|It is vital that pupils have the confidence, skills and understanding to make healthy food choices. Schools also need to ensure that healthy and nutritious food and drink is available across the school day. All messages about food at school should be consistent, so choices in tuck shops and vending machines should reflect what is taught in class. Learning about why it is advisable to avoid high fat, high sugar and high salt food will be soundly undermined if pupils can only buy crisps and sweets at break times. Equipped with a broad knowledge of food types, nutrition and the effect it can have on the body, pupils may even become advocates for healthier eating at home. |
For a wealth of information on healthy eating and the national perspective use the national Healthy Schools Programme website Wired for Health.