Food Dudes

4th May, 2017 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Information , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class , Uncategorised

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Straffan NS are delighted to announce that “Food Dudes” is returning to our school!!

It will be starting on Friday 5th of May.  For those of you unfamiliar with the programme, it is a Healthy Eating initiative managed by Bord Bia.  Pupils in Juniors-2nd class will be participating in the Junior Programme which will last for 16 days.  Pupils in 3rd-6th class will be participating in the Senior Programme which will last for 8 days.  Everyday, fruit and vegetables will be delivered to the school and the children will be encouraged to try out the food.  After this phase, all the children will receive special lunchboxes and will be encouraged to bring in their own fruit and vegetables as part of their lunches.

Please be assured that all this will be done in a positive and encouraging manner.  All we want is everyone to try, teacher included!

Below are letters from “Food Dudes” with more information.  Please note that there are two letters, one for the Junior Programme and one for the Senior Programme.  Food Dudes also have a website, please click here for that.

Breda McAuliffe

Junior-2nd Class Letter:

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Your child’s/children’s school is participating in the Food Dudes Healthy Eating Programme, which aims to encourage children to eat more fruit and vegetables. Health experts recommend that children (and adults) eat at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables each day. However, many children currently eat less than this. The programme is managed in Ireland by Bord Bia and receives financial support from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the European Union through the School Fruit and Vegetables Scheme – under which the EU has made funds available for the purchase and distribution of fruit and vegetables to schools. For 16 consecutive school days, children receive free fruit and vegetables in school and are rewarded with stickers and small rewards for eating these foods. Children will then be encouraged to bring in and eat fruit and vegetables from home as part of their daily diet and will be rewarded with certificates of achievements. The aim of the programme is to encourage children to repeatedly try fruit and vegetables so that they can learn to like them. The programme depicts positive role models, the Food Dudes, in a series of DVD adventures and letters are read out in class that encourage children to eat fruit and vegetables. Stickers and small rewards are offered for participation in the programme. The small rewards are designed for primary school children aged 4 years and over. Beginning next week, for 16 days of the programme your child will receive a free piece of fruit and a portion of vegetables at school. You may wish to adjust the amount of food in your child’s lunchbox to accommodate these additional foods. The programme takes only a small amount of time in school but will hopefully result in health benefits for all who participate. Your child will automatically be included in this programme. However, if for any reason you do not want your child to take part (e.g. if they are allergic to a certain type of fruit or vegetables), we would be grateful if you could inform the school. For further information on the programme and healthy eating ideas, please see our website; www.fooddudes.ie We hope you and your child have fun with the Food Dudes! — Your Regional Food Dudes Project Manager

 

3rd-6th Class Letter

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Your child’s/children’s school is participating in the Food Dudes Healthy Eating Programme, which aims to encourage children to eat more fruit and vegetables. Health experts recommend that children (and adults) eat at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables each day. However, many children currently eat less than this. The programme is managed in Ireland by Bord Bia and receives financial support from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the European Union through the School Fruit and Vegetables Scheme – under which the EU has made funds available for the purchase and distribution of fruit and vegetables to schools. The aim of the programme is to encourage children to try fruit and vegetables and come to enjoy the taste of the foods. They also come to think of themselves as healthy eaters who enjoy fruit and vegetables. The programme takes only a small amount of time in school but will hopefully result in health benefits for all who participate. There are two levels of participation in the programme within the school; for junior classes and for senior classes. Pupils in senior classes in the school will be offered the opportunity to participate for eight days, tasting each of the provided fruit and vegetables twice. They will be rewarded with small prizes for eating these foods. Children then receive fruit and vegetable containers which encourages them to bring in and eat fruit and vegetables from home as part of their daily lunch diet. Your child will automatically be included in this programme. However, if for any reason you do not want your child to take part (e.g. if they are allergic to a certain type of fruit or vegetable), we would be grateful if you could inform the school. For further information on the programme and healthy eating ideas, please see our website; www.fooddudes.ie We hope you and your child have fun with the Food Dudes! –Your regional Food Dudes Project Manager

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Contact Info

Scoil Bhride, Straffan, Co. Kildare, W23 CD77
(01) 627 2255
secretary@straffanschool.com