Pupils get a taste of healthy eating

Tanya Noon (Member and Community Relations Officer) with children from Ripley Junior school
Tanya Noon (Member and Community Relations Officer) with children from Ripley Junior school

Lessons in healthy eating are on the timetable for pupils at a Ripley school.

A total of 24 children from Ripley Junior School have been receiving advice on healthy food from retailer Central England Co-operative at a number of workshops.

The Healthy Choices workshops offer the chance for children to get hands-on with a range of activities, including how to make fun fruit kebabs and gain an understanding of food labelling, as well being taught about the importance of getting meal portion sizes right so that no food goes to waste.

Pictured above from left to right are member and community relations officer Tanya Noon, teaching assistant Suzanna Williams, class teacher Martyn Fearn and students from year six at Ripley Junior School.

Class teacher Martyn Fearn said the workshops are really important for pupils.

He said: “It was an interesting workshop with lots of active participation.

“Events like these are important, as the children really enjoy learning about how to make more informed choices for health eating. Making the fruit kebabs was a real treat!”

Tanya Noon, member and community relations officer, said the Co-operative is happy to support pupils on their health and wellbeing journey.

She said: “As an ethical retailer, we are more than happy to support our local primary schools and partner with local community groups to help teach the importance of healthy eating and why including five portions of fruit and veg a day is important to a healthy lifestyle.

“Our aim is to educate and have a positive impact on the attitudes and behaviour of local people at an earlier age and I am delighted to be working with Ripley Junior School on their health and wellbeing journey.”

For more information on how the society’s member and community relations team can support your local school or community group, please email member.community@centralengland.coop