WITH most secondary schools in Limerick now back in action for the new school year, parents have been urged to encourage their children to eat healthier lunches in school.
As childhood obesity is still on the rise, having a healthy and nutritious lunch during school time is as important as ever.
Principal at Laurel Hill Coláiste FCJ Aedín Ní Bhriain said that most of her students “bring in their own lunch, but they might supplement it with something from the school shop”.
The school shop, she said, provides “hot rolls, a variety of white and brown bread sandwiches and wraps, some fruit, some juices and there are some sweets and chocolate as well”. They also offer soup in the winter.
She also said that the over-consumption of fizzy drinks and confectionary items is not a problem in the school.
“Many of the girls bring in different teas because we have boilers to heat whatever drink you want and a lot of the girls drink water too,” she explained.
She added that while the school currently has no ban on confectionary items, she would “have no hesitation in banning” them if the need arose.