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- To demonstrate how you can boost your child’s metabolism with a brekkie! -

Walk Safely to School Day (WSTSD) is an annual, national event when all primary school children are  encouraged to walk and commute safely to school. It is a community event seeking to promote Road Safety, Health, Public Transport and the Environment.

The event was held all around Australia on Friday, 24 May 2013 with the support and participation of our school. While walking to school is not an option to all our students, the objectives of the day also include promotion of public transport, reducing the level of air pollution created by motor vehicles and reducing the level of traffic congestion. In addition it reinforces safe pedestrian behaviour, develops the vital road-crossing skills children will need as they become mature pedestrians and ensures that children up to 10 years old hold an adult’s hand when crossing the road. Finally, by encouraging schools to ‘Host a Healthy Breakfast’ it promotes a healthy diet in conjunction with regular physical activity.

Good nutrition is essential for good health and a good breakfast is vitally important to start the day well. Breakfast gets the metabolism going and helps prevent a slump in concentration during the late morning hours. Studies also show that those who eat a healthy breakfast eat less junk food later in the day and have a lower intake of saturated fat and a higher intake of essential nutrients and dietary fibre for the whole day.

Thanks to the effort of students and teachers, we were able to organise a very successful, healthy and incredibly delicious breakfast this morning for all the students. The menu varied from fruit salad, blueberry pancakes to yogurt with vanilla or mango. Others had oregano bread (Manayeesh) and washed it down with a cup of mixed berry or banana smoothie! At the same time there was a presentation to discuss the activity, hoping that with the help of our parents we can improve the level of breakfast consumption by all students.

We understand that sometimes children miss the opportunity of having a good wholesome breakfast during the morning rush. For this reason we hope the breakfast at school demonstrated how simple, quick and easy it was to prepare and enjoy a good healthy breakfast.

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