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Snack Guidelines

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STATE OF HAWAII

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

ELSIE H. WILCOX ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

4319 HARDY ST.

LIHUE, HAWAII 96766


Dear Parents/Guardians,

At Wilcox Elementary School, your child’s, health, safety and overall well-being is of utmost importance.  Therefore, we are implementing snack guidelines for this 2017-2017 SY.  Our mission is to educate our students to become adaptive, innovative, contributing members of their community.  To reach that goal, we hope to develop healthy eating habits in childhood to allow for them to become healthy adults and achieve their lifetime goals. Evidence shows that children who are healthy perform better academically. As part of our initiative for a healthier school, we’d like to encourage students to bring healthy and properly portioned snack items to school.

What is a HEALTHY snack?

Defined by USDA Smart Snack Guidelines

                

First Ingredient

should be one of the following:

 

 

< 200 Total Calories

WHOLE Grain

 

< 35% calories from total fat

Fruit

      AND

< 10% calories from saturated fat

Vegetable

              

0 grams trans fat

Dairy

 

< 200 mg sodium

Protein

 

<8 g of sugar

 

Healthy Food Examples(Healthy options that can be eaten often)

Fruits (apple, strawberries, blueberries, etc), apple sauce, veggie sticks (carrot, celery, etc.), Nori strips, yogurt, string cheese, boiled eggs, WHOLE fruit leather/gummy. WHOLE grain chips, crackers and cereal, prepackaged popcorn, oat/protein/breakfast bars, 100% fruit juices.

 

Discouraged Food Examples

(Foods that are considered a “treat” and to be eaten occasionally and snack size portions)

Foods containing sugar as main ingredients such as candy (hard, chewy, bars), “fruit flavored” gummies, Jell-O powder, Sugar drinks: Tang, soda, Gatorade, Sunny-D, energy drinks, POG.

Foods of low nutritional value which may include certain brands of chips and cookies, uncooked ramen, doughnuts.  If you send your child to school with these items please make sure they are in individual serving sizes or snack size zip locks. 

 

*For safety reasons, students are prohibited from sharing snacks and also ask to refrain from bringing peanut products due to severe allergies on campus.

**Administration prohibits soda, gum, candy lollipops, and shelled sunflower seeds. We reserve the right to prohibit any other food items that may become a problem within the school environment.

 

 

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