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Sugar Smart Barnet

A  Sugar Smart Early Year’s Setting and School is one that takes positive, proactive action against high sugar consumption and raises awareness of the consequences of having too much sugar; for children this includes tooth decay, excess weight, and even type 2 diabetes.

If you have not already signed up to the Sugar Smart Barnet campaign, this is a great time to get involved and pledge to become a Sugar Smart setting. You can sign up on the Sugar Smart website. When you sign up, you will be presented with a list exciting Sugar Smart actions/activities that you can choose for your setting to take part in and record activity for. There is a wealth of national and local support and resources to support your early year’s setting efforts. To explore what is available, please visit the Sugar Smart Barnet website (local) and the Sugar Smart website (national).

Smile Project

The SMILE (School Meals Initiative for Learning Healthy Eating) project seeks to educate and empower KS1 children to make healthy food choices. The two main components of the programme are the roll out of health promoting trays designed to help children eat and learn the correct portion sizes for the main food groups for a healthy balanced diet. Alongside this are the delivery of healthy eating discussions with children and if possible parents. Taking part would of course benefit KS1 children and their parents, but as a school it could also be used for the Healthy Schools London award and contributes towards PHSE healthy lifestyle delivery. If you are interested in your school taking part in this project, please fill in the expression of interest form.  You will be informed if your school meets the eligibility criteria and/or when your school can start the project (as it is run in cohorts).

Healthy Start Vouchers

The NHS Healthy Start Scheme is for those who want to give their child and themselves the healthiest start in life. The new prepaid card allows you to get at least £4.25 a per week of food staples & check your balance at nearby ATMs with the Mastercard logo.  If you’re pregnant or have a child under the age of 4, you could be entitled to receive a prepaid card to support the cost of healthy essentials.

There are many benefits to joining the NHS Healthy Start Scheme. It could take as little 5 minutes to see if you qualify and to complete the online application form. Find out more here.

Healthy Eating Week: 13th June - 17th June

The big message for the Week this year is, Eat well for you and the planet! Each day of the Week will have a different theme:

  • Monday: Focus on fibre - for meals and snacks
  • Tuesday: Get at least 5 A DAY - put plenty on your plate
  • Wednesday: Vary your protein - be more creative
  • Thursday: Stay hydrated - fill up from the tap
  • Friday: Reduce food waste - know your portions

BNF are busy working on activity packs, posters, health trackers, certificates and online events to help everyone have an enjoyable, healthy week! Look out for these on their website

See the flyer on their website for more information

NHS Food Scanner App

Encourage pupils to make healthier choices:

Research shows that nearly 28% of pupils in Reception are overweight or obese, rising to over 40% of pupils in Year 6.  The NHS Food Scanner app is a handy health hack to make it easier for families to find healthier food and drink options.

The new Scan, Swipe, Swap activities toolkit uses the excitement of the app to encourage young people to explore what’s in their food and make healthier choices.

Engaging AR technology brings food labels to life as your pupils scan their way to healthier swaps.
Look out for a class set of take-home leaflets being delivered with your school fruit and veg box to inspire pupils and their families to make healthier swaps at home. Want to send all pupils home with the leaflet? Simply order more here and you’ll also receive free classroom display assets and an Eatwell Plate poster.

Alternatively, call: 0300 123 1002 or email:


New Food and Nutrition Resources for Pupils with Additional Needs

Food - A Fact of Life have developed a suite of resources for pupils with additional needs to support leaning about healthy eating, cooking and where food comes. The resources are organised into nine learning areas, each with an introductory guide and range of fully editable resources. There are also six peer-to-peer recipe videos and recipe sheets that use Widgit© Symbols. Come and take a look now!

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