ABOUT CRUNCH & SIP
Crunch&Sip basically involves children eating parent provided fruit or salad vegetables and drinking water in the classroom. Students re-fuel with fruit or vegetables during the morning or afternoon, assisting physical and mental performance and concentration in the classroom. This gives kids a chance to refuel, a bit like putting petrol in a car.
Each day students bring fruit or salad vegetables to school to eat in the classroom at a time that will be designated by the class teacher. Each child already has a bottle of water in the classroom to drink throughout the day.
Through Crunch&Sip, St Emilie’s is demonstrating our commitment to nutrition and we ail also make links with the curriculum and creating a supportive school environment. The Crunch&Sip break gives children the opportunity to eat the piece of fruit and/or vegetable that might otherwise be left in their lunchbox or not be eaten at all.
The objectives of the Crunch&Sip break are to:
- increase awareness of the importance of eating fruit or vegetables and drinking water every day
- enable students, teachers and staff to eat fruit or vegetables during an allocated Crunch&Sip break in the classroom
- encourage students, teachers and staff to drink water throughout the day in the classroom, during break times and at sports, excursions and camps
- encourage parents to provide students with fruit or vegetables every day
- develop strategies to support students who don’t have regular access to fruit and vegetables
Fruit + Vegetables = Health + Learning
Children are often told to eat more (or any!) fruit and vegetables because they are ‘good for you’. But what are the real benefits for children eating the recommended amount of fruit and vegetables every day?
Good nutrition is important for cognition
Fruit and vegetables are full of nutrients and many of these nutrients are important for brain function. Good brain function means good cognition and this helps learning. A daily Crunch&Sip break is a great way to help kids with learning by allowing them to have a serve of fruit or vegetables in the classroom.
Eating fruit and vegetables reduces the chances of becoming overweight or obese
If children are eating the recommended serves of fruit and vegetables, they are less likely to be eating foods that are high in sugar, far or salt. Along with physical inactivity, over consumption of low nutrient/high energy food leads to overweight and obesity.
Eating fruit and vegetables reduces constipation
Constipation is a common problem in children, with up to one child in three having problems going to the toilet. Vegetables, fruit and water all help make children (and adults) more regular.
It’s good for dental health
Substituting fresh fruit and vegetables for processed foods high in sugar can reduce the incidence of dental caries (decay). Crunching firm fruit and vegetables can stimulate the flow of saliva which fights bacteria and helps protect against decay. There is no replacement for brushing though.
It develops healthy eating patterns later in life
Eating habits developed in childhood often persist throughout life. Children who have opportunities to explore, taste, cook or grow fruit and vegetables are more likely to have healthy eating habits into adulthood. ( A good example of this was when Kindy kids grew bean sprouts this term and they ALL really hopped into eating them – fabulous to see!