School Meals for Kids
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If you want to stay fit and healthy (both physically and mentally ), maintain weight more easily and perform well at school subjects and at sports it's really important to get the right nutrition on a daily basis. School Meals are designed to provide you with this. They have to pass stringent tests in every developed country and meet certain nutritional guidelines. It has been shown that children who eat school meals are less likely to be overweight or obese than those who don't.
Often it is a joint decision between you and your parent or guardian as to whether you have school lunches or not. Our advice to you is to ask to have them! You obviously cannot force your parents / guardians to do what you say but we would strongly suggest you encourage them to take this decision, if they haven't already.
The problem with packed lunches is that not all schools have refrigeration facilities and this means they are typically stored at unsafe temperatures. In addition, the average packed lunch is not as nutritious as the average school meal.
In between meals (mid morning and mid afternoon) you should have a small healthy snack such as a piece of fruit to keep your energy levels and metabolism up. This will stop you feeling too hungry between meal times and eating too much at your main meals.
As well as eating healthily you should also take some water to school and regularly top it up to stay hydrated, especially when it is hot or you are exercising. Avoid sugary drinks as these will help lose your concentration as well as making weight management more difficult. See our articles here on 'WATER INTAKE', 'HYDRATION' and 'HEAT SAFETY'.
Obviously if you have special nutritional requirements (e.g. diabetes, allergies) then all of this must be discussed with parents, carers and school staff before any final decisions are made on school lunches.
There is a saying in life "You are what you eat" and this is literally true because your body is continuously growing and making cells out of the food you put into your mouth. Athletes eat healthy food and typically look vibrant and healthy. If you eat fast food or poor food most of the time this is likely to reflect on your body composition. School meals is a good proportion of your food so make it a healthy choice!
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