Pupils from Heriot Primary School in Paisley have taken the My Healthy Breakfast Challenge to help encourage them to make good choices for their first meal of the day.
The innovative challenge is part of the Food for Thought Programme, a three way partnership between the Scottish Government, Education Scotland and Business in the Community (BITC) Scotland, the Prince’s Responsible Business Network.
The fun, breakfast event was championed by Business in the Community Scotland, as part of Responsible Business Week, an annual campaign to raise awareness of the role responsible businesses play in creating a fairer society. The focus of the week is to engage and challenge bigger businesses to do more of what the best do well, while creating a space for Scotland’s SMEs to play a meaningful role in wider society. The My Healthy Breakfast Challenge in Paisley is supported by Hamlyns Scotland, Jamie’s Italian and Morrisons.
Pupils in primary four, five and six took part in a morning of activities on Thursday 27th April helping to reinforce the message about eating a healthy breakfast, and were then asked to keep a ‘Healthy Breakfast Diary’, recording what they eat for breakfast over a month. Prizes will be given for the best breakfast diaries.
During the challenge children visited six activity stations including:
- porridge tasting;
- a sugary drinks game to help identify hidden sugars;
- the eat well guide game which helps to recognise what a balanced diet looks like
- a food labelling session, to identify sugar, fat and energy; and
- a lunch and snack box swap station where children can swap an item from their lunch boxes for a healthier choice.
Director of Business in the Community Scotland Mark Bevan said:
"We’re delighted with the support from our business partners in delivering this event, reiterating the importance of a balanced, healthy diet to children. An alarming 85 percent of children are not eating five portions of fruit and vegetables a day yet we know they perform best when better nourished.
The Food for Thought programme provides a platform for businesses to invest in the workforce of the future by helping to shape their early years development engaging with children in a way which resonates best with them."
The My Healthy Breakfast Challenge has previously been implemented in Alexandra Parade Primary, St Monica’s Primary and Craigbank Primary School.