Diet and nutrition; how parents and schools can encourage healthy eating habits


Parents and schools can join the mission to encourage children and young people to consider health eating habits. Start when children are young and make mealtimes a relaxing time. Ensure everyone eats together at mealtimes, around the dinner table rather than in front of the TV. The best way to encourage healthy eating in your children is to model the behaviour for them – be a good role model with the food you eat yourself. Talk positively about the healthy foods you eat and buy and encourage children to drink water throughout the day. You could even plant a small vege patch in your backyard that children can be responsible for.

Schools can ensure they only serve healthy options in their canteens and vending machines. Schools can incorporate mid-lesson breaks where children are allowed to eat fruit and veges in the classroom, and students can be allowed to always bring water bottles into the classroom. Schools can get the students together to build vege patches in their gardens and begin cooking lessons once the veges grow. And of course, teachers should model the behaviour they wish to see in their students – by bringing their own healthy foods for lunch.

The Wishing Well foundation

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment.

Support the Wishing Well

The Wishing Well uses its funds to help children in need access all manners of developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments. The Wishing Well takes referrals for any child/young person in out-of-home care in NSW.  Applications are assessed by qualified personnel and on a case-by-case basis.  The decision to fund an application is affected by the following:

  • Funding availability
  • The support the child/young person has to access the proposed therapies
  • The capacity and willingness of the Carer Household to support the child/young person
  • Assessment, which recommends and supports the proposed therapy as relevant to meeting the particular needs of the child/young person

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:


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