Healthy Rubbish Free Lunches
At Silverton, the health of our students and environment are both very important to us. That is why we would like students to bring healthy rubbish-free lunches to school.
Rubbish-free lunches, also known as nude food, is food that does not contain any packaging. We are trying to reduce the amount of rubbish going to landfill by encouraging students to bring rubbish free lunches instead of packaged foods.
Rubbish that goes in the bin ends up in landfill. The rubbish at landfill, especially plastic takes a very long time to break down and contaminates the soil and ground water.
At Silverton, the rubbish that we have sent to landfill has increased over the last two years, which is not helping the environment and costing our school a lot of money.
We would also encourage parents to give their children healthy foods for snack and lunch.
Children eat 30% of their daily food intake at school. What they eat is crucial to their learning and development.
Many packaged foods such as chips, soft drinks, muesli bars and chocolate bars are high in salt, fats and sugar and have very little nutritional value. Foods high in sugar also contribute to poor concentration levels in children and childhood obesity. In Australia 28% of children and adolescents are overweight, putting them at a higher risk of developing diabetes and heart disease.
For healthy snack and lunch ideas check out this websitehttps://heas.health.vic.gov.au/schools/healthy-lunchboxes