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Why eat school meals?
In May 2006, the government announced new food standards to
improve the quality of school meals and to make to make all foods
in schools healthier.
School meals now contain lower levels of fat and sugar, but are
also full of important nutrients such as protein, iron and calcium,
which are especially needed by children of all ages.
A varied and balanced diet is an important way of keeping
children healthy. It ensures proper growth and development and
improves their concentration and energy levels to help them learn
and play, both at school and at home.
Healthy eating can also prevent the development of many health
problems for children, such as:
- obesity, caused when a child eats a diet high in calories that
are not burnt off throughout the day;
- poor dental health, caused by a diet high in frequent sugary
snacks and drinks;
- diabetes, related to obesity and a diet high in sugar;
- heart disease, linked to a high fat diet with a low fruit and
- high blood pressure, linked to a high salt diet;
- micronutrient deficiencies, caused by a lack of iron and
calcium, leading to anaemia and poor bone health.
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