Health award for local school

RIVERSIDE Primary School is proving they are what they eat with their latest award for its Healthy Food Choices Project.

The school’s health coordinator, Terry Wozniuk picked up the Oartnership Acceptance Learning sharing (PALS) Health award at Parliament House on November 15.

The Healthy Food Choices project sought to make a difference in students’ eating habits by educating both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students, parents and grandparents.

“It is really important for students to know what to eat,” Ms Wozniuk said.

“That’s why we started; because of the amount of junk food being eaten at school.”

Ms Woznuik said the award was given to the school because they continue to apply a change in the children’s food habits.

During the year, parents and grandparents were invited to learn how to make healthy snacks and lunches at a free Foodbank workshop.

This was followed up with a workshop for year one students and the school holding a cooking class where students make recipes they had already learned and made damper with the school’s Aboriginal Islander Education officer.

The PALS $800 grant funds the ingredients which were used in the final workshop as well as providing cooking utensils.

Along with this, the school has also received a grant from the Medibank Community Fund which enables the school to host Fresh Fruit Friday.

The focus is to educate students to eat more nutritious foods at school and at home and increase the physical activity level.

The students invite their parents along for a fresh fruit morning tea where they have a free fresh fruit raffle.

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