Werribee Primary School has been a Kids - Go For your Life school since 2008, encourages healthy eating and physical activity in children.
In 2016, we registered for the Healthy Together Program. Its key components are:
- Healthy students learn better – help your students get the most from their education
- Improve student wellbeing and engagement outcomes
- Create a positive learning and working environment
- Integrate health and wellbeing strategies
Every year we participate in National Walk Safely to School Day and host a healthy breakfast for those families who arrive at school in an active way. This allows us to promote a healthy diet in conjunction with regular physical activity.
At Werribee Primary School there is a fruit or vegetable break at 10:00 every morning, whereby children are encouraged to bring along a piece of fruit or vegetable to eat during a short break. They are also encouraged to bring a re-fillable water bottle every day to place on their table to enable them to drink water throughout the day. Water is the only drink that children are permitted to drink during class time.
Every Wednesday is ‘Walking and Wheeling Wednesday’. Children and their families are encouraged to travel to school in an active way. That is, by walking or wheeling to school.
What Parents Can Do
For most parents, the rush to get to school is stressful and hectic. But walking to school is the perfect opportunity to start a healthier, happier and more relaxed morning routine.
Walking all or part of the way to school with your child, you not only start the day with healthier exercise but it gives you a chance to talk.
Nude Food is a fantastic opportunity to teach children about how their actions can impact the environment and their health.
Focussing on the positive message of ‘nude food = a healthy body + a healthy planet’, we want our students to be empowered to choose healthy, rubbish free food for their snacks and lunch.
Benefits of litter free school lunches include:
- students eating healthier lunches, as they are being provided with less pre-packaged 'gimmicky' snack foods and more fresh food in appropriate amounts
- less waste being produced and sent to landfill
- cheaper lunches, as food items bought in bulk are less expensive than pre-packaged products
- a reduction in waste collection and disposal costs to the school, as less waste is being generated by the school community
- providing students with a practical example of how simple behaviour change can easily address a widespread environmental issue
- a cleaner school; research has shown that less litter is dropped in areas free of litter compared to areas where litter is more noticeable.