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Healthy Eating

Next week (14th - 20th June) is Healthy Eating Week 2021, a national week dedicated to reviewing the choices we make to keep well.  

There are 5 topics this year:

  • know the facts
  • make a healthier choice
  • plan for success
  • be the chef
  • keep moving.

With this in mind, we will be asking our students in assemblies next week to think about the choices they make when choosing food in and out of school, as well as planning meals and actively deciding to cook, instead of relying on ultra-processed foods. For details of our competition (closing date 28th June) please see the advert on the left. 

If you would like to learn more about ultra-processed food, the following link is informative.

What is ultra-processed food? - BBC Food

The following programme, available on BBC iPlayer is well worth a watch too.

BBC iPlayer - What Are We Feeding Our Kids?

Over recent years, we have made significant changes to our catering provision at Comberton Village College to meet or exceed guidelines, and whilst Covid-19 restrictions are currently impacting the variety and delivery of our provision, we are committed to providing an excellent range of nutritious and satisfying products to choose from.

We want to reiterate the importance of making healthy choices during the day that would not only benefit pupil well- being but also their concentration and levels of fatigue.

  • Choose food items from the different food groups, in the correct proportions; base meals on starchy foods and have plenty of fruits and vegetables
  • Limit the consumption of cakes, cookies and sweet treats; these should be occasional treats
  • Keep hydrated- drink plenty of water throughout the day
  • Choose high fibre options where possible; wholemeal bread and wraps, vegetable crudités and houmous
  • Eat a “rainbow” of different fruits and vegetables
  • Use break and lunch times as opportunities to move, stretch and exercise

For Healthy Eating week this year, students can get involved in school and at home in the following ways:

  • Focussed activities in active form time
  • A range of form activities and videos reiterating the themes shown across the week
  • “Healthier You” webinar on Monday 14th June at 1pm
  • Waitrose Cookery School cook-along on Thursday 17th June 5-6pm (ingredients will need to be purchased in advance)
  • Competitions- keep an eye on our Twitter feed @CombertonVC. Prizes planned are invitations to a parent and child cooking masterclass, making wholemeal flatbreads, harissa spiced lamb, whipped feta and tabbouleh, fresh fruit Pavlova. Embroidered apron.

We continue to take the health of our students very seriously and continue to educate them about the importance of a healthy diet and lifestyle.

There are also many helpful ideas on swapping food choices for healthier options and ideas for being active for 60 minutes a day at the following links:

If you would like to learn more about the Healthy Eating Week themes, or watch some cooking videos, prepared especially for cooking together at home, the link is below

Videos - themes and cooking - British Nutrition Foundation