For good health
To help learning
To have fun
Encouraging children to sip water in class throughout the day and eat fruit and vegies (like carrot or celery) during a morning or afternoon break is a simple and cost effective strategy to promote good health.
Why should students eat vegetables and fruit in class?
Western Australian kids aren't eating enough vegetables and whole fruit. Recent government research has revealed that for primary school children in WA:
- Five out of six do not eat enough vegetables
- One out of nine does not eat enough fruit
Crunch&Sip helps children to develop regular healthy eating habits. Eating a healthy diet in childhood reduces the risk of becoming overweight or obese. The proportion of children carrying excess weight has more than doubled in the last 30 years, with one in four Western Australian children now overweight or obese. Being overweight or obese increases your risk of developing chronic diseases, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers, later in life.
Allowing children to re-fuel with fruit or vegetables can also improve concentration in the classroom and have a positive impact on behaviour.
Why should students drink water in class?
Water lost each day through breathing, sweating and going to the toilet needs to be replaced. Not drinking enough fluid results in dehydration; this can lead to negative effects such as reduced ability to concentrate, headaches and irritability. By the time a person is thirsty they are already becoming dehydrated.
Children rarely drink enough during break times at school and often forget to drink unless reminded. Some teachers comment that they always let students leave the class to have a drink from a fountain if they ask permission. But children may not think to ask, and other students can use 'going for a drink' as an opportunity to 'go for a wander'.
Students who are regularly reminded to drink water and who are able to bring a water bottle into the classroom drink more and are less likely to become dehydrated.