As you might already know, upon parents’ request, Eurest does not offer dessert every day. However, beside a whole range of healthy food including free fruit sponsored by the government, Secondary pupils can buy sweet pastries, various types of candy and some drinks with added sugar (e.g. ice tea) in the cafeteria.
It is part of our school educational program (e.g PRI ddm , S1-S3 SCI S6-S7 Biology) to teach pupils how to “differentiate between a healthy and an unhealthy diet and appreciate the role of balance and moderation”. In line with this, our canteen offers a wide range of food and gives a certain amount of freedom to our pupils when it comes to decide which food they want to purchase.
If you are concerned or you have doubts on your child’s diet, you can check his/her purchase list on Eurest’s Moneweb website as well as check the full list of what is on offer at the cafeteria including the automatic vending machines.
Our Canteen Committee would like to share with you the resources below, aiming to provide concrete information to families who may need discussing this issue further with their children.
World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations
The World Health Organization details some concrete recommendations regarding free sugar intake for both adults and children in their guidelines on Sugars intake for adults and children.
- WHO recommends a reduced intake of free sugars throughout the life course (strong recommendation).
- For both adults and children, WHO recommends reducing the intake of free sugars to less than 10% of total energy intake (strong recommendation).
- WHO suggests a further reduction of the intake of free sugars to below 5% of total energy intake (conditional recommendation).
European Commission recommendations
The EU has on several occasions reaffirmed its commitment towards the health of young people. Nutrition and physical activity is the main part of the European Commission’s Health and Well-Being program
“In Europe today, 6 of the 7 biggest risk factors for premature death – blood pressure, cholesterol, body mass index, inadequate intake of fruit, obesity and being overweight – are rising across Europe. “
For the EU, schools are “protected environment where children can learn about the essentials of a healthy diet and lifestyle. Promoting healthy habits in this context can have a multitude of benefits, from improved school performance to reduce obesity levels, and minimised health inequalities”.
The European Commission’s strategy on nutrition, overweight and obesity-related health issues aims to help reduce the risks associated with poor nutrition and limited physical activity. You can read more details in the EU Action Plan on Childhood Obesity 2014-2020 publication.
Conferences on this subject are also organised by EU Institutions trade unions . Recently a conference ‘Le sucre, tous accro?’ has been organised in Luxembourg.