Healthy Eating

Lead: Diana Hansford Diana.Hansford@babcockinternational.com

Aim

To establish and implement a Whole School Approach to Food and Healthy Eating.

Healthy Eating

Healthy eating is about maintaining a balanced diet. This means eating foods from all the different food groups in the right amounts. The Eatwell Guide is a policy tool used to define government recommendations on eating healthily and achieving a balanced diet https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-eatwell-guide

The Eatwell Guide shows the proportions of the main food groups that form a healthy, balanced diet and reinforces the key messages:

• Eat at least 5 portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day
• Base meals on potatoes, bread, rice, pasta or other starchy carbohydrates; choosing wholegrain versions where possible
• Have some dairy or dairy alternatives (such as soya drinks); choosing lower fat and lower sugar options
• Eat some beans, pulses, fish, eggs, meat and other proteins (including 2 portions of fish every week, one of which should be oily)
• Choose unsaturated oils and spreads and eat in small amounts
• Drink 6-8 cups/glasses of fluid a day

Change4Life

Change4Life is a public health programme in England which began in January 2009, run by the Department of Health. It is the country's first national social marketing campaign to tackle the causes of obesity using the slogan "eat well, move more, live longer". It runs a healthy eating campaign for schools each January. Resources from past campaigns and other useful resources can be found on the school zone of the website
https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools/topics/healthy-eating/overview

BNF Healthy Eating Week

Each year the British Nutrition Foundation run a Healthy Eating Week in June. Registration is FREE and helps to demonstrate your commitment to promoting health and wellbeing. The Week celebrates healthy eating, cooking, food provenance and physical activity. The resources are available throughout the year at http://www.foodafactoflife.org.uk/site.aspx?siteId=20&t=5

 

A Whole School Approach 

A Whole School Approach to Healthy Eating sees Healthy Eating integrated in to every part of the school day from breakfast club through break time snacks, school and packed lunches to after school clubs and incorporated in the curriculum. Pupils should also be taught about where food comes from and given opportunities to explore food through practical cookery. This whole school approach to healthy eating including the schools food provision should be reflected in the schools Whole School Food Policy which should be guided by the school nutrition action group (SNAG) or other representative body, governors, school council and other members of the whole school community and reviewed regularly.

Government advice on planning and providing food in schools is outlined in the document below.  It explains how legislation applies to food provided within schools in England. It outlines the role of school governing boards, and stipulates the legal requirements for food provided across
School_food_in_England.pdf

The School Food Plan 

The school should follow the direction and ethos of the School Food Plan which supports the Whole School Approach to Healthy Eating http://www.schoolfoodplan.com/. An agreed plan that has the support of the Secretary of State for Education and of the diverse organisations that can support head teachers to improve food in their schools.

The School Food Plan initiated same significant policy changes in School Food ;-

In January 2015 a new set of standards for all food served in schools came into force and become mandatory in all maintained schools, and new academies and free schools. The new school food standards were designed to make it easier for school cooks to create imaginative, flexible and nutritious menus.
http://www.schoolfoodplan.com/actions/school-food-standards/