Nutrition and Food in Schools
Nutrition is a critically important and often underestimated factor in ensuring good health. The food we eat is becoming increasingly important in a time where our lifestyles are contributing to poor physical, mental, and emotional ill-health in addition to overweight and obesity, across all life stages.
School is a key environment for promoting healthy diet and facilitating healthy habits and behaviour change, and in addition to the impact that nutrition has on our health, there is a growing body of evidence that demonstrates it has a significant impact on behaviour, concentration, achievement, and attainment (Public Health England, 2014).
We at Cornwall Healthy Schools believe that nutrition is inextricably linked to wellbeing, and therefore food should be a key focus in all schools. We want to support you in achieving the optimum nutritional environment at school, for the benefit of the whole school community.
Food and Nutrition is an integral part of the offer from Cornwall Healthy Schools, and compliments our other core areas of Physical Activity, PSHE, and Emotional Health and Wellbeing. Included in our nutrition offer is:
- bespoke guidance and support for the needs of your school
- a range of free staff training
- resource signposting
- a menu review in light of the School Food Standards
- SUGAR SMART certificate and campaign support
- Food in Schools Framework
Educating whole school communities about nutrition and health and equipping individuals with the ability, knowledge, and skills to make informed, healthy decisions is at the heart of what we do.
In addition to the obvious benefits of optimising the physical and mental health of children and the educational outcomes this can impact, the Ofsted inspection framework also has a clear focus on food, healthy eating, and the school food culture as a whole. Therefore there is no better time to consider and develop your school's approach to food. Have a look at our newly revised Food in Schools Framework, which is a great way of implementing a whole school approach to healthy eating and positive eating behaviours.
We would be delighted to support you with nutrition and healthy eating in your school, please contact your Healthy Schools Advisor or Cornwall Healthy Schools on 01209 615600 / firstname.lastname@example.org.