Food nutrition dished up
School lunchboxes are not always the place to find the most nutritious foods, but yesterday Grafton Primary School had 150 packed with healthy snacks.
The wholesome lunchboxes were part of the nationwide Coles Healthy Lunchboxes initiative, which led to team members from Grafton Coles visiting the school to give tips on healthy eating to the students.
The visit coincided with classroom activities, discussions and education materials distributed through the program, as well as nutrition resources and tips for parents about packing a healthy lunch.
But eating healthy food does not always mean eating boring food.
In their lunchboxes, the students received muesli bars, milk, fruit snacks, fresh fruit, plus sunscreen.
According to NSW Health, obese children have a 25 to 50 per cent chance of progression to adult obesity and it may be as high as 78 per cent in older obese adolescents.
Obese adults who were overweight as adolescents also have higher levels of weight-related ill health and a higher risk of early death than those obese adults who only became fat in adulthood.
With childhood obesity figures escalating, Coles say the visits can help encourage healthy eating habits in children, increasing the likelihood of carrying good habits into teenage and adult years.
Children or adolescents who are overweight or obese are more likely in the short-term to develop gastrointestinal, endocrine or certain orthopaedic problems than children of normal weight, and more likely in the longer-term to develop cardiovascular disease.