Last year, Rotary Club of Hong Kong South (RCHKS) rolled out a Breakfast Project at Aplichau Kaifong Primary School to raise the awareness of a healthy diet and to encourage the students to make having breakfast a habit.  The project was confirmed after learning from Ms. Fung Pik Yee, headmistress of the school that 50% of the students there did not have breakfast in the morning.  It’s alarming.  These students were coming from lower-income families.  Although the breakfast expense is not a big sum, the families probably save the money for something else which they believe are more important.  This reflects that the families and the students do not know breakfast is a part of a healthy diet or do not really know the benefits of having breakfast.  To address this, RCHKS formed a Breakfast Fund and solicited food donation with the help of NGO Foodlink Foundation Limited.  Enterprises including Saint Honore and Circle K agreed to help.  Individual Rotarians, PP Arthur Lee from Rotary Club of Hong Kong North East, and Rotary Club of Hong Kong North West also donated money to make the campaign sustainable.

About the mechanisms, we bought bread for students at P1 to P3 and got donated bread from the aforesaid NGO and enterprises for P4 to P6 students for all school days.  In order to avoid labeling effect, the breakfast was provided to all students but not just the students from lower-income families.  The School named this initiative “Good Habit for Daily Food and Drink Programme”.  All students were encouraged to talk to their family members about the importance and benefits of having breakfast, the students were requested to report the progress to the School.  Apart from being a healthy ambassador, every student was encouraged to take part in community services organized by RCHKS to help the people in need.  Last winter, the students joined us in visiting living-alone seniors in Tseung Kwan O.

This year, RCHKS is considering to organize a health talk at the School for the students as well as their family members to further promote a healthy diet.

Ellen Chan

Local Community Service Chair, 2013 – 2014

Rotary Club of Hong Kong South

 

營養早餐計劃
鴨脷洲街坊學校校長馮碧儀

鴨脷洲街坊學校很關心同學的飲食習慣,我常與同學傾談,驚覺他們原來沒有吃營養早餐的習慣,有些可能是父母親沒有給他們準備早餐,有些是父母只給他們零用錢,他們只吃一、兩片紫菜或是吃那包「媽咪麵」就當早餐,更有些同學竟是空着肚子上課。我發現了後,很是心痛。因為孩子在成長期間,營養早餐是很重要的。無奈他們的家長為口奔馳,孩子起床時,家長已經離家。我很想給同學一份營養早餐,讓他們健康成長。

如何為同學準備營養早餐?如何令同學養成良好的飲食習慣?一直在我的腦海中盤旋。皇天不負有心人,在一次聚會中,我將這個意念與香港南區扶輪社的社長、社友傾談,大家都關心孩子的健康,結果一拍即合,大家都很希望將事情做好。

香港南區扶輪社真有辦法,人脈廣,他替我們聯繫膳心連慈善機構,膳心連負責人與我們商討後,再聯繫學校附近的聖安娜餅屋及Circle K,結果得到兩間公司的幫忙,答應每天供應同學一些麵包。

於是計劃開始了,工友每天替同學取麵包,然後帶回學校,在小息前送給同學,同學看見香噴噴的麵包都垂涎欲滴。現在同學都吃著美味的麵包,代替了他們亂吃的零食。但是因為兩間麵包公司只能供應半間學校學生的數量,有一半學生未能得到麵包,怎辦呢?我和南區扶輪社都很想這個營養早餐計劃是全校性的,於是南區扶輪社贊助了其餘麵包經費,因此全校同學每天都能得到一個富有營養的麵包了。

另外,為了加強同學們的良好飲食習慣,學校又推出一個「良好健康飲食習慣」的計劃,以食物金字塔為基礎,每天請學生做紀錄,當同學吃了健康食物加分,吃了不健康食物減分,相抵消後,計算每天得分,高分的同學得到獎勵。

這計劃得到家長的配合,效果十分理想。我觀察這計劃的進行,同學吃麵包時吃得津津有味,零食也少吃了。有老師告訴我,同學因為少吃零食,每天中午吃飯時,吃的份量也增加了,身體也較以前健康了。有孩子對我說:「我己經戒吃薯片了,但媽媽未戒,我已勸她少吃零食了。」我聽了後覺得很好笑,原來營養早餐計劃除了學校的同學得益外,更影響了家庭的飲食習慣。