The Health Minister and the Finance Minister signed the regulations that would require the provision of healthy food in the afternoon childcare facilities
- Minister of Health, Rabbi Yaakov Litzman: "The war on junk food continues at all ages. Even in the Afternoon Childcare Facilities”
- Minister of Finance Moshe Kahlon: "We care about healthy food at a young age for all children of Israel"
- The Minister of Health, Rabbi Yaakov Litzman: "The educational framework of the Afternoon Childcare Facilities is best suited to instilling habits in the field of nutrition and to activating education for the nutritional behavior of healthy eating, and we intend to enforce the regulations signed at an early age in the educational framework."
- Minister of Finance Moshe Kahlon: "Our children are the most important thing in the world. The age at which they are in the Afternoon Childcare Facilities the best time to provide them with enrichment classes, good education and healthy eating habits for life. On the first of September our children’s will arrive to excellent Afternoon Childcare Facilities with good education, good food and their parents will pay much less than in past years. "
The Ministry of Health explained that in this framework, it is important for pupils to be exposed to nutrition in the learning plan for Teachers and Nutritionists and to practice practical eating of a variety of healthy foods, as well as preparing for and after eating (e.g. cleaning and preparing a table, washing hands, serving drinking water, arrange the place to eat when finished, table manners, salad preparation and more).
- The Minister of Health, Rabbi Yaakov Litzman: "The children will adopt, as a way of life, healthy eating habits based on proper choice and the use of qualified recommendations."
The Ministry of Health also thanks MK Rachel Azaria, who assisted in passing the regulations.
Explanation of the Regulations:
The food and drinking, provided in the Afternoon Childcare Facilities constitute the meals during the stay in the educational framework, and therefore a careful consideration is required of their composition and supervision (lunch and supper if necessary).
These regulations are intended to ensure that children receive healthy and quality food that meets their nutritional and health needs in terms of quantity, variety and balance.
The Following are the Regulations Details:
Regulation 2 regulates the terms of engagement of the operator of the Afternoon Childcare Facilities with an authorized food supplier, when for the Afternoon Childcare Facilities operator, as a food dealer, the provisions of both the Authorization Law and the Public Health (Food) Law, 5736 – 2015 are applicable.
Regulation 3 regulates the terms of sale or supply of food to the Afternoon Childcare Facilities by an authorized food supplier regarding the food composition, nutritional value and quantity according to age, and specifies the composition of a full meal served in order to ensure the quality of food according to the recommendations of the Ministry of Health. Regulation 3 (5) refers to the menu of a light meal that is intended to detail the composition and variety of the meal.
Regulation 4 establishes a prohibition on the supply of forbidden food, in accordance with the details in the said regulations.
Regulations 5 require the authorized food supplier to provide food for children with special dietary needs and Regulation 6 requires the operator to publish the details of the authorized food supplier with whom he has engaged for this purpose.
Regulations 7 and 8 regulate the manner of publication of the food composition supplied in the Afternoon Childcare Facilities, as well as the details of the duty to report to the Commissioner, as required by law.
General Background on Nutrition at a Young Age
Healthy eating patterns in childhood and adolescence promote optimal health throughout the life / life cycle. These eating habits influence normal growth, continuous physical and intellectual development, and help prevent health problems and nutritional deficiencies such as: iron and calcium deficiency, anemia, obesity, obesity and eating disorders. In the long term, a varied, Mediterranean-adapted diet emphasizes the natural flavors and textures of food, helps prevent morbidity such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity.
The knowledge of the relationship between healthy nutrition and the utilization of genetic potential, improvement of Microbiome and the realization of children’s social potential has expanded. Today, the emphasis is on promoting a healthy diet and preventing chronic diseases (e.g. obesity, over weight, tooth decay, etc.). It was found that a diet containing low nutritional value, such as fast food, may cause nutritional deficiencies, such as difficulty concentrating and gaining weight. On the other hand, varied and balanced meals, consisting of as much natural food as possible, rich in fiber, low in saturated fat, sugar and salt, and rich in vegetables, fruits, legumes, whole grains and nuts (from the age of 5), and a little of animal protein adds health, contributes to better life quality and children’s ability to concentrate.