Health Star Ratings & Portion Control

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Picture via http://www.healthstarrating.gov.au

As you know we have been busy providing our school community with the many facets of the new Revised Healthy Canteen Strategy. Working with our Canteen Supervisors, Leanne and Sandy, we are trying to make our Canteen totally compliant with the new guidelines. In our final instalment, we look at the second and third elements of the new Strategy…

The Health Star Rating (HSR)

An integral part of the Strategy is the introduction of the HSR system that was introduced by the Australian, state and territory governments in collaboration with industry, public health and consumer groups. The HSR was introduced on a voluntary basis in June 2014.

The Health Star Rating (HSR) system is a quick and easy way to compare the nutrient content of packaged foods. It scores the overall nutritional content of packaged foods and rates them from ½ a star to 5 stars. The more stars, the healthier the choice.

If the canteen decides to use pre-packaged foods (and this can only apply to Occasional food and drinks representing 25% of the menu) than that food must have a HSR of 3.5 stars or more to be sold in school canteens in addition to Everyday food.

 

So until we can source meat pies, sausage rolls etc., these staples of the School Canteen lunch order will be removed (:() .

One problem that is facing all School Canteens is that the food industry itself is lagging behind in ensuring that manufacturers of prepackaged foods etc., are labelling their products with the HSR. This is a problem that is further compounded by the regional locality of schools.

To understand more about the HSR  visit http://healthstarrating.gov.au/internet/healthstarrating/publishing.nsf/Content/About-health-stars

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Portion Control

So not only does our School Canteen Menu need to have items categorised as Everyday and/or Occasional Foods and have all occasional foods rated with a HSR above 3.5 stars, it must also be portion controlled!

Anyone who has had to adhere to a diet will know and understand the importance of portion control for weight loss and so it applies here. Care needs to be taken to avoid serving large portions of all OCCASIONAL foods and some EVERYDAY foods (flavoured milk, juices and hot meals). All School Canteens have access to a Menu Ready Reckoner to check the maximum portion size limits for menu items and ingredients.

If we feel that a small serving wouldn’t satisfy the hunger of a student, then the foods should be combined with a salad, bread roll, fruit or milk. For example, if we were to serve a frittata which has a maximum portion size of 250 grams, we would also serve it with a salad to provide a balanced meal.

 

Our new Terms 2 & 3 Winter Meal will be released on 31 March 2017 and will commence from Term 2. There are some major changes to the menu and there has been some concessions but you will see a vastly different menu. The menu may change as we strive to meet the new requirements as we move towards being compliant with the Strategy.

We look forward to receiving your feedback on the new Menu and we hope you now have an understanding of the why and wherefores of the changes. Please do not hesitate to contact us to give feedback – complimentary or otherwise. We really only want the best for a healthy school community and we believe our Canteen can provide this to you.

Contact the P &C, our Canteen Supervisors or the School if you require any further clarification. Here’s to our Healthy School!

 

 

 

 

Everyday foods vs. Occasional foods …

Continuing on with our series on the new Revised Healthy Canteen Strategy, we thought it prudent to provide information on what sorts of foods are classified as “Everyday” and those that are “Occasional” foods.

The Strategy consists of four main elements:

  1. Everyday vs. Occasional Foods
  2. Health Star Rating
  3. Portion size limits – there are portion limits for just a few categories of EVERYDAY food and drinks and ALL OCCASIONAL food and drinks.
  4. Market and promote healthier choices – the goal is to make healthier EVERYDAY food and drinks stand out and sell well.

These two categories are the main elements of the Strategy and are our starting point for items to be included on our menu or for sale over-the-counter at the Canteen.

The following information has been extracted from the website of the Healthy Kids Association of which your P & C is a member. For further information, please go to www.healthy-kids.org.au.

EVERYDAY

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EVERYDAY foods are the foods on the plate of the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating. They include foods from the five food groups including vegetables, fruit, dairy such as milk, yoghurt, cheese, bread, rice, pasta, lean meats, fish, eggs, nuts and legumes. These foods form the basis of a healthy diet and should be eaten every day.

What are EVERYDAY food and drinks in the canteen?

  • Sandwiches and toasties with EVERYDAY fillings like cheese, tuna, lean chicken, lean meat, egg and salad.
  • Sushi with EVERYDAY fillings like tuna, salmon, avocado and other vegetables.
  • Salads.
  • Hot foods made from EVERYDAY ingredients such as lasagne, pasta bolognaise, rice and noodle dishes and burgers.
  • Fruit, yoghurts and custard, veggies and dip, cheese and crackers, plain popcorn.
  • Plain and flavoured milk, smoothies, 99% fruit and vegetable juice.

OCCASIONAL

OCCASIONAL foods and drinks will be selected carefully as they are mostly high in saturated fat, sugars and/or salt and often with little nutritional value. These foods aren’t on the plate of the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating. They should be eaten only sometimes and in small amounts.

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What are OCCASIONAL food and drinks in the canteen?

  • Sandwiches, wraps, toasties and sushi with OCCASIONAL fillings, such as OCCASIONAL meats: crumbed chicken schnitzel, salami, devon, chicken roll and sausages.
  • Hot foods such as crumbed or coated chicken, hot potato chips, hashbrowns, pies and sausage rolls, instant flavoured noodles.
  • Chips, pretzels, cakes, biscuits and desserts.
  • Smoothies made with ice cream/gelato/sorbet and all diet drinks such as diet soft drinks, diet iced tea and diet flavoured waters, etc.
  • Ice creams and frozen yoghurt.

Combining Everyday Foods with Occasional Foods

When a menu item includes any OCCASIONAL foods, it makes the menu item OCCASIONAL. However, you can encourage healthier choices by teaming up our OCCASIONAL foods with EVERYDAY foods. For example, team chicken tenders or nuggets with a side salad.

 

The Strategy isn’t simply about categorising foods as everyday and/or occasional. Once we have identified everyday and occasional items on the menu we must then balance the menu in each category (i.e. drinks, snacks, icy offering, cold lunch, hot lunch etc.,) to 75% Everyday Foods and 25% Occasional Foods.

This is no easy job as you must look at the ingredients of each item and ensuring that it adds up to 75% Everyday and 25% Occasional!

Phew! And this folks is only the first element of the new Strategy! Our next posting will look at the remaining elements of the strategy that is the Health Star Rating (HSR) and portion sizes!

If you would like further clarification, please don’t hesitate to ask our Canteen Supervisors or email us using the comments box below! We would love to hear from you!

Christmas Raffle 2016

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Fancy a holiday to the Gold Coast staying in the wonderful Sea World Resort? Well maybe you can! Just by buying a ticket in our special Christmas Raffle!

At only $2.00 per ticket, who wouldn’t want to purchase tickets in our raffle fundraiser!The first prize is an exciting prize for two (2) adults and two (2) children (0-13 years):

  • Winners stay at the 4½ Star Sea World Resort & Water Park on the Gold Coast in a Resort Double Room*
  •  $200.00 Caltex Cash Cards,
  • have unlimited entry and fun at Sea World, Warner Bros. Movie World and Wet ‘n’ Wild Gold Coast,
  • $100.00 Food and Beverage credit at Sea World Resort and Water Park

Our first prize is valued at $2400.00 !!!!!! Wow!

The runners up prizes are:

  • $50 iTunes Vouchers
  • $25 iTunes Vouchers

Also there is a very special Incentive Book Seller Prize of an iPod Shuffle 2 GB!!!

So what are you waiting for? Buy a ticket and win yourself a break we know you need!

All proceeds will be used for the

refurbishment of our canteen and

to upgrade our Library to meet 21 Century Learning requisites.

Important Dates:

Ticket Books will be sent home initially to the eldest child in each school family in Week 3 of Term 4.

All  monies are to be returned to the Canteen and tickets placed in our secure Raffle Barrel no later than Friday 2 December 2016!

NB: Though ticket and monies are to be returned on 2 December 2016 we are permitted under NSW Gaming Legislation to accept final ticket sales at 9:00 am on Wednesday 7 December 2016

Prizes will be drawn at 9:30am on Presentation Day Wednesday 7 December 2016 at Tacking Point Public School Bangalay Drive Port Macquarie NSW 2444.

First Prize Fine Print:

The winning family has 12 months to plan and use the prize and has the flexibility of using it over the school holidays.
A certificate will be issued to the winner and is valid for twelve months from the issue date. The component includes room accommodation only. The prize does not includes airfares, meals, transport, activities or transfers. Accommodation is subject to availability. *It is available for use over the Australian School Holidays for a small surcharge of $50 per night for Shoulder Season or $100 per night for High Season. It cannot be used during special events. Child age for Theme Parks is 3-13 years (14+ years requires an adult tickets). It cannot be transferred or redeemed for cash and must be taken intact.