In recent years, the health of the nation has regularly been called into question. Government statistics show that two thirds of adults, a quarter of 2- to 10-year-olds, and one third of 11- to 15-year-olds in the UK are overweight or obese.
The continued health of students is one of our top priorities, and that is why we are celebrating Healthy Eating Week. At The Ridgeway School & Sixth Form College, we believe that we have a responsibility to teach students about making healthy choices when it comes to food, and the British Nutrition Foundation’s Healthy Eating Week is a great opportunity for us to discuss this topic.
We are promoting Healthy Eating Week through our mentoring programme and catering lessons. Students are being encouraged to, in particular, think about sleeping well and getting their five a day, The school canteen are supporting these activities, and innovative posters and messages about healthy eating have been displayed around school. To further promote the event, our students are posting photos of their healthy eating and challenges on the food at Ridgeway Instagram page.
Mrs Allbrook-Dunn, Year 10 Progress Mentor Coordinator, said: "Students are reflecting this week on healthy eating and, through their mentoring programmes, discussing the five-a-day campaign and sleeping well to engage our brains for learning."
Making significant health changes requires a joint effort from our school, students, and parents. We encourage parents to make healthy food choices at home on behalf of their children. By working together, we can make sure that children develop healthy food habits that stay with them throughout their adult life.