Food Dudes Programme
The children at Listellick recently participated in the Food Dudes Programme and enjoyed fruit and veg every day.
The Food Dudes are four young super-heroes: Charlie, Tom, Raz and Rocco. By eating their favourite fruit or vegetables, the Food Dudes gain special powers which enable them to save the world and the Life Force from a gang of baddies: The Junk Punks. General Junk and his side-kicks, Miss Demeanour, and Master Disaster are trying to drain the energy of the world by depriving it of nutritious fruit and veg. With their special powers, given to them by carrots, tomatoes, raspberries and broccoli, the Food Dudes feed the Life Force and foil the Junk Punks.
There are two main phases to the Programme:
Phase 1 was an intensive intervention which lasts 16 days. During this time, children were given fruit and vegetables while they were read a letter and/or watched a specially designed video of the Food Dudes. These super-heroes save the life force from a gang of baddies whose objective is to take away the energy of the world by depriving it of nutritious fruit and veg. Each day the children were rewarded with small prizes for successfully eating the fruit and veg. This phase is primarily school based, although children kept a diary of fruit and veg they had eaten at home.
Phase 2 extended the home element of the Food Dudes Programme by encouraging the children to bring their own fruit and veg to school everyday in special Food Dudes containers. Classroom wall charts were used to record progress, and children received Food Dudes certificates and further rewards upon reaching goals. This phase maintains fruit and veg consumption in the longer term.
See website www.fooddudes.ie for further information.
To encourage our students to stay healthy, this January we have signed up for Super Troopers - a programme devised by Laya Healthcare to encourage daily physical activity. Each pupil has an activity journal and a family activity wall-chart. Pupils are encouraged to spend 10-15 minutes doing each activity and parents are asked to sign off each activity at the end of the week, just as they would regular homework.
For more information please see Super Troopers Website (http://supertroopers.ie/)
Also see video below regarding the programme
Also see YouTube video regarding the programme
Head Lice Information
The HSE have advised that a website produced by the NHS provides comprehensive information on detecting Head Lice and Nits without any chemical product application. Please click on the following link and watch the video on the home page.
Healthy School Lunch Policy
In line with our aim of promoting health in Listellick NS we are introducing a healthy lunch policy which will become effective from September 2014. From that date children will be asked to bring in a healthy lunch each day. The views of staff, parents and children were sought using surveys and considered when compiling this policy. We believe that a healthy eating pattern encouraged at an early age will benefit the pupils in both the immediate future and will stay with them through to their adult lives.
▪ To encourage healthy eating habits.
▪ To help children understand the link between a healthy diet and a healthy, active lifestyle.
▪ To help children become more aware of dental hygiene.
▪ To support the school’s environmental policy (green school) on encouraging reusable containers and minimum use of wrappers etc.
Click on the following to view the full policy Healthy School Lunch Policy