Green is good for St Pius kids

PIES and chips have been swapped for salads, yoghurts and sushi at St Pius X Primary School.

Ten-year-old Sarah Ewing samples a tuna sushi from her lunch order while Scarlett Sanelli, 7, who won the Green Canteen logo competition, helps herself to some fruit.   140718LP04 Picture: LEANNE PICKETT

Ten-year-old Sarah Ewing samples a tuna sushi from her lunch order while Scarlett Sanelli, 7, who won the Green Canteen logo competition, helps herself to some fruit. 140718LP04 Picture: LEANNE PICKETT

The school opened its new Green Canteen yesterday with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by Warrnambool mayor Michael Neoh.

The healthy canteen came to fruition thanks to a collaboration between South West Healthcare’s nutrition and dietetics department and two of its on-placement university students.

St Pius well-being co-ordinator Leanne Mahney said the school had opted for fresh, healthy options on the new menu, which in winter includes salad sandwiches, wraps, chicken and tuna sushi. Fresh fruit and special soup days are also planned.

The canteen redevelopment has cut the amount of processed foods, sugary drinks and frozen confectionary.

South West Healthcare dieticians Susan Baudinette and Jane Hurley and final-year Deakin University students Elaine Bo and Noel Kelly partnered with St Pius to help shape the canteen.

“Over seven weeks Elaine and Noel did a fantastic job engaging the staff, students and parents of St Pius to determine the future direction of the canteen,” Ms Hurley said.

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