More than 200 pupils at schools in the Bishop Auckland area
recently experienced some fun food tasting sessions as part a
healthy lifestyle programme.
The 10 week programme is run by the Durham Dales locality,
Family Initiative Supporting Children's Health (FISCH) team. These
sessions were supported by Sainsbury's Supermarket, West Auckland,
who kindly donated the fruit for this last term.
The scheme promotes the importance of healthy eating and
physical activity in primary school children, primarily in years 4
Children from Etherley Lane, Copeland Road, Oakley Cross, St.
Helens and St. Josephs Primary Schools are the latest to complete
the programme in the Durham Dales area.
The programme is jointly delivered by a Health Advisor and a
Physical Activity Officer and involves 10 weeks curriculum based
education around the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and fun
physical activity sessions before, during and after the school
Amanda Dobson, Health Advisor, said, "The food tasting sessions
are a great way of encouraging the children to try fruit and
vegetables whilst also educating them about the many
benefits. We have really appreciated the support of
Sainsbury's Supermarket this term in donating the fruit and we
would also like to thank; Nicky Watson, PR Ambassador and Tom
Phillipson, Store Manager for coming along and getting involved in
some of the sessions."
Some of the children involved in the project gave their
comments; "FISCH is amazing because we play good games and get to
eat nice food and drink smoothies", "I think FISCH is brill, it
helped me not to eat so much rubbish" and "FISCH is the best thing
I've experienced in my life and I eat a lot more healthy
Nicky Watson, PR Ambassador for Sainsbury's Supermarket said, "The
children really seemed to enjoy the food tasting sessions as Amanda
and Lenny made it a fun way of getting the pupils to try healthy
foods, some of which they may never have seen or tasted
An evaluation from a member of the teaching staff read, "The
project is very well run and thought out. Our children have
thoroughly enjoyed all the learning and physical sessions. I
consider the project to have raised awareness about the issues and
challenges of good health and diet."
The FISCH scheme is run by County Durham and Darlington NHS
Foundation Trust and Durham County Council.
Anyone interested in the FISCH project can contact Amanda
Dobson, Health Advisor, on 01388 660375.
Published: 10 May 2011
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