Healthy Lifestyles


St Robert’s ‘Healthy Lifestyles’ Policy

 

 

St Robert’s School places a high priority on creating an environment that supports and encourages all students to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle, through positive, daily choices and practices in the areas of nutrition and physical activity.

 

Rationale

Evidence indicates that school-based programs focusing on healthy eating and physical activity should be comprehensive, integrated, and inclusive, and should operate at the curriculum, environment and community levels.  Such programs are more likely to lead to positive advancements in the health of school children and adolescents, and impact on the reduction of childhood obesity and Type 2 diabetes.

 

Aims

  • To promote the overall wellbeing of all students, and other members of the school community.
  •  To implement a’ Health & Physical Education’ curriculum that supports the development of positive habits and choices in the areas of nutrition and physical activity.
  • To encourage healthy eating and drinking habits within the school and wider community.
  • To develop knowledge and skills to support participation in physical activities that promote a healthy lifestyle, with associated health-related benefits.

 

 Whole-School Benefits

  • Positive eating and physical activity habits are associated with greater concentration, improved learning outcomes, and lifelong health and wellbeing.
  • School communities can participate proactively in supporting the development of positive and healthy, lifestyle habits.
  • All members of the school community can contribute to the creation of an environment that promotes healthy eating and physical activity.
  • The school will support all community members, including staff, students, parents and volunteers, in efforts to implement this policy.

 

Implementation

  • All students will be encouraged to drink water throughout the day, with continuous access to own water bottles and drinking taps, particularly during physical activity.
  • A ‘water only’ policy will apply within class times.
  • All classes will provide a daily ‘fruit and vegetable’ break at some point during morning classes.
  • Children have access to healthy and attractive environments within which to eat snacks and lunch.
  • Adult members of the school community are encouraged to model healthy eating habits.
  • Professional development opportunities supporting positive health and physical activity programs are made available to all staff.
  • Healthy eating and drinking choices are promoted, while confectionary, fried foods and high-sugar drinks are discouraged.
  • Confectionary items will not be used as rewards in classes, or by administrative staff.
  • Fundraising activities promote healthy lifestyle messages, eg. ‘Get Up & Move’ walkathon.
  • Information regarding healthier nutrition and exercise is placed in the school newsletter.
  • Our newsletter, teaching staff and health curriculum promote fruit and vegetable consumption both at home and school.
  • All grade levels P-6 comply with federal government expectations of two hours structured physical activity per week.
  • Play and sport equipment is available to all students at recess and lunch breaks, to encourage vigorous, physical activity in the playground.
  • Students are provided with additional opportunities for physical activity, eg. interschool sport, ‘jump rope for heart’, athletics carnival, tabloid sport events.
  • All students, families and staff are encouraged to participate in ‘stride & ride’ to school days at least once per term.
  • Adult members of the community are encouraged to be physically active, and to model positive exercise behaviours.
  • Partnerships are established with local community sports and physical organisations to promote healthy student participation both within and beyond school hours.
  • Families are encouraged to develop safe and active transport solutions for arriving at and departing from school.

 

Related Policies

1.      Pastoral Care Policy
2.      Student Wellbeing Policy
3.      Sport Policy
4.      First Aid & Medications Policy

 

Ratification Details

 

Policy Review Date:    2017