HEALTHY MEALS IN SCHOOLS PROGRAMME (HMSP)
Dear Parent / Guardian,
Healthy Meals in Schools Programme (HMSP)
Health has always been an important aspect of a child’s holistic development. To support the holistic development of our youths, the school has implemented the Healthy Meals in Schools Programme (HMSP) since 2016 to promote healthy eating among the students.
The objective of the programme is to help schools build a supportive environment to promote healthier eating. The programme provides schools with a set of food service guidelines that aim to reduce the amount of fat, salt and sugar in food preparation, as well as encourage the consumption of fruit and vegetables, and wholegrains. For more information on the programme, parents may visit the HMSP webpage at https://www.healthhub.sg/live-healthy/511/Healthy%20meals%20in%20school.
In addition to the preparation and serving of healthier meals in schools, students are also educated on healthy eating, amongst other health topics, during their Physical and Health Education lessons.
Impact of HMSP
To grow optimally, students need the nutritious benefits from the consumption of healthier and balanced meals. The healthier eating habits inculcated from young in the school setting will help them make healthier choices outside of school and later in life. The programme supports increased consumption of wholegrains, fruits and vegetables while reducing saturated fat, sugar and salt in school meals.
Wholegrains, fruits and vegetables are rich in dietary fibre and important vitamins and minerals. An increased intake of these nutritious food is linked to reduced risks of many diseases (e.g. heart disease, stroke and certain cancers) for a child, both now and in the future.
Added sugar in drinks and snacks provide little nutrition value to a child’s diet and too much sugar can lead to excessive weight gain and health problems. Most children have a sweet tooth and should be encouraged to consume less food and drinks containing added sugar. This will allow children to gradually adapt to the taste of reduced sugar food and drinks.
Fat is an essential nutrient in a child’s diet as it provides energy and helps to absorb, transport and store other important nutrients in the body. However too much fat, especially saturated and trans-fat, can lead to excessive weight gain and health problems (e.g. heart disease).
Parents are also encouraged to find out more about how your child is benefitting from HMSP by visitinghttps://www.healthhub.sg/live-healthy/1114/healthy-eating-in-school-and-at-home. More information on the HMSP is also available in HPB website at www.hpb.gov.sg. Let us work together to cultivate a healthy eating habits for our students and your children. Thank you.