Sept. 24, 2020
This year’s British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) Healthy Eating Week will last seven days and run from 28 September to 4 October 2020.
The aim of the week is to bring the UK together for a dedicated week, focusing on key health messages and promoting healthy habits. This year’s health challenges are:
There are guides and posters that explain more about the challenges and the week is open to all UK nurseries, schools, universities and workplaces, and registration is free!
There are a range of resources from 2Simple that can support schools during Healthy Eating Week.
Within Purple Mash, if you are a subscribing school, you can find all our Healthy Eating resources here. Why not get children to create a leaflet to persuade people to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day a perfect activity for the Tuesday challenge or prepare a Dinner or Lunch menu for eating together for the Sunday challenge. Across the school, you could set up a blog using 2Blog where children could share their favourite family recipes as well as a display board where children could submit their favourite healthy meals. There are a range of paint projects that children can use including choosing their favourite healthy filling for a sandwich and drawing a plate of healthy food, we have made these resources free for the week.
Our PE and Wellbeing resource Striver is perfect to use during Healthy Eating week and will not only help pupils, teachers and parents to move more and get active together. Striver is a whole school (Y1-Y6) scheme of work for PE written for non-specialists. The lessons are easy to follow and include images and extension activities making it accessible to teachers from all backgrounds. Simple one-touch assessment makes progress tracking quick and easy.
Striver also includes 6 wellbeing units that focus on mindfulness, nutrition and the importance of sleep perfect for being mind kind. The units aim to boost self-esteem and build resilience that children study at increasing levels of depth as they move up through the school. This reinforcement process has been used so that by the time children leave your school, they not only understand these topics but are able to put what they have learnt into practice in a meaningful way.
The perfect book to read during Healthy Eating Week for Serial Mash subscribers is Our Big Kitchen, inspired by the OBK community kitchen project in the heart of Bondi, Sydney Australia, founded by Rabbi Dr David Slavin in 2005. The Serial Mash book ‘Our Big Kitchen’ is the fictional story of Sienna and her journey through hardship and how the kindness of others and the support of the Our Big Kitchen Charity is imperative to her and others in her situation.
“The experience of Our Big Kitchen was very rewarding. I have learnt many things like how hard some people have it, and how important food is. The experience taught me how fortunate we are, and how necessary food preservation is. It was an experience that makes you incredibly thankful for what we have and proud of helping the community” – Aurelia Age 14.
The OBK project inspires individuals to come together to help people in need, just like Sienna. In addition to providing much-needed food, the project also runs school programs which, in addition to teaching hygiene, food preparation and nutrition, are designed to teach students about giving from a young age, and about those less fortunate. At the heart of it, they are taught about giving. Our Big Kitchen believes in the power of giving -'Through giving, you will receive'. People from all walks of life can connect and work together doing good for those less fortunate. Food and giving meals is the positive end result but the journey of how the meal was made is just as important.
You can read Chapter 1 of the book for free as part of Healthy Eating Week here.