Food Dudes is a healthy food initiative run by the Department of Education and funded by the EU. The aim of the initiative is to encourage children to try and eat fruit and vegetables, and to include them into their daily life. The ultimate aim is to combat childhood obesity. If we teach our children healthy eating habits from a young age, this will help them throughout their lives.
For 16 days, our children were given a portion of fruit and vegetables daily. They were rewarded for tasting them initially and then for finishing the portion. They got to try; apples, bananas, oranges, grapes, peppers, cucumber, carrots, and mange tout. If at first the children didn’t like the taste of them, we encouraged them to try it again and again. Tests have shown that it may take up to five tastes before a child will like something. Our 6th class children were our Food Dude Superheroes who arrived at the classrooms daily providing fruit, vegetables and lots of encouragement to all the children to keep them healthy.
It is vitally important that children have a balanced diet and that fruit and vegetables are eaten as part of their everyday. Teachers are now checking that children are eating these every day in school. Children will be rewarded with bronze, silver and gold certificates if they eat a portion of any fruit and any vegetables every day. Children are encouraged to bring portions of fruit and vegetables from home into school, or you can change their carambola lunches online to ensure that they get some in their school lunch.
Our school is working towards getting our first Active Flag. A lot more information about this in the coming months