The Coffs Coast Growers’ Market is promoting healthy lunchboxes for kids.
The Coffs Coast Growers’ Market is promoting healthy lunchboxes for kids. SUBMITTED

Packing the healthy lunchbox

AS children across the Coffs Coast return to school, mums and dads once again have the task of packing lunchboxes.

The Coffs Coast Growers’ Market and North Coast Health Promotion have come to the rescue to provide parents with information, tips and ideas on providing healthy lunchboxes for their kids.

“Coffs Coast Growers Market is committed to providing opportunities for the local community to embrace eating fresh, healthy food,” said market co-ordinator Jan Rooney.

“Being a mum myself I know the trepidation I sometimes feel having to pack the dreaded lunchbox.

“It can sometimes feel an easier option to buy pre-packed snacks, but with a little bit of planning and some creativity there are a wide variety of healthy options available.

“I’m looking forward to getting some tips myself.”

The recently published 2010 NSW Schools Physical Activity and Nutrition (SPAN) survey shows being overweight and obesity are still big issues for children in Australia.

One way to help combat this is to provide fresh, healthy food to children.

On Thursday, North Coast Health Promotion will be at the Coffs Coast Growers’ Market showing parents what they can pack into a lunchbox.

There will be a talk on ideas for your child’s lunchbox and Relay for Life will also be there promoting the healthy eating message.

There will be brochures and recipes available for healthy lunchbox ideas for children on the day.



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