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Riverside Primary School has been recognised for their project, Healthy food choices, which commits to changing children's unhealthy food habits, with a Partnership acceptance learning sharing (PALS) health award.
The Healthy food choices project aims to make a difference in students’ eating habits by educating both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students, parents and grandparents, with free Foodbank workshops being held throughout the year providing information on healthy snacks and lunches. These are then followed up with a workshop for year one students and a cooking class where students make recipes they've already learnt.
The school’s health coordinator, Terry Wozniuk noted the importance of students knowing what to eat. 'That’s why we started; because of the amount of junk food being eaten at school,' said Mr Wozniuk.
The PALS awards are an initiative of the Department of Aboriginal Affairs that encourages young people to take a leadership role in strengthening the relationships that exist in their local community between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.
The school has also been awarded a grant from the Medibank community fund which enables the school to host Fresh Fruit Friday, where students invite their parents along for a fresh fruit morning tea and a free fresh fruit raffle.
Source: Mandurah Mail