Lambeth and Southwark schools celebrate healthy eating with Food for Life

Staff Reporter (07 August, 2019) Education Health

Schools and Food for Life come together to fight childhood obesity.

30840Pupils from various schools across London take part in the Food for Life Celebration Workshop held in conjunction with several partners (Soil Association, Southwark Council, John Lewis and multiple catering companies, 10th July 2019 Photography by Fergus Burnett

Hundreds of school-children from five Lambeth and Southwark primary schools come together to celebrate innovative solutions to tackle obesity in a workshop hosted by Food for Life, writes Hillary Chaisson.

Last month five schools in Lambeth and Southwark showcased their solutions to promoting healthy eating in Food for Life’s workshop.

The ideas varying from designing a healthy snack shop, making healthier options available at lunchtimes, and appointing pupil lunchtime ambassadors that will inspire their peers to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables.

Food for Life delivers a flexible, evidence-based programme that is proven to tack health inequalities and strives to make healthy eating practical and fun for children.

This campaign is the brainchild of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity’s childhood obesity progragamme that aims to reduce the childhood obesity deprivation gap and help inner-city children achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

James Cashmore, director of food and farming at the Soil Association, said: “By commissioning Food for Life, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity are putting the health and well-being of kids and young people in Lambeth and Southwark at the top of the agenda.

“We know that kids in Food for Life schools are twice as likely to get their five a day than pupils in comparison schools.”

“The programme is wide reaching and parents of kids in Food for Life schools have been reported as eating 45% more fruit and vegetables at home.

“We are delighted to be able to help schools in the  area to transform food culture in the classroom and beyond.”

Independent research, summarised in a report titled ‘Good food for all’ revealed evidence from three independent research studies and focused in particular on four main areas of impact: children’s health, tackling inequalities, improving education, and local enterprise and sustainability

To see the research click here 

You can sign up your school to be involved in Food for Life’s school program at HERE Or you can sign up your early years development centre at HERE

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