Pupils learn about healthy eating

Healthy Lifestyles Week at Leen Mills School, Hucknall. Children l-r Ryan Wheat 8, Josie Spick 8, Kelly Seaman 11, Charlie Waters 8, Liam Dawson 10, Chloe Ford 9. Back is Wendy Reynold a Nutrition Asisstant from the County Health Partnership and Deputy Head Amanda James.
Healthy Lifestyles Week at Leen Mills School, Hucknall. Children l-r Ryan Wheat 8, Josie Spick 8, Kelly Seaman 11, Charlie Waters 8, Liam Dawson 10, Chloe Ford 9. Back is Wendy Reynold a Nutrition Asisstant from the County Health Partnership and Deputy Head Amanda James.
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Pupils of all ages at Leen Mills Primary School have been educated about healthy lifestyles in a special week of education.

A variety of practical and classroom based activities have taken place in the Hucknall school to highlight the impact of healthy eating and exercise to the children.

Parents have also been involved with a special coffee morning held on Tuesday where information and recipes as well as support was given to mums and dads from dieticians.

“It has been a wonderful week which has been enjoyed by the children and well supported by the parents,” said deputy head Mandy James. “The children have been involved in creating their own smoothies, a theatre group put on a performance about healthy lifestyles and Nottinghamshire County Council’s Life Education Bus was also on-site for the week.”

Children took part in special assemblies and workshops where they were taught about hidden sugars in particular foods and drinks and about sugar swaps.

“The youngsters were very surprised by some of the information, especially when it came to soft drinks,” added Mrs James. “The Friends of the school kindly purchased new water bottles for every child as a way of encouraging them to choose water over high-sugared drinks.”

Youngsters also tried and tested different kinds of foods and looked at healthy alternatives to snacks and sweets, including low sugar flapjacks.

“Our Treehouse group made the flapjacks for the parents’ coffee morning which were very well received,” added Mrs James.

Healthy eating forms part of the curriculum in schools and regularly features as part of lessons.

“Childhood obesity and diabetes is a growing problem so it’s important to get the healthy lifestyle message across for youngsters to have a long and healthy life.”