Pupils learn healthy food choices

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JOHN.COSGROVE@nullcluthaleader.co.nz

Just how much sugar is there in bread?

And is it good for you? Those were two of many questions children from Lawrence Area School had to discover for themselves last week.

A total of 52 children from the years 5 to year 8 classes at the school scoured the aisles of their local supermarket as they undertook a education session there.

Teacher Zoe Taylor said the classes were approached by the New Zealand Heart Foundation and offered the free programme.

“It was a two and a half hour session where the children learned all about the different food groups, how much we should be eating and the benefits of each food group,” she said

The children then went to the local supermarket and worked in groups as they sought answers to questions on levels of dietary fibre, sodium levels, calcium fat and sugar in a wide range of different products.

Food for thought uses an inquiry-based learning approach to help younger pupils learn how to make healthy food choices.

The free programme takes learning both inside and outside the classroom with in-class sessions as well as a visit to the local supermarket.

“It is an awareness about what they and what choices they can make as they learn to talk about food and eating healthy alternatives.

“The main thing was learning how to make healthy food choices and habits,” Ms Taylor said.