Denton and Reddish MP, Andrew Gwynne, has given his backing to the Schools Toolkit scheme so that Community Champions can provide engaging, interactive activities for children.
The ASDA led scheme helps schools set up activities for children which include growing your own herbs and fruit and vegetables as well as advice on perfect portion sizes. The toolkit was prepared in partnership with education and nutrition experts.
The scheme aims to help schools teach children the right foods to eat, as well as advice on how much constitutes a portion. Obesity is rising among children both in their first and last years at primary school, according to the latest annual measurements of children’s body mass index (BMI) in England. The figures come after Theresa May’s government was criticised for watering down the childhood obesity strategy that her predecessor, David Cameron, intended to publish.
It is hoped that schemes such as this will turn the tide and help a new generation of children understand the value of a healthy and balanced diet.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“The toolkit is a great idea and I hope it will help schools offer advice to children and parents on how to eat well, and eat healthy.
“I’m optimistic that schemes such as this will not only prepare our next generation for a healthy lifestyle but also lead to lower rates of obesity.”