Food for thought

14th September 2007 at 01:00
A healthy eating pack that dispels myths about food and teaches youngsters how the media influences the food they buy, has been distributed to Renfrewshire schools.

Eating Well To Do Well is aimed at primary and early secondary pupils. It has been developed over the last two years by a group including a headteacher, class teachers, a health development worker, a nutritionist and a community dietitian.

Lorraine Cameron, convener of Renfrewshire Council's education policy board, said: "Having a healthy diet has a huge impact on learning and behaviour. There is a great deal of media interest in additives and healthy eating and these messages can be difficult to interpret."

The Renfrewshire course is presented in the form of a resource pack containing teacher's notes, lesson plans, homework activities, a CD-Rom, an Eating for Health food mat and a set of food models which are used in lessons.

The initiative coincides with publication in The Lancet last week of a study by the Food Standards Agency of 300 children, which found they behaved impulsively and lost concentration after consuming food and drink containing certain additives. The findings have prompted the FSA to warn that the consumption of additives may affect children's school attainment.

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