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Schools asked to support healthy eating campaign

All primary schools in Derbyshire are being asked to help support a healthy eating campaign from the county council's catering service.

The Food Explorers campaign aims to spark children’s curiosity around food, widen their knowledge of different foods from around the world and help them to make healthier choices.

Primary schools are being sent information and an activity pack for them to use with their students. The activity pack ‘Adventures of a food explorer’ includes videos and activities.

The pack includes information on how fish on the school menu is caught and how Quorn is made.

It also features a local school student, Ada-Grace, who visits Lower Hurst Farm in Buxton, to find out where the organic beef used on the school menu comes from.

Other activities include an obstacle challenge at Lea Green Learning and Development Centre to show how different food types affect physical and mental performance.

Councillor Alex Dale, Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, said: “Our catering service provides healthy, tasty school meals for thousands of students in Derbyshire.

“This campaign will help to give children the information they need, in a fun way, to make healthy food choices and encourage them to try new foods and ask questions about the food on their plates.

“We hope that all schools will be able to take full advantage of the activities on offer.”

All schools will receive the campaign material shortly and it can be used before the school break, or when students return to school in September.

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