New pilot program to help students take the Right Bite
The State Government will make the healthy choice, the easy choice, by taking fresh fruit and vegetables direct to the classroom.
South Australian primary school students will be provided with fresh fruit or vegetables, under a new pilot program that will educate children about healthy eating and broaden the range of fresh foods they are eating.
The Right Bite pilot program will see fresh fruit and vegetables delivered free of charge to a number of participating metropolitan and regional primary schools across the State.
The fresh fruit and vegetables will be sourced from local suppliers and the pilot - involving 10 schools - is expected to start in Term 4.
The 10 schools taking part in the pilot will be announced next month.
This measure aims to promote learning, health and wellbeing by encouraging our school children to be involved in selecting, preparing and making healthy food choices.
Quotes attributable to Premier Jay Weatherill
As a parent, I appreciate the challenges of packing a healthy lunchbox. That’s why the State Government is giving parents and children a helping hand.
Importantly, we’re choosing South Australia schools participating in the pilot program will source their food from local fresh produce suppliers.
Eating the right foods is important not just for children’s health and wellbeing, but improving their chances of achieving higher standards in education.
Research shows that students with decreased overall diet quality are significantly more likely to perform poorly on assessment tasks.
The State Government wants to do everything it possibly can to ensure South Australian students have the best possible opportunities so they can reach their full potential.
Quotes attributable to Education and Child Development Minister Susan Close
It is important we support our kids to grow up in an environment that makes it easier for them to be healthy.
The Right Bite program is about ensuring children are eating enough of the right foods so they can learn.
Right Bite is also about ensuring children know how to make good food choices, and giving parents a helping hand.