14 March 2016 Healthy Canteens Winner Announced

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The winner of the 2015 Coffs Coast Healthy Canteen Awards, Mary Help of Christians Primary School Sawtell, was announced at a special assembly at the school on Friday. The school received $1000 thanks to The Good Guys and $500 from Coffs Coast Growers Market to support their efforts to implement the NSW Fresh Tastes @ School Healthy Canteen Strategy.

 

The Healthy Canteen Awards are a partnership between Coffs Coast Growers Market, Mid North Coast Local Health District and The Good Guys and have been running for three years to encourage healthy eating in local schools.

Mary Help of Christians won the award for their efforts in taking a whole of school approach to promoting the Fresh Tastes @ School Strategy. The introduction of a student Parliament with a dedicated Health Minister, involved year six students in taking an active role to improve students health by supplying fresh fruit and vegetables to other classes for their Crunch & Sip break and helping to create other healthy treats. This was seen as an innovative approach, encouraging positive role modelling and children learning healthy habits from each other.

“The employment of a new canteen manager, a new menu, along with the introduction of online ordering, the development of a school vegetable garden and chook pen and the involvement of our school health ministers and parent committee have resulted in a canteen that is profitable and thriving,” Said Elizabeth Watts, Principal of Mary Help of Christians Primary School.

“Prior to implementing these changes our canteen had been running at a loss for a number of years and many of our menu items sat clearly in the red zone. Jo Gardner from Healthy Kids Association really helped us to refocus our goal to embrace the Live Life Well @ School strategy.”

Other notable entries were received from Mullaway Public School, Casuarina Stenier School and Woolgoolga Public School.

All the schools who entered are to be congratulated on the hard work that they are doing inspiring the kids of the Coffs Coast to lead healthier lives and enjoy fresh healthy produce.