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Primary Update – Ms. Rosy Clark – 01/06/2018

This week in the Primary School

Healthy Eating in the Primary School

For several years, the Primary Student Council have been actively promoting healthy eating at lunch time here in the British Vietnamese International School with the result that the children’s awareness of the importance of a healthy balanced diet is far higher than before and their motivation to choose healthy food items for their meal has improved overall.

Campaigns lose their appeal and impact over time, so our student councillors, led by Ms Tram, renew their efforts every year and introduce creative new ways to maintain high levels of interest and support for healthy eating. Student councillors are very aware that if rewards are involved, there is a much greater chance of children making healthy choices at lunchtime!

Recently, a new approach to healthy eating has been introduced replacing the token system which has successfully been used in the Dining Hall since last academic year. Year 4, 5 and 6 children now have their own individual card which the lunchtime student monitors stamp green or red according to the child’s choice of meal.

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At the end of each month, there is a reward for the children who consistently make and eat healthy meal choices. Today was reward day when Ms Huong, our school chef, provided a wonderful buffet for the 35 children who earned the award for the month of May! Mr Paul Holyome (BVIS Principal), Mr Ian (KS2 Coordinator) and I were invited to join the award winners for their special treat.

Also, as part of the current healthy eating campaign, we are aware that some of our children have been adding large amounts of soy sauce and chilli sauce to their food. To help them reduce their salt intake, soy and bottled chilli sauces are no longer available to the children in the Primary Dining Hall.

For further reading on salt and children’s health, you may like to consult

aid countries worldwide to achieve a reduction in dietary salt intake from the current average of 10-15g per day to the World Health Organisation (WHO) maximum target of 5g per day. This fall in salt intake and the resulting fall in blood pressure would lead to major reductions in incidents of, deaths from, and resulting disability of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) including stroke, heart failure and heart attacks. The UK-based organisation WASH (World Action on Salt & Health)

Their website gives some useful advice about reducing salt intake in the diet of children so they do not become accustomed to the taste of salt in their food and it also provides guidance on daily salt intake.

Rosy Clark

Primary Headteacher