Crunch & Sip

Berowra Public School students have Crunch&Sip® every day. Crunch&Sip® is a set break to eat fruit or salad vegetables and drink water. Students re-fuel with fruit or vegetables during the morning – assisting physical and mental performance and concentration.

 

Why have Crunch&Sip®?

Crunch&Sip® encourages fruit and vegetable snacking and drinking water. Schools model healthy eating in the classroom, reinforcing the nutrition curriculum. The Crunch&Sip® break gives children the opportunity to eat the piece of fruit that might otherwise be left in their lunchbox or not be eaten at all.

 

What can parents do?

For the Crunch&Sip® break parents will need to provide their children with:

• An extra piece of fruit or salad vegetables to eat in the classroom

• A small clear plastic water bottle to keep in the classroom

The Crunch&Sip® break does not replace fruit and vegetables eaten at recess and lunch.

 

What foods are allowed in the classroom?

Only fresh fruit and vegetables and water are allowed. Please remember for younger children cut up fruit and vegetables are easiest. As a group, fruit and vegetables are rich in vitamins and minerals. They provide other nutrients important for growth and development, such as dietary fibre, needed to avoid constipation.

 

Why is water important?

Not drinking enough fluid can quickly cause dehydration which can lead to headaches and irritability, particularly in children. Thirst is not a good indicator - by the time children feel thirst, they are already dehydrated. Children rarely drink enough water and often forget to drink unless reminded. Allowing and reminding students to drink water in class helps them to drink more.

 

For more information, brochures, bookmarks and fridge reminders- visit Crunch and Sip or see lunch box ideas from the healthy kids website.