Crunch 'n' Sip

Category: Crunch 'n' Sip Created: Thursday, 16 June 2016

Dear Parents/Guardians,

A number of classes at CVPS are committed to improving children’s health through education and by participating in the Crunch&Sip® program. In Term Three Crunch&Sip® will be moving in an exciting new direction with a greater focus on bringing vegetables for the Crunch&Sip® break.

Crunch&Sip® is a set break during the school day for students to eat vegetables or fruit brought from home and rehydrate with water. This gives students the chance to re-fuel, assisting physical and mental performance in the classroom.

Vegetables and fruit are both important food groups packed with a range of nutrients that promote good health. However, while most Western Australian primary school aged children are doing a great job of eating enough fruit, only 1 in 6 are eating enough vegetables. That’s why we want to focus on getting in an extra serve of vegetables during our Crunch&Sip® breaks.

Eating plenty of vegetables not only supports healthy growth and development, it also reduces the risk of developing a number of chronic diseases in later life such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers.

Over the term students will participate in a series of cross-curricular lessons on vegetables (including gardening, cooking, English, science, and health), collect information on how many serves of vegetables they eat in a day, and participate in a Crunch&Sip® Vegetable Challenge. Teachers will be collecting aggregated data on the number of children bringing fruit and vegetables in the class as part of the evaluation of the pilot program.

We invite you to support us in this initiative by providing whole or cut up vegetables as the preferred choice of snack during Crunch&Sip® breaks. Some suggestions of vegetables that would be suitable for Crunch&Sip® include celery, capsicum, carrot, cucumber, broccoli, cauliflower, mushroom, snow peas and tomato. 

 

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