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Kids think outside the usual lunchbox

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January 19, 2018

Audrey McFadzean and Zoe Osicka enjoy a healthy lunch.

THEY say an apple a day keeps the doctor away.

And there’ll be no doctors in sight at Heathcote Primary School with the launch of their Healthy Lunchboxes Heathcote project.

The project aims to encourage students to consume healthy foods, promote health and wellbeing and prevent nutrition-related illness and disease.

Healthy Lunchboxes will also raise awareness of environmental sustainability for children and families by promoting healthy food options without excessive packaging.

Kickstarted by a $3,950 grant from council, the project will provide all prep students with a lunchbox and offer four healthy lunchbox cooking classes to all students and community members.

‘‘The remaining grant money will be used for groceries for the cooking classes, which will be filmed so that they are accessible to the community,’’ Heathcote Primary School principal Kate Ballantyne said.

‘‘In addition, healthy lunchbox recipes will be disseminated with the lunchbox, using language that is easily understandable to encourage parents to provide their children with a healthy lunch.

‘‘The lunchboxes and cooking classes will encourage parents to discuss with their children the benefits of healthy eating.’’

The wider Heathcote community is encouraged to get involved in the project, with a range of local organisations involved.

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