Scoil Náisiúnta Réalt na Mara Réalt na Mara National School

Mill street, Dundalk, Co Louth, A91 TD3H
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Principal: Mr Phil McCaul

Realt Na Mara National School Front photo

Healthy Eating Policy

As part of the Social. Personal and Health Education (S.P.H.E.) Programme we encourage our pupils to become more aware of the need for healthy food in lunch boxes.


  1. To promote the personal development and well-being of the child.
  2. To promote the health of the child and provide a foundation for healthy living in all its aspects.


  1. To enable the child to appreciate the importance of good nutrition for growing and developing and staying healthy.
  2. To enable the child to accept some personal responsibility for making wise food choices and adopting a healthy, balanced diet.

Lunch is an important meal for school-going children. It should provide one third of their recommended daily allowance of nutrients without being high in fat sugar or salt. It should also provide dietary fibre (roughage).

We ask you to encourage a healthy lunch right from the start and provide your child with a healthy lunch every day. Children are allowed to bring in one sweet treat on Fridays. If our school is closed on the Friday of any given week, we will allow the treat to be taken in on the Thursday.

The traditional packed lunch of milk and sandwiches is under attack from a range of convenience foods like crisps, sweets, biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks. Parents and teachers are concerned about this trend but some find it difficult to come up with popular healthy alternatives.

The following guide line is designed to help you

Healthy Lunches for Children

Bread: Bread or Rolls, Rice Cakes, Crisp bread, Bread sticks, Home Made Cakes, Buns, Mince Pies, Apple Pies, Cornish Pasties and Pancakes.

Savouries: Lean Meat, Turkey, Chicken, Tinned Fish, Cheese, Sausages Rolls, Pizza Slices, Pitta Bread, Pop Corn, Pasta, Potato Salad, Rice.

Fruit and Vegetables: Apples Bananas, Peach, Plums, Oranges, Tomato, Coleslaw, and Dried Fruit, Vegetable Sticks.

Food Pyramid

Top: Oil, Butter, Chocolate, Sugar, Biscuits and Sweets Fizzy Drinks

Second: Meat, Fish, Eggs, Beans, Peas

Third: Milk Cheese Yoghurts

Fourth: All Fruit and Veg

Bottom: Bread, Cereal, Potatoes

Do’s and Don’ts For Good Eating


  • Do Eat Regular Meals, not one big meal each day.
  • Do eat as wide a variety of food as possible.
  • Do eat breakfast every day.
  • Do eat more fruit Vegetables and salad foods.
  • Do eat whole grain cereals and bread.
  • Do drink plenty of water.
  • Do use mayonnaise, salad creams and salt, sparingly.
  • Do remember to brush your teeth after breakfast and at bedtime.


  • Don’t skip meals or eat lots of snacks each day.
  • Don’t eat fried food, Grill instead.
  • Don’t eat sweets, cakes and biscuits too often. Have them as treats.