Unfortunately at NGSC there is an increasing number of students presenting to first aide complaining of light headedness, dizziness, abdominal discomfort and lethargy. On questioning it appears that these symptoms are usually a result of students not eating while at school or coming to school without eating breakfast.
Eating healthy food regular throughout the day is important at any age, but it’s especially important for teenagers. As their body is still growing, it’s vital that enough good quality food is eaten and the right kinds of food eaten to meet energy and nutrition needs.
Being a teenager can be fun, but it can also be difficult as body shape changes. There are many pressures on adolescents from the media, social media and peers to look a particular way, and this might affect the foods you eat. Adolescence is a time of both body and brain growth and without regular heathy eating students will not reach their full learning potential.
It is easy to grab biscuits, potato chips, cakes, sausage rolls, pies, doughnuts or chocolate bars when hungry, but regularly choosing those foods will make it easier to put on excess weight and can cause you to feel grumpy, irritable and low in energy. … not what you want while you are trying to learn.. Try healthier snacks such as yoghurt, nuts, dried fruit, fresh fruit, plain popcorn or vegie sticks with dip.
Following is a sample meal plan for 12 to 18 year old girls.
Breakfast: 1 bowl oat flake-based cereal with
milk and banana. Water
Recess: 200 g tub yoghurt and
1 cup air-popped popcorn. Water
Lunch: Ham, cheese and tomato sandwich and
1 cup fruit salad . Water
After school snack: ¼ cup hommus dip and 3 crispbreads and 40g dried fruit and nuts
Dinner: chicken and vegetable stir fry with rice. Water
Supper: 2 slices fruit bread with ricotta. I glass of milk
• Ask your child to help plan meals, shop for groceries, cook, and bake. ...
• Eat at least 3 or 4 meals together as a family each week. ...
• Stress healthy teeth and bones. ...
• Bring healthy foods home. ...
• Keep a variety of fruits and vegetables (in all forms) in plain view. ...
• Be a good role model.
Please remember that there is a breakfast club at the school which can provide a delicious healthy and free breakfast for your child everyday.
Adolescent Health Nurse