Pegs Creek kids get a taste for healthy liv­ing

Pilbara News - - Education - Court­ney Fowler

Bud­ding young master chefs at Pegs Creek Pri­mary School re­ceived a spe­cial visit from Pop­u­la­tion Health to learn about nutri­tion and healthy eat­ing ear­lier this month.

Stu­dents from kinder­garten to Year 6 par­tic­i­pated in the Food Sen­sa­tions ses­sion, spon­sored by Food­bank, where stu­dents learned about food prepa­ra­tion and hy­giene rules, and cooked a va­ri­ety of healthy meals.

Pegs Creek Health and Phys­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion teacher Kristy McKenna said the ses­sions con­sol­i­dated lessons be­ing taught in health about eat­ing a bal­anced diet and how nutri­tion could af­fect well­be­ing.

“In the Year 5/6 class, we com­pleted an ac­tiv­ity mea­sur­ing out how much fat, salt and sugar are in take­away food,” she said.

“Af­ter all of the foods were mea­sured, it was all grouped to­gether and the stu­dents were dis­gusted at what is in foods that they didn’t nor­mally know about.”

Ten-year-old Bay­den Robert­son said he en­joyed learn­ing how to cook de­li­cious, healthy meals.

“My favourite food was the beefy sausage rolls,” he said.

“I re­ally want a recipe book so I can cook them at home too.”

Ms McKenna thanked the par­ent helpers who vol­un­teered at the Food Sen­sa­tions ses­sions.

“Par­ents not only helped out, but also learnt a lot about eat­ing a bal­anced diet and pro­vid­ing their chil­dren with healthy re­cess and lunch op­tions,” she said.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Food Sen­sa­tions and for a list of healthy recipes, visit http:// www.healthy­food­­sa­tions

Pic­ture: Pegs Creek Pri­mary School

Bjorn Twad­dle, Kyle Ca­pun­pon, Jace Robin­son, Zac Fraser, Molly Lind­say and Aela Ihan­imo.

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