Serving up success with healthy food for schools
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