Boarding School Nutrition and Meals
Independent boarding schools take the diet of their students very seriously, as the importance of a balanced and nutritious diet at Boarding school age cannot be overestimated. Equally crucial is the education of school children in the benefits and importance of a healthy diet, and the implications of a poor or unhealthy one. By teaching diet and providing a healthy diet to boarding students at a young age, the school is helping to set up good habits which should last a lifetime.
Effective measures will be put in place at independent boarding schools to ensure a nutritious and balanced diet is provided throughout the day, but also with a keen awareness of the importance of a varied and interesting diet. Provisions will be in place to cater for specific dietary requirements. Some schools go as far as to have a healthy consumption group and student's food group so all parties have a say in the menu choice.
Independent boarding schools should operate a healthy consumption programme, incorporate a well balanced diet with great choice, exciting menus, and supervised, sociable meal times. Life moves so fast these days that many children eat out of the home, in front of the television, or in front of a computer and the social nature of meal times has been lost. The psychology of boarding school students consumption together at set times echoes that of doing so at home with family. Dietary discipline are also learned, even if subconsciously, such as not to eat too fast, and to wait for others. It is beneficial in learning social behavior, not to mention table manners, and gives children the opportunity to interact away from the classroom and unwind. Good diet has also been shown to increase concentration, promote healthy sleeping patterns, and help develop good behavior.
Healthy consumption from a young age has been shown to assist not only health and growth but also intellectual development. Health problems can also be avoided such as under diet, obesity, and diabetes which are damaging to the health of a child and can cause a weakness to their immune system leading to more days off school with illnesses. Long term complication is also less common in those with a healthy diet such as heart disease and strokes.
Independent boarding schools will often run audits on their food choices for students. Making sure they fit to strict guidelines for dietal value. A healthy diet has been associated success in all areas of schooling including exam results and sporting achievements. By teaching healthy consumption and making meal times a social event, independent schools encourage students to pick up good consumption habits, and give parents and guardians peace of mind that their child or charge is receiving the best start in life.
The menu independent boarding schools should ensure to incorporate the full 5-a-day fruit and vegetables as recommended in the UK. A fair level of protein and carbohydrates should be factored in, as well as a nod to the fact that they are children, and deserve a treat from time to time. Many schools promote their menus online for parents and guardians to peruse. It's always worth checking the menu of the boarding school you are considering, making sure they can cater for your child's needs.
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Independent boarding schools take the diet of their students very seriously, as the importance of a balanced and nutritious diet at Boarding school age cannot be overestimated.
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