St Kilda Park Primary School put on the sunshine on Monday 10 November to host the national launch of Roy Royce: A healthy choice – a new healthy initiative developed with Nutrition Australia Victorian Division to encourage 4-8 year olds to embrace healthy minds, healthy bodies and healthy choices.
Author & illustrator Kieran Brophy led a fun-filled one hour “healthy eating” workshop with 60 foundation students at the school. Activities included: dancing like bananas, making vegie poses with bodies, chomping on fresh fruit and joining together for a reading of “Did Roy Royce make a healthy choice? Food choices” – a colourful and entertaining children’s picture book that engages children in conversations about healthy eating.
“I created Roy Royce as a fun character who not only appeals to kids but also challenges them to recognise their own healthy choices, as they develop their own life-long habits” said Kieran.
And there’s clearly a good reason to be continuing in our efforts to promote healthy eating behaviours, with less than 1 in 10 Australian children aged 4-13 years eating enough vegetables each day to support a healthy intake.
As well as a colourful book, Roy Royce: A healthy choice comprises lots of free healthy eating resources for Early Years Educators and Primary School Teachers that support key messages in the Australian Dietary Guidelines and link to the Early Years Learning Framework and Australian Curriculum.
Dietitians and nutritionists at Nutrition Australia Victorian Division have provided a comprehensive review of the resource to ensure healthy eating messages are accurate and age-appropriate for young children.
“Roy Royce: A healthy choice is a fun and playful way for educators and parents to teach young children about the benefits of eating healthy foods and drinks” said Nutrition Australia Victorian Division Executive Officer Lucinda Hancock.
Assistant Principal at St Kilda Park Primary School, Andrew Schneider, welcomes the new book and resource.
“Our Teachers have been waiting for something like this,” Andrew said, “we look forward to using Roy Royce: A healthy choice to further develop our healthy eating curriculum at St Kilda Park Primary.”
Roy Royce: A healthy choice has been developed by Kieran Brophy with the assistance of Nutrition Australia Victorian Division and is being launched in November 2014.
To download your free healthy eating resources and to purchase a copy of the new Roy Royce children’s book visit www.royroyce.com.au
 Taken from the Australian Bureau of Statistics/Australian Health Survey: Updated Results, 2011-2012
Check out these photos from the day…
Lastly, a big congratulations to Stella for trying her best and being a stand-out performer in all our healthy activities – well done you’ve got yourself a Roy Royce frisbee!