There have been all sorts of initiatives in the last couple of years aimed at getting kids to eat more healthily. Jamie Oliver’s campaign about school dinners has been perhaps the most prominent, but there have been plenty of others.
Not to be outdone, the Food Standards Agency has teamed up with two English Premier League football clubs on local community initiatives targeting children who play football.
“Something To Chew On” is an initiative to help teach 7-8 year olds the basics of food, nutritition and exercise as part of a balanced and healthy lifestyle. It’s run by the Manchester United Foundation and funded by the FSA together with the Premier League/PFA Community Fund. Parents will also be involved, to ensure that the classroom lessons are reinforced at home.
Meanwhile, down in North London, the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation are running “What’s Cooking? Kick & Cook” for 11-14 year olds at five secondary schools in the London Borough of Haringey. Here the youngsters will be cooking recipes suggested by various Spurs players and catering staff – a DVD‘s been produced so that they can see how it’s done.
You can read more about the two schemes in the FSA’s press release.