Eat your greens – and your blues, yellows and reds too – was the message of the week for students at The Arnewood School, New Milton recently.
The school has just held a Healthy Eating Week, in which all 1,150 students were introduced to a wide variety of nutritional foods. Throughout the week everyone at the school participated in healthy eating activities and tasting experiences.
From creating an ‘interactive eat well plate’ to food tasting, the week was designed to whet the appetite for a healthier lifestyle. Executive headteacher, Chris Hummerstone, said: “Dedicating a whole week to healthy eating in this fun and interactive way has really helped to enrich our students’ views on food and lifestyle.
“As a school we recognise, and embrace, our role in helping to educate children on the health benefits of eating well and exercising. The week was a great way of introducing students not only to the health benefits of eating well but also the taste benefits too.”
As part of its sponsorship of the week, Tesco freely provided many different varieties of fruit and vegetables for the school to encourage the students to try something new. A ‘test your taste buds’ challenge also saw the students try different foods like hummus and guacamole.
They finished the week with a sugar swapping exercise – in which certain foods and drinks were swapped with how many bags of sugar they contained.
The healthy eating week was held in conjunction with the British Nutrition Foundation, which is encouraging young people to have breakfast every day, along with at least five portions of fruit or veg, five to six drinks, be active for 60 minutes and try something new each day.