What is Crunch&Sip?
Crunch&Sip occurs during class when students can refuel on fruit and vegetables, and rehydrate on water. This assists students with physical and mental performance, and concentration in the classroom. Students who are not hungry and are well hydrated perform better in the classroom, show increased concentration, and are less likely to be irritable and disruptive.
Benefits of Crunch&Sip
Crunch&Sip encourages fruit and vegetable snacking and drinking water. Healthy eating behaviours are modelled in the classroom and reinforce the nutrition messages in the PD/H/PE curriculum. By making fruit and vegetable eating and water drinking normal in the classroom, healthy habits can be formed and continued into adolescence and adulthood. Many students are not eating enough fruit and vegetables for optimal health. Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables promotes growth in children and protects them against disease later in life.
Crunch&Sip gives students the opportunity to eat the piece of fruit that might otherwise be left in their lunchbox. Students are also more likely to eat their fruit or vegetables and drink their water if their friends and peers are all doing it too!
What you need to do
Teaching and learning will continue whilst students are eating and drinking. Please make sure your child has a piece of fruit or vegetables and a small bottle of water each day. Please ensure that containers and bottles are labelled with your child’s name. The fruit can be any variety of whole or chopped fruit (such as apple, chopped melon, fruit in tubs in natural juice or sultanas*), or vegies such as celery, cucumber, carrot sticks or cherry tomatoes.
* Note: dried fruit contains a high concentration of natural sugar, and this tends to stick to teeth. This increases the risk of tooth decay. Although dried fruit is permitted, fresh fruit or vegetables are the best choice.
As a school, we can see that this great program will have huge benefits to your child. We hope that you will participate and promote a positive attitude towards fruit, vegetables and water. If your child does have an allergy to a particular fruit of vegetable, please let your child’s Core teacher know.
Thank you for your support of Crunch&Sip!