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Healthy Eating

According to the National Taskforce on Obesity, children are consuming large amounts of energy dense food which may be provided in or outside the home.

A survey in 2002 by Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (a World Health Organization collaborative cross-national study) showed that 51% of Irish children consumed sweets, 37% drank fizzy drinks, 27% consumed crisps, 12% ate chips and 7% ate hamburgers at least once daily. In addition, it is thought that each additional glass of sugar-sweetened drink that children consume every day greatly increases the risk of becoming obese.

 

 

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Schools are in position to directly tackle the problem of obesity promoting behaviour among children through education and school policies such as limiting the amount of energy dense food children can consume during school hours. The Food Dudes Programme reinforces lessons being taught regarding healthy nutrition and helps to create a culture of healthy eating within the school environment.

Benefits of Fruit and Vegetable Consumption

Fruit and vegetables :

  • Are an important group of foods for health. They can help prevent certain diseases such as heart disease and certain cancers.
  • Contain fibre as well as a whole myriad of beneficial vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, the B vitamins, potassium and magnesium.
  • Dark green vegetables like spinach and broccoli contain folate and vitamin E, while orange and red vegetables provide carotenes, a form of vitamin A.
  • Also provide a wide variety of other substances called phytochemicals, flavonoids and phytonutrients which are thought to be protective.
  • Fruit is fairly low in calories and contains no fat, and is a great choice for a snack between meals.
  • To get all the goodness you can from fruit and vegetables choose a wide variety of colours and aim for 2 servings of fruit and 3 servings of vegetables every day.

This programme is managed by Bord Bia and receives financial support from the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine and the European Union through the School Fruit Scheme.

Bord Bia: Irish Food Board
European Union
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & Food
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