Hull City Council scheme to tackle child obesity

Published: Monday 18th January 2016 by HEY Today editor

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Hull City Council has implemented a scheme to tackle obesity and poor nutrition among children.

The project aims to improve the eating habits and cooking skills of children and their parents – after it emerged that more than a third of teachers in Yorkshire say they see children come to school hungry every day.

The Whole School Food and Nutrition Programme will involve cooking classes, farm and allotment visits to understand food origins, education around healthy eating and cooking and a focus on increasing fruit and vegetable consumption.

As part of the three-year project, 50 volunteers will be trained to deliver cook and eat sessions and 50 training sessions will be delivered to school staff. A number of targets have been set for the project, including:

  • Eighty per cent of participating schools begin growing their own food
  • A five per cent increase in school meal uptake
  • Ninety per cent of participating children eating breakfast every day
  • A 10 per cent improvement in the amount of fruit and vegetables eaten for participating children and parents
  • Implementation of a healthy eating policy at all schools

Councillor Rosie Nicola, portfolio holder for safeguarding children, said: “I don’t want to get embroiled in whose fault is that, in terms of children not getting fed because there’s isn’t enough money to go round.

“What I’m saying is, let’s be realistic, we know this is an issue, we know children are going hungry, let’s not start blaming people, let’s get stuck in and work together.

“I do think we’ve lost something along the way somewhere, in terms of what we used to learn to do with our money and with the food that’s available and how it can be cooked and prepared in a way that people find incredibly tasty. But also, that is much healthier than perhaps some of the easier options.

“Despite the fact we live in the 21st century, we are aware there is an issue, both in terms of hunger in children and in terms of quality of food children eat and their understanding of where food comes from and how it’s cooked, what’s nutritious and what’s healthy.”

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Published: Monday 18th January 2016 by HEY Today editor

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