Ky joins the healthy eating movement

A table for three: Ruby Gold (center) with a plate of fruit, while Archer Dickerson and William Healy showcase a selection of their favorite morning and afternoon teas.

Kyabram’s out-of-school care program LOOP has joined forces with Vic Kids Eat Well to provide its children with a new healthy food and drink menu.

The statewide movement provides clear, simple and achievable steps to make healthy food and beverage choices available to children, to give them the healthy start they need to learn, play and grow.

LOOP OOSH is the first out-of-school care program to join the Campaspe District.

Sharyl Dickerson, Education Lead for The LOOP, said the program wanted so badly to be a part of this exciting new movement.

“We found we really had a lot of healthy options, but it was great to continue to improve our practice and provide the kids with a high-quality menu,” said Ms. Dickerson.

Healthy Bodies & Minds: The new VIc Kids Eat Well program was a popular addition to educational leader Sharyl Dickerson, including support officer Mary Christas and teacher Kate Ranson, along with kids from The LOOP OOSH in Kyabram.

Vic Kids Eat Well is open to all schools, after-school care programs, sports clubs, recreational facilities, and council-run facilities.

The movement encourages organizations to take simple, achievable steps to adopt healthy changes.

These healthy swaps can include giving fruits and vegetables a chance to shine on the buffet menu or offering healthy snacks and water in place of chocolate, popsicles or sugary drinks.

This new initiative is supported by the Victorian State Government and presented by Cancer Council Victoria in partnership with Nutrition Australia.

Top Adepoebi, Head of Achievement Program at Cancer Council Victoria, said healthy eating nourishes minds and bodies.

“Children who eat healthy foods regularly can be more alert and interested in activities, which improves their concentration, memory and learning,” she said.

“Vic Kids Eat Well is a simple initiative that provides the motivation, participation, and support organizations need to make healthy change, so our children can grow and thrive.”

Organizations that join Vic Kids Eat Well will be linked to a dedicated health promoter, who will help them make healthier changes to the foods and drinks in their environments and provide resources and tools to support their efforts.

The Kyabram District Health Services Health Promotion Coordinator, Danae Rush, has been trained and is ready to assist organizations in planning and assisting with improvements to their canteens and menus.

“This program is simple and achievable and with plenty of celebrations along the way as organizations choose their rewards,” said Ms. Rush.

For more information on this initiative, or to join the movement, visit: vickidseatwell.health.vic.gov.au

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