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Smart Snacks
Smart Snacks nutrition standards were implemented this summer. As valued members of our parent community, here are a few things you need to know: Smart Snacks nutrition standards are in effect and must be implemented in all schools. Smart Snacks nutrition standards will apply to all foods and beverages sold to students outside of the school meals programs - including vending machines, a la carte, school stores, snack carts and fundraising. The Smart Snacks nutrition standards do not apply to items sold during non-school hours, on weekends, off campus fundraising events or foods to be consumed outside of the school campus. Smart Snacks nutrition standards will be in effect for the entire school day (midnight before to 30 minutes after the end of the school day) across the entire school campus. Smart Snacks nutrition standards will not apply to foods served at classroom celebrations and during evening, weekend or community events.

What can I do?

There are five simple ways for your family to lead a healthy lifestyle and get back on track:

1. Get active each day

  • Regular physical activity is important for the healthy growth, development and well-being of kids and teens.
  • They should get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day, including vigorous activities that make them ‘huff and puff’.
  • Parents should be good role models and have a positive attitude to being active.

2. Choose water as a drink

  • Water is the best way to quench your thirst – and it doesn’t come with the added sugar found in soft drinks, fruit juice drinks and other sweetened drinks.
  • Reduced fat milk for children over two years of age is a nutritious drink and a great source of calcium.
  • Give kids and teens whole fruit to eat, rather than offering fruit juices which contain less fibre.

3. Eat more fruit and vegetables

  • Eating fruit and vegetables every day helps kids and teens grow and develop, boosts their vitality and can reduce the risk of many chronic diseases.
  • Aim to eat two serves of fruit and five serves of vegetables every day. (This varies for boys and girls at different ages.)
  • Have fresh fruit available as a convenient snack and try to include fruit and vegies in every meal.

4. Switch off the TV or computer and get active

  • Sedentary or ‘still’ time spent watching TV, surfing online or playing computer games is linked to kids becoming overweight or obese.
  • Kids and teens should spend no more than 2 hours a day on ‘small screen’ entertainment.
  • Plan a range of active indoor and outdoor games or activities for your children, as alternatives to watching TV or playing on the computer.

5. Eat fewer snacks and select healthier alternatives

  • Healthy snacks help kids and teens meet their daily nutritional needs.
  • Snacks based on fruit and vegetables, reduced fat dairy products and whole grains are the healthiest choices.
  • Avoid snacks that are high in sugar or saturated fats – such as chips, cakes and chocolate – which can cause children to put on excess weight.
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