Training school staff to deliver healthy eating messages
A cluster of schools initially approached us after receiving community funds to promote healthy eating. Rather than deliver the course ourselves, we will train staff to set-up and deliver an out-of-hours 'food discovery club'. This combines nutrition education, cookery demonstrations and even physical activity tasters. We feel it is important that staff are trained to ensure sustainability and not rely on an external provider such as ours as funding is restricted.
Today's training will begin in a supermarket. Here we will walk through the aisles and discuss 'eight steps to healthy living' as advocated by the FSA and DH. We will teach participants how to label read, discuss confusing messages and items that are good value based on nutrition and cost. We will also purchase products that target young children including breakfast cereals, confectionery, branded items for the lunch-box, items endorsed by celebrities etc. Back in the training room, we'll be weighing out the total fat, saturated fat, sugar and salt content of some of the purchased food items. These make excellent resources for our sessions. Staff will also be guided on how to use the Eatwell plate to promote a balanced diet and learn to take into consideration the cultural and social background of the audience they are working with.
Training will continue during the first two six week courses. Like most teacher training programmes, we'll ensure staff have an opportunity to practice their new skills and we will then observe and provide ongoing support. Please note that comprehensive session plans are used with clear objectives for each.
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