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Fruits and vegetables are part of mid-morning snacks in schools. Credit: Pixabay
Fruits and vegetables are part of mid-morning snacks in schools. Credit: Pixabay

Healthy food in Slovenian schools

Do you know that the food in our schools is considered the best in Europe?

Almost all children at school have a mid-morning snack, many have lunch and as lot also have breakfast at school.

Schools offer pupils up to four meals a day.

That is why it is very important that the meals are healthy. Organic nutritionists take care of this. They compose the menus and make sure that the food is fresh, healthy, and if possible, locally produced.

Almost all schools are included in the school scheme. This means that students get fruit and vegetables free of charge and milk and dairy products too. The money for these foods is provided by the European Union.

The European Union wants to limit overweight and obesity in children. Many years of studies have shown that they can protect the health of children in this way.

The scheme also includes the elementary school France Bevka in Ljubljana.

»We joined the last school year when the single scheme replaced the previous separate distribution scheme for fruit and milk. Before that, we were not involved in the milk scheme, because it was all too complicated and the amount of aid was low,« explains headmistress Barbara Kampjut.

The school had to register again this year and decide whether to get only fruit and vegetables or both [fruit and vegetables and dairy products]. They decided for both.

Students say they are happy with food at school. »It is all very organic,« explain the fourth graders laughingly.

 

Points to Consider

  1. Does every country offer mid-morning snacks in schools?
  2. Why it is good to have lunch in schools?
  3. How important are fruits, vegetables and dairy products for health?

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The original version of this article was published on October 2nd.

English translation courtesy of JL Flanner, Total Slovenia News, an English language website with news from and about Slovenia.

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