Crunch time for sugary foods
West Busselton Primary School students revolted at unhealthy foods last week when nutrition organisation Leafie.org gave them a Fierce Food Nutrition workshop.
The newly founded organisation’s project saw parents and students participate in activities and demonstrations to educate them on healthy everyday foods.
Leafie.org co-founder and nutritionist Claire McDonnell said many foods eaten by children looked healthy but were actually packed full of sugars.
“These foods can affect their energy, mood, behaviour and ability to learn,” Mrs McDonnell said.
She said the activities saw the students place unhealthy and healthy foods in warm water and watch them over the duration of the workshop.
The students were reported to be revolted at the vomit-like water the unhealthy food created and surprised at the fresh and tasty water from the healthy food.
“The good news was that the kids were becoming really aware and were great at coming up with solutions to change their food habits,” Mrs McDonnell said.
WBPS principal Jamie Adair said Fierce Foods reinforced how students could perform at their best at school.
“Fierce Foods supports parents and children in making positive food choices to keep children well and able to focus on their learning,” he said.
Parenting Connection WA co-ordinator Sue Riccelli said they were delighted to support the project.
“At a time when serious health problems linked to lifestyle are increasing, this practical support for families is much needed,” she said.
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