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Healthier St Mick’s menu

Students enjoy healthy lunches at Deniliquin St Michael’s School.

CASS SAVELLIS September 3, 2014 9:30am

(Back, from left) Kellie Crossley, Shannon Haase, Mary-Ellen Dempsey and Alice Osbourne; (front) Rebecca Searant and Shelley Scoullar.


There was not a sugary treat in sight when Deniliquin St Michael’s School launched its healthy canteen menu last Wednesday.

There were 117 orders placed with the canteen for its ‘long lunch’, which saw students, teachers and family enjoy an extended lunch on the oval.

The launch was a joint initiative of the school’s Parents & Friends Association and teachers who wanted to improve the quality of food available.

Teachers Alice Osbourne and Rebecca Searant said they implemented ideas from a two-day workshop they attended earlier this year, called Live Life Well.

‘‘Live Life Well is a government funded health project connecting healthy eating and levels of activity in schools,’’ Miss Osbourne said.

‘‘Following the workshop we’ve changed the canteen menu, adding options like corn on the cob and steamed dim sims and taking away some of the sweeter foods.

‘‘We have also looked at the sizing of products, such as the size of the cupcakes.

‘‘It’s about making students aware of their choices and encouraging them to be active.’’

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