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Penrith School Students Get the Healthy Eating Message Through “Crunch&sip” Program

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Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith welcomes the news that primary school children throughout the Penrith Electorate are having fun learning about the importance of healthy eating and staying hydrated as part of the ‘Crunch&Sip’ program.

Stuart Ayres joined primary school children in Parliament to take part in a special demonstration of the ‘Crunch&Sip’ program, which aims to build healthy eating habits into the daily routine of primary school students.

Stuart Ayres said the program not only helped to boost the fruit, vegetable and water intake of school students, but also serves to improve concentration and classroom performance of those students taking part.

“The ‘Crunch&Sip’ program helps to promote the importance of healthy food options among primary school students, with teachers reporting that it is a great practical way to incorporate this message into the school day,” Stuart Ayres said.

“There has been a significant increase in the proportion of children 2-15 years who consumed the recommended daily vegetable intake from 13.0% in 2001 to 43.4% in 2012. But more needs to be done.

“Research shows that teaching kids positive eating behaviours during childhood can set them up with healthy eating habits for life, which leads to better health outcomes in the long run.”

The Healthy Children Initiative, which includes Crunch & Sip, is a key initiative of the NSW Government’s Healthy Eating Active Living Strategy (2013-2018) which provides a comprehensive approach to reducing overweight and obesity in NSW”.

The ‘Crunch&Sip’ program is currently part of the daily classroom routine in 1814 primary schools across NSW, including schools from across the Penrith Electorate:

Lapstone Public, St Finbars Primary, Our Lady of the Way Primary, Kingswood Public, Jamisontown Public, Leonay Public, Samuel Terry Public, York Public, Kingswood South Public, Penrith Public, Emu Heights Public, Henry Fulton Public, Emu Plains Public

“It’s great to see so many local schools getting on board with the ‘Crunch&Sip’ program and providing young kids with a practical way to learn about the importance of eating healthy food and drinking plenty of water,” Stuart Ayres said.

For more information on the Healthy Eating Active Living programs visit: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/obesity/Pages/healthy-eating-active-living.aspx

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