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Thornleigh Salesian College
Sharples Park
Bolton, BL1 6PQ

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Balanced Approach to Eating

The new menus provided by Mellors will offer choice and variety to the pupils. We provide Hot Specials of the Day, supported by fresh vegetables and potatoes, a vegetarian choice, hot and cold desserts, snacks and sandwiches, juices and drinks; as well as picnics for away days. For pupils and parents information, menus are posted in the dining room and around the school. Through the planning and preparation of menus, Mellors promotes a Balanced Approach to Eating. This gives customers the opportunity to reach informed choices to ensure a balanced diet, while ensuring our food is a pleasurable experience. (No food is a sin).

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Based on Balance of Good Health – Health Education Authority (Sept 2009). At Thornleigh Salesian College, Mellors has been working hard on the new provision of healthy eating requirements. What are the social benefits of having a school lunch? The Catering Team have been working hard to produce menus that not only meet the nutrient legislation, but which are tasty and enjoyable. All the pupils favourites have been retained and a vegetarian/ non-meat choice is also available in the school. With the exception of chips our food is cooked using oven baking and steaming where ever possible.

What does the new menu provide for your child? Daily choice of tasty meat or non meat main meals. Portions of meat increased to provide extra iron and zinc. Daily main meal suitable for vegetarians. Standards acheived for protein and carbohydrate. Standards achieved for vitamins and minerals. Up to 2 of your child’s five a day portions of fruit and vegetables. Fresh drinking water available daily. No confectionery or added salt.

Food Nutritional Analysis

Why the new standards?
The new standards were developed following research showing that children were not making healthy food choices at lunchtime. In 2005 the government appointed an expert group, the School Meals Review Panel (SMRP), to recommend new standards for school food. Their report published in October 2005, proposed radical changes which would prohibit or restrict food high in fat, sugar and salt or made up with poor quality meat been served at school lunches. The new standards generally adopt the SMRP and School Food Trust advice and recommendations. Unhealthy eating patterns take time to change, so these new standards for school lunches are just the start of a much longer process.

Why have food standards been introduced for lunches?

  • They define types of food which are no longer allowed or are restricted, in order to replace food high in fat, sugar and salt with more nutritious food and drinks.
  • To ensure nourishing food is served more frequently.
  • To ensure an immediate improvement in school lunches, allowing time for the more detailed process of developing meals that meet the new nutrient-based standards.

Empty calories.

Increasingly, a large proportion of many children’s diets consist of manufactured food high in fat, sugar and salt. These highly processed products often provide “empty calories” which fill children up but do not supply the essential nutrients they need for healthy physical and mental development.

Health Risks.

Much of the food no longer allowed under the food based standards is associated with a growing range of child health and nutritional issues, including obesity, diabetes and tooth decay and erosion. Childhood obesity is now recognised as a major threat to long term health and the statistics are alarming.

How the new standards will help children.

The ultimate goal is to help children enjoy balanced meals containing good sources of protein and starch, accompanied by lots of vegetables, salad and fruit.
These standards mean that the less healthy food choices, high in fat, salt and sugar are replaced by more nutritious options.
They should have a positive impact on children’s health, help encourage them to eat more nutritious food and improve the quality of school food nationwide.

How will school benefit.

Feedback from teachers suggests that the changes in the food provided help bring about better behaviour and performance in the classroom.

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