There is a good chance that a number of students in your school are affected by food allergies. According to the ABS, 17% of Australians now avoid particular foods due to an allergy or intolerance. That’s a whopping 7.3 million Australians!
Understanding the problem and knowing what to do is important, and could save someone’s life. So here are 5 things you need to know about food allergies in Australia.
Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA) has put a poster together for display in school canteens. It includes helpful tips and strategies to assist students with food allergies to choose the lowest risk items from the canteen.
Recently, ASCA CEO David Edwards was interviewed on ABC Radio about healthy canteens generally, and specifically the ACT Government decision to ban certain drinks with sugar content. Keep reading for David's response to the role canteens play in healthy choices.
Schools and school canteens do play an important role in helping children make the right choices about what they eat and drink, but in the end the answer to childhood obesity lies with parents, education about diet, and increased activity.
ASCA believes in a staged approach in school canteens:
Lots of activities are taking place across the country to say 'thanks' to our wonderful canteen staff and volunteers as part of Celebrate Canteen Week. Di at Watsonia PS in Victoria is giving a free lollie snake with every lunch purchased and has managed to double her orders. And, our National Ambassador, Olympic Gold Medallist, Natalie Cook (pictured right) has been visiting schools to get everyone excited!
If you've got some great ideas to share with your fellow canteens, leave a comment below.
Take advantage of ASCAplus, ASCA’s new program for the staff and volunteers in schools. In ASCAplus, staff and volunteers can take advantage of the discounts and specials that are on offer from selected ASCA suppliers. For example, The Good Guys is an ASCAplus supplier - next time you are looking for an appliance, get a quote from The Good Guys and you will be pleased to find out how much you can save.
Keep a lookout for information from ASCA about Celebrate Canteen Week. It's ASCA’s big new school canteen event of the year, when ASCA encourages schools and their communities to say thanks and well done to the canteen staff and volunteers.
We will be supplying plenty of information over coming weeks about Celebrate Canteen Week and how it can be used to promote the canteen to the school community.