Pupils across East Anglia will soon be tucking into healthier locally sourced breakfast foods, after the training of a new team of school-based club leaders was completed.
Healthy Ambitions, an East Anglian charity focusing on delivering health initiatives for schools and workplaces, has recently trained dedicated school staff to run the new Early Birds Breakfast Club™ programme in Suffolk.
The programme enables schools to run specially designed clubs which place an emphasis not just on providing healthy nutritious breakfasts, but also on teaching children where their food comes from, how it is cooked, and the importance of eating healthy foods on their future development .
The clubs focus on using local ingredients, and are supported in this by working with the East of England Co-Op and a host of regional food producers to ensure that children learn about the food that is being produced in the county.
The programme involves trained staff preparing the breakfasts with the help of the children, as well as educating them about healthy eating, physical activity and local produce.
The first six club leaders completed their training earlier this month and will run the first club in 2014 at Hadleigh Primary School, which launches its Early Birds Breakfast Club™ on Monday, February 24.
This year’s programme follows on from a successful pilot in 2013, which received positive feedback from schools, parents and children.
“We are so passionate about our new Early Birds Breakfast Club™ programme, so to have seen the first club leaders of 2014 complete their training is exciting and we are looking forward to them getting started with the children at Hadleigh in February,” commented Healthy Ambitions trustee, Cara Miller.
“This is so far from just serving children sugary cereals and a carton of juice at a school desk.
“Our project emphasises locally sourced produce, healthier choices – and really gets the youngsters involved in understanding why these options are better for them, not just for their health but also to improve their learning.
“We don’t want to stop at telling young people what’s healthier, but want to go further and really help them learn more about where their food comes from, our environment and how it creates the produce they see on their plate.”
Healthy Ambitions is keen to hear from any producers wishing to supply produce for the Early Birds Breakfast Club™, or who would like to visit a school to engage with the children and talk more about their food business.
Headteachers interested in developing an Early Birds Breakfast Club™ for their school should also contact Healthy Ambitions.
For more information, call Anne Gartley on 01473 786672