This week’s blog looks to show you a simple way one school is addressing what kids eat. We showed you some interesting posts on our Facebook this week including this video which has plenty of for thought with regard sugar intake.
One of our students, Kara shares her experience below on an interesting project that is now growing from strength to strength…
Schools are often looking for parents to help out with different projects, like was the case at my kid’s school a few years back. The possibility of a healthyprogram was being discussed. It was queried would any parents like to organise this instead of getting a government group in. So a few of us accepted & ran a ‘Healthy Eating Month’, 1 day a week for 4 weeks.
- Week 1 we did Smoothies, Juices & .
- Week 2 was tasting all types of healthy , everything from smoked to kale to seeds.
- Week 3 was whole , all things brown, , quinoa , bean .
- And finally, on Week 4 we handed a box of Healthy & Treats into each classroom, flapjack bites, fruit , , etc.
The reaction from kids was phenomenal. We have just finished our third year of this healthymonth and it is going from strength to strength. This year we added sugar demos, food groups, recipes & more. It is really amazing to see the kids getting more adventurous every year! They really enjoy it and are very sad when it comes to an end. This time we even got a few local shops to sponsor us some free so it was cost-effective.
With obesity figures at an all-time high, there is a need forto be taught as part of the school curriculum. Such a necessary life skill & one that will help to create a healthier future for Ireland.
Kara Reilly – Current IINHTherapy Student