Premiers’ Reading Challenge

The Premiers’ Reading Challenge is a great way to get students reading and talking about books.

How does the Challenge work?

The 2014 Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge begins in February 2014 and officially ends on 12 September 2014. . Students in Years 3 to 10 who accept the Challenge must read 15 books during this period.

Three elements support students and schools participating in the Challenge: the rules, the book list and the online system for recording books.

Students must choose most of their books from the Challenge book list, and record their reading online as set out in the six rules for the Challenge.

When you have completed and returned the student permission form then you will be registered and have access to the student login.

You can find the student guide at this link.

http://www.education.vic.gov.au/Documents/about/events/prc/guidestudent.pdf

The book list can be found at this link:

http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/events/prc/Pages/booklist.aspx

 

Food labels

Food labels are a useful source of information. Learning to read and understand food labels can help you select healthier products.
here are a number of items you will find listed on food labels. To decide which products are better choices, it is useful to read the Ingredient list and the Nutrition Information Panel. Both the ingredient list and the Nutrition Information Panel are found on all packaged foods.

A useful link: http://www.fda.gov/food/ingredientspackaginglabeling/labelingnutrition/ucm274593.htm

Ingredients
The ingredient are listed in descending order of quantity. The ingredient listed first is present in the largest amount. If fat or sugar is present early in the list, the product is likely to be high in fat or sugar. Be aware of other names for fat and sugar.

Other names for sugar include:
Any name ending in “ose” or “ol” or “syrup”, honey.

Other names for fat include:
Any oil, dripping, lard, coconut oil, copha, milk solids, cream, oven fried, baked, monoglycerides or diglycerides.

Nutrition Claims on Labels.

Nutrition claims can be useful, but be sure you understand what they mean. For example:
“low cholesterol” or “cholesterol free” – all this means is the product is low in cholesterol, not that it is healthy in terms of the kind of fat, or is low in fat
“reduced fat” – the fat content is reduced from the original product, but may still not be low in fat
“low fat” – contains less than 3% fat. Generally considered to be a low fat product
“light” or “Lite” – can refer to the flavour, texture, colour or weight and may have nothing to do with fat content
“no added sugar” – this does not mean no sugar. The food may contain sugar as a natural ingredient, but just not have extra sugar added to it.

Statements on labels
“baked not fried” – Although this implies the product is low in fat it is generally not low in fat.
To be absolutely sure of what packaged food you are buying for your child, always check the ingredient list and the Nutrition Information Panel.

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