Healthy Living

Western School District’s Nutrition Policy is in full effect.  As such, we are now guided by a policy that prohibits some of the practices that have taken place in our schools across the district in the past. 

Children and youth in Newfoundland and Labrador have the highest overweight and obesity rates in Canada.  Unhealthy eating, physical inactivity, and obesity are common risk factors of chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer.  Newfoundlanders and Labradorians experience some of the highest rates of these diseases.  Children and youth are developing diabetes and the risk factors for heart disease and cancer at a much earlier age.

It is the responsibility of schools in our province and country to educate parents on the ill effects of poor nutrition, to provide more nutritious food choices to children in our cafeterias and to NOT continue to be an agent that promotes or enables poor eating habits. 

We ask therefore that only nutritious food and beverages be sent in for recess and lunch. We fully realize that it is sometimes difficult to find things for school lunches, but there is increasing concern about illness related to child obesity; parents have to take a lead role in addressing this with children.

The staff and students are quite active at Sacred Heart as well.   Our teachers and student-assistants have been trained in an initiative by Western Health and Western School District.  We call the program “Daily Physical Activity”.  The intent of the program is to provide every child with the opportunity to be physically active for at least 20 minutes every day.  On days when students do not have a scheduled Physical Education Class, teachers incorporate physical activity into their routine Math, Science, or Religion lesson, for example. 

Statistics are showing a crisis situation is looming in childhood obesity and the adult complications and diseases (heart disease, respiratory illness, diabetes, etc.) that accompany them are indicating a disastrous path. Health Canada warns that if the present trend continues, “We could be the first generation of parents whose life span is longer than our children’s.”  That is a very sobering statistic, one that has made us step up to the plate and ensure that we are doing what we can here at the school to encourage healthy and active living. 

As well, when our children arrive in the morning, they immediately and without hesitation head to the gym for some form of physical activity.  Mrs. Young, our Physical Education teacher will be either hosting a skip-rope and hula-hoop activity, an aerobics DVD or a running and walking track.  Our children love it; they can’t wait to get into the school in the morning to see Mrs. Young has planned for the gym.

Do continue to encourage this type of healthy living at home.  Discourage the junk food and get active with your children; it does both parties a world of good