The Root Cause Update – Introducing the Children’s Health Program 

We are excited to announce a new healthy lifestyles initiative for Craigburn, ‘The Children’s Health Program,’ run by The Root Cause. We would especially like to thank one of our students, Ashlyn and her family for bringing this great initiative to our attention.

At Craigburn, we are committed to educating the whole child, and are aware that health and wellness are critical elements of a young person’s development. This goes well beyond physical activity to include mental, nutritional and emotional wellbeing.

The Root Cause’s Children’s Health Program is a partnership with schools and families, designed to educate and empower children to make better food and sleep choices that will improve their behaviour and academic performance for the long term. The Program educates families on how their food and sleep habits impact on their overall wellbeing and ability to be their best. The Root Cause has educated and empowered over 35,000 children, parents and teachers from over 145 schools across Australia.

We have finalised details to commence this program on Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th of October, with students participating in the The Mad Food Science Incursion. A free Parent Seminar is also offered on Monday evening. See details below.

The Mad Food Science Incursion for Students

The Mad Food Science Incursion is a fun, interactive educational workshop that uses quirky experiments to get children to understand key health messages. The Root Cause have presented this workshop to over 140 schools and over 35,000 children and parents, with great success and feedback.

The main objectives of the program are to teach students concepts such as:

  • Why their body needs a rainbow of fruit and vegetables
  • To take responsibility for what they put in their mouth
  • To taste food with their tongue, not with their eyes
  • How to read food packets, and why real food is so much better
  • How food can affect their mood, concentration and behaviour
  • How to start positive conversations about healthy food at home
  • To make better choices together with parents  at home, and in lunchboxes

The Incursion features thought-provoking conversations, engaging experiments, and a taste-test for every student. Students regularly change their behaviour around food immediately after attending the program.

As part of the incursion, students will have the opportunity to participate in a green smoothie taste test. Your child/ren will be bringing home a permission form for you to provide consent for them to participate in this taste test.

The Mad Food Science Parent Seminar 

On Monday evening 25th October, the Root Cause team is holding a free seminar at Craigburn from 6.00pm (Hall / Library pending numbers), where parents can learn about their child’s participation in The Mad Food Science Incursion, as well as gain insights into how common lunchbox foods are impacting your child’s concentration, learning, and behaviour in school.

The seminar will also cover simple ways you can make healthy changes to your child’s lunchbox, and some tactics to help make smooth transitions to more whole food in your family’s diet. There will be something for everyone, with no judgement, regardless of where you are on your health journey.

What will be covered:

  • The key messages from The Mad Food Science Program
  • Why healthy lunchbox food is so important
  • About additives and preservatives
  • How to understand food labels
  • What to do if you’re short on time
  • How to deal with fussy eaters
  • How to overcome lunchbox stress
  • What to pack in a healthy lunchbox
  • How to ensure your kids LOVE their lunch

If you would like to attend the parent seminar, please register via the attached Google Form. If attending, please indicate on the form if you would like your child/ren to be supervised.

Teachers and classes will begin the program this week by completing a waste survey in preparation for the Mad Science incursion on Monday and Tuesday.

Kind regards,

Nicky Taylor – Senior Leader