in the classroom, we want the students to able to go and buy healthy food options at the canteen. – This year the canteen is a hundred percent healthier. They get meal deals so a bottle of water, a piece of fruit, and a salad wrap. – It keeps you hydrated and healthy. – And the staff are actually enjoying those healthy items as well. – The kitchen program is the best thing that my girls have been involved in. – They’ll come in for an hour and a half, and it’s always based around on what’s been growing in the garden. – So we make quiches and curries. – Gnocchi. – Salads and some pestos. – They just eat so many things that they’d never try. – It’s made a difference in what they wanna eat at home as well. – Yeah ’cause, she normally know us as like, Mum can we have takeaway and like, oh Mum can we have some risotto? She was a bit shocked when she heard us say it. – Stuff that I never thought I would get them to eat. – My favourite food is now quiches and gnocchis that are fresh, that are homemade. – They can make a simple meal, at home on their own. Always healthy. I would have loved to have a program like this when I was at school. – It’s always a good time to eat fruit, so your brain doesn’t get empty when you start working. – It’s really nice to see food that hasn’t come in a package, that you think, oh what is that. – I think it’s important to start the children off knowing that they can make these right food choices from an early age. They’ve got to be able to make these choices for life.

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