Useful resources for young people
The Food a fact of life organisation provides free resources about healthy eating, cooking, food, and farming for children and young people aged 3 to 18 years.
Healthy eating is also important for healthy teeth. Two useful resources have been produced by the Bucks Oral Health Improvement Team to support early year units and special schools to develop a whole-school approach to good oral health.
Download the NHS Oral health guide for early years
Other useful information
Schools are ideally placed to provide children and young people with positive food experiences, from providing good quality nutritious foods, an engaging and stimulating lunchtime environment, and opportunities to learn and experience food through the curriculum. A good school food culture improves children’s health and academic performance1.
Food comes in many different forms, a hot meal or cold meal provision, packed lunches, snacks, breakfast clubs, after-school clubs, tuck shops, and even access from outside especially in secondary schools that allow pupils off-site.
Ultimately it is the governing body that is responsible for school food provision, and ensuring the food meets the statutory school food standards.
There are many resources available to assist schools to develop a positive school food culture. For further information please visit: schoolfoodplan.com
The importance of water
It’s important to drink plenty of water, especially when exercising. The body loses around 1.8 litres of water daily, so you should aim to drink 6-8 glasses a day.
Water makes up around 50-75% of your total body weight and not drinking enough can cause headaches, tiredness, and loss of concentration. This can really affect young people in an educational setting.
Water, lower-fat milk, and lower-sugar or sugar-free drinks including tea and coffee all count. Fruit juice and smoothies also count towards your fluid consumption but they contain free sugars that can damage teeth, so limit these drinks to a combined total of 150ml per day.
It is advised that you drink around 1.8 litres of water a day, which can seem like a lot but spread over a whole day it is easy to achieve. A lot of schools encourage their pupils to carry a bottle of water around during the school day.
PSHE and teaching about Health, Wellbeing, and Healthy Eating
Health Education is now statutory for years 1 – 11 and is a key part of PSHE. The link below provides an overview of strands from the PSHE Association which address healthy eating through the PSHE curriculum.