Fruit and veges on curriculum

Hamilton South Public School students were treated to a healthy serving of vegetables as part of a new Department of Education and Communities initiative.

Live Life Well At School is a long term program that encourages students to become more active and choose healthier food.

As part of the initiative, the school employed two dieticians and eight food technology students from Newcastle High to provide healthy nutritional options and advice to students on Tuesday.

Teacher Janet Wilson organised the event. She felt it was important children understood the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

‘‘The aim ... is to expose kids to vegetables and promote a healthy, active lifestyle,’’ she said. Ms Wilson completed training in the program and received school funding to help promote the two-fruit-and-five-veg-a-day initiative.

She hoped the day would help make students more aware of their eating choices.

‘‘It’s important these kids have access to quality foods, setting them up for good healthy lifestyles.’’

It is hoped the school will introduce permanent vegetarian options to the canteen next term.

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