Enter your postcode so we can keep you up-to-date with the latest local news and exciting deals. Verification link has expired, please sign in and click on resend verification email from your profile page. Verification link has expired, please click on resend verification email from your profile page. HEALTHY eating has gone to the top of the class as part of a pioneering project at a South Tyneside school.
Top chef Jamie Oliver has joined forces with Sunderland AFCa€™s registered charity, the Foundation of Light, to promote healthy eating habits across the North East.Bede Burn Primary School, in Dene Terrace, Jarrow, has been chosen as a trailblazer for the scheme. Teacher Amanda Lenney said: a€?The Foundation of Light has already run really successful courses with the school, and the latest is all about healthy eating. Jamie Oliver said: a€?Knowing how to cook using fresh ingredients is one of the most important life skills you can have a€“ and ita€™s great fun for kids and adults alike. The Essex chef has spent eight years meeting with doctors, paediatricians and cardiologists - a€?the most bang-on nutritionists in the countrya€™ - and said they are a€?so disillusioneda€™ when losing funding.Mr Olivera€™s own campaign against junk food being served in school lunch halls has been held back since he clashed with Education Secretary Michael Gove following his appointment in 2010.
Separately, Mr Oliver also said that schools should ban a€?packed lunchesa€™, calling them a€?the enemya€™.'UKIP are stirring it up.
The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. Irish schools should do more to provide nutritious lunches and ban unhealthy food from vending machines, according to a leading health campaigner.
In other words, it may be time to call for Jamie Oliver as the quality of lunches eaten by Irish schoolchildren becomes a hot potato. The charismatic TV chef launched a campaign six years ago to improve the quality of British school lunches, but in most Irish schools there are no hot dinners provided at all. Research on the Jamie Oliver campaign in the Greenwich area of London by the University of Essex seem to indicate that it had a positive effect on academic performance. According to The Times Educational Supplement, results showed an 8pc improvement in Science and 6pc in English in Greenwich.

Irish parents can only look on in envy at the meals provided by schools in other countries. While Irish second-level pupils commonly make do on sausage rolls, crisps and fizzy drinks, hurriedly bought from local convenience stores, their French counterparts sit down to eat the sort of dinners that would not look out of place in a chi-chi bistro. A typical French school dinner might include an appetiser, salad, main course, cheese plate, and dessert. By contrast, the sight of overweight Irish schoolchildren queuing for fast food at lunchtime is a familiar one. The Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald attracted headlines when she announced that a ban on fast-food outlets near schools was being considered by the Government.
She said she was in discussions with the Department of Environment to see if planning regulations could be introduced to stop fast-food businesses operating near schools.
Maureen Mulvihill of the Irish Heart Foundation said the Government needs to look at the food being eaten by pupils in school. Research by the Irish Heart Foundation in 2007 indicated that almost half of post-primary schools had vending machines. Most worryingly, the Healthy Food For All report noted that one-in-five Irish children went to bed hungry because there was no food in the home and 16pc never ate a breakfast on weekdays. A recent survey of pupils of Inchicore Mercy School in Dublin found that 76pc of students questioned did not usually eat breakfast at home before going to school. Sinead Keenan, project co-ordinator of Healthy Food for All, said there were many positive food initiatives in schools.
The Department of Agriculture has been funding a healthy-eating programme in primary schools since 2007 called Food Dudes. Bord Bia supplies fruit and vegetables for an initial 16-day period, encouraging the children through a series of rewards and superhero stories to taste the foods. Cost and space limitations make the provision of Jamie Oliver-style hot lunches unlikely in most schools, at least in the short term. However, Sinead Keenan said education authorities should plan for canteens and kitchen facilities in new schools.

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The celebrity chef posted a message of support to the nine year-old after she was banned from posting pictures on her school blog. Let us know what news and updates you want to hear about and we'll send them straight to your inbox.
Alternatively they may bring their own lunchboxes or pick up snacks from a school vending machine.
It is unlikely to have any effect on existing outlets, and a restriction on future openings would not have any short-term effect. Most primary schools in Ireland now offer healthy eating guidelines to parents and some impose strict regulations on children bringing junk food to school. The children are then encouraged to bring their own fruit or vegetables to school in Food Dudes containers.
It is a long-term challenge that neither the School Food Trust nor caterers will shy away from. So thanks a lot." Martha, who has ambitions on becoming a journalist, started posted the series of pictures as part of a school writing project she started with her father.

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