Healthy Eating

Lead: Diana Hansford Diana.Hansford@babcockinternational.com

Aim

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

Definition:

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

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.

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.

In September 2014 two significant changes proposed by the School Food Plan came into effect:-