Benenden initiative to encourage primary pupils to eat less sugar
4th November 2016
More than 2000 primary school children will soon be finding out just how much sugar is lurking in their favourite foods, when they take part in healthy eating workshops, organised by Benenden and the team from York City Football Club Foundation.
The pupils from more than 20 schools around York will begin the workshops, which run through to Christmas, immediately after the half-term break.
Through the interactive sessions, the Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils will discover how much sugar can be found in their favourite foods.
The programme will focus on encouraging children to swap high-sugar snacks and drinks for healthier options with low sugar content and will involve interactive games and activities: all of the pupils will receive a gift from Benenden for taking part, as well as the opportunity to enter a competition to draw their favourite sugar swaps and pledge how they can make a change to win the chance to visit a York City FC home game.
Paul Keenan, Head of Communications at Benenden said: “When we’ve run similar sessions in the past, we’ve found that the schools and children who took part really engaged with the topic and enjoyed the interactive way the workshops are presented.
“This year we aim to reach even more primary schools around York, including some new schools we haven’t worked with before, and in particular, some in rural locations who are sometimes overlooked for funding and offers of interactive support.
“We really hope that the sessions will show the pupils the effect on their bodies of eating too much sugar, as well as some easy ways they can reduce the amount of sugar they eat which would have a positive impact on their health and wellbeing.”
Paula Stainton, Foundation Manager of York City FC Foundation said, “It’s really important that we continue to help educate young people about making healthy choices. By delivering this programme to so many five to eleven -year-olds, we are encouraging them to think about what they put into their bodies from a very early age, with the hope that this will foster healthy eating habits.”
Find out more information on how sugar affects your body here