Serv­ing up suc­cess with healthy food for schools

Middleton Guardian - - ARENA BOMB TERROR - BY KATHER­INE BAIN­BRIDGE

SCHOOLS in Mid­dle­ton got a bite of suc­cess when they were com­mended for their com­mit­ment to pro­vid­ing healthy food for stu­dents.

Ten pri­mary schools across the bor­ough achieved the top rating for ca­ter­ing at the Greater Manch­ester Healthy Ca­ter­ing Awards.

The ‘ex­cel­lence’ award in­di­cates they are lead­ing the way in of­fer­ing a range of food and drinks that are lower in sat­u­rated fat, trans fats, sugar and salt.

They also of­fer a por­tion of fruit or veg­eta­bles every day, and ac­tively pro­mote health­ier op­tions to pupils.

The schools that re­ceived the awards are St Gabriel’s and Alkring­ton Pri­mary in Mid­dle­ton; St Peter’s, Healey Pri­mary, Belfield Com­mu­nity School, Ashfield Val­ley Pri­mary, Brown­hill School, and Low­er­place Pri­mary in Rochdale; Moor­house Pri­mary in Mil­nrow; and Har­wood Park County Pri­mary in Hey­wood.

The schools’ ca­ter­ing teams and head­teach­ers at­tended an awards cer­e­mony at Rochdale Town Hall.

Aelred Whe­lan, head­teacher at St Peter’s CofE Pri­mary School, said: “The healthy ca­ter­ing awad high­lights the hard work and ef­fort we’ve put into en­sur­ing our pupils have a healthy, well-bal­anced and nutri­tional meal every day.

“The health, well­be­ing and safety of our pupils is some­thing we take ex­tremely se­ri­ously so I am pleased to say we are pro­vid­ing them with not only healthy food to keep them well now, but im­por­tant life­style ad­vice that they can take with them through­out their lives.

“We’ve no­ticed our chil­dren are much more en­er­getic, en­thused and ea­ger to learn – it’s amaz­ing what less sugar and more fruit or veg­eta­bles can do.”

The awards were set up to help busi­nesses and or­gan­i­sa­tions that pro­vide ca­ter­ing pro­vide health­ier op­tions. It is hoped all pri­mary schools in the bor­ough will achieve the award by 2020.

Mark Wid­dup, di­rec­tor of neigh­bour­hoods at Rochdale Coun­cil, said: “Pro­vid­ing a healthy and bal­anced school meal is vi­tally im­por­tant to en­sure chil­dren can grow, de­velop and lead healthy, happy lives.

“Schemes such as these will go a long way to tack­ling child­hood obe­sity so I would like to urge every school in the bor­ough to do their part in pro­mot­ing healthy eat­ing.”

For more in­for­ma­tion visit the web­site at health­ier­ca­ter­ing.co.uk.

Staff from Rochdale schools that achieved the ‘ex­cel­lence’ award at the healthy ca­ter­ing awards with coun­cil of­fi­cers and the Mayor of Rochdale, Coun­cil­lor Ray Dut­ton

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