Some 4,473 schools and nurseries, representing nearly 2m children and young people, and 1,850 workplaces (or workplace teams), colleges and universities, representing over 800 thousand adults, have already registered to take part in the British Nutrition Foundation’s (BNF) Healthy Eating Week 2019 (which takes place from 10 to 14 June). Many more are expected to register over the coming weeks.
BNF Healthy Eating Week aims to promote and celebrate healthy living, with a focus on eating and drinking healthily, being physically active and sleeping well. This is done by providing schools and workplaces with activities and informative resources to support the five daily challenges: Have breakfast, Have 5 a day, Drink plenty, Get active, and – new for 2019 – Sleep well.
Roy Ballam, managing director and head of education at the BNF said: “There are a number of barriers to healthy eating for both children and adults, and this is a real cause for concern. A survey of 2,707 11-16 year olds in the UK, conducted as part of BNF Healthy Eating Week 2018, showed us that 12% of young people are not sure what the healthiest foods are. Some 36% of secondary school pupils commented that they don’t like healthy foods and 20% said that healthy foods are boring.
“BNF Healthy Week aims to address some of these barriers, by providing schools with important information and resources on nutrition, cooking, food provenance and physical activity.”