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Healthy eating lessons give schoolchildren food for thought

Healthy eating lessons

Pupils from Kings Heath Primary School have been feeding their imagination through a new healthy eating campaign developed in partnership between local businesses and the NHS.

The programme has been developed by Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust (BCHC) to improve the eating habits of  the city’s schoolchildren and tackle its growing obesity problem.

One in 10 children in Birmingham is obese when they start primary school, rising to one in five by the time they move to secondary school. The programme introduces schoolchildren to fruit and vegetables available at their local shops to help them make healthy food choices.

To launch the campaign, Year 5 pupils were invited to a `Shop and Chop’ event run by BCHC’s FoodNet service and hosted at a local Nisa store. The children had the opportunity to learn how to make and taste healthy, simple and budget-friendly family meals from ingredients already stocked on the shelves.

Fiona McKellar, FoodNet co-ordinator from BCHC, said: “We want to show Birmingham’s children how to make simple and quick meals that not only taste great but are really healthy too.

“One of the aims is to teach the children how easy it is to achieve one or more of their five-a-day by adding vegetables to meals which makes them nutritious and delicious.

“We make the sessions fun for the kids who get to dress up as their favourite fruit or vegetable and taste everything that they helped to make.”

For more information visit www.dietetics.bham.nhs.uk or call 0121 446 1021.